Even if you do not have a remote desktop open in Horizon Client, you can log off of the remote desktop operating system by using a remote desktop icon on the desktop and application selector.

About this task

If you are currently connected to and logged in to a remote desktop, use the Windows Start menu to log off. After Windows logs you off, the desktop is disconnected and Horizon Client closes.

If you disconnect from a remote desktop without logging off, applications remain open on the remote desktop.


  • Obtain the credentials that you need to log in, such as Active Directory user name and password, RSA SecurID user name and passcode, or RADIUS authentication user name and passcode.

  • Note that any unsaved files that are open on the remote desktop will be closed during the logoff operation.


  1. In Horizon Client, connect to a View server by tapping a server icon on the Servers home screen.
  2. If prompted, supply your RSA user name and passcode, your Active Directory user name and password, or both.
  3. On the desktop and application selector screen, tap and hold (or right-click) the desktop or application icon.

    The item is selected and the app commands appear at the bottom of the screen.

  4. Tap Log Off.

    Alternatively, when you are logged in to the remote desktop operating system, you can log off by tapping Disconnect > Log Off in the app commands at the bottom of the screen.

    To display the app commands, swipe up from the bottom of the screen or use the Win+Z key combination. If you have Windows 8.1 Update, you can also swipe down from the top of the screen or right-click the VMware Horizon title bar if you use an external mouse device.