Horizon Client for Windows provides a familiar, personalized desktop and application environment. End users can access USB and other devices connected to their local Windows computer, send documents to any printer that their local computer can detect, use smart cards to authenticate, and use multiple display monitors.
Feature Support for Windows Clients Certain guest operating systems and remote desktop features require specific Horizon Agent versions. Use this information when planning which features to make available to your end users.
Resizing the Remote Desktop Window If you drag a corner of the remote desktop window to resize it, a tooltip shows the screen resolution in the lower-right corner of the window.
Monitors and Screen Resolution You can extend a remote desktop or published application to multiple monitors. If you have a high-resolution monitor, you can see the remote desktop or published application in full resolution.
Use USB Redirection to Connect USB Devices With the USB redirection feature, you can use locally attached USB devices, such as thumb flash drives, in a remote desktop or published application.
Using the Real-Time Audio-Video Feature for Webcams and Microphones With the Real-Time Audio-Video feature, you can use the local client system's webcam or microphone in a remote desktop or published application. Real-Time Audio-Video is compatible with standard conferencing applications and browser-based video applications. It supports standard webcams, audio USB devices, and analog audio input.
Sharing Remote Desktop Sessions With the Session Collaboration feature, you can invite other users to join an existing remote desktop session. A remote desktop session that is shared in this way is called a collaborative session. The user that shares a session with another user is called the session owner, and the user that joins a shared session is called a session collaborator.
Share Access to Local Folders and Drives with Client Drive Redirection With the client drive redirection feature, you can share folders and drives on the local client system with remote desktops and published applications.
Open Local Files in Published Applications You can turn on the ability to open local files in published applications directly from the local file system.
Copying and Pasting Text and Images By default, you can copy and paste from the client system to a remote desktop or published application. You can also copy and paste from a remote desktop or published application to the client system, or between two remote desktops or published applications, if a Horizon administrator enables these features.
Dragging and Dropping The drag and drop feature works differently depending on the Horizon Agent version and how it is configured.
Tips for Using Published Applications Published applications look and feel like applications that are installed on the local client system. When using published applications, follow these tips.
Printing From a Remote Desktop or Published Application With the VMware Integrated Printing feature, you can print to a network printer or a locally attached printer from a remote desktop or published application.
Using the URL Content Redirection Feature A Horizon administrator can configure URL links that you click inside a remote desktop or published application to open in the default browser on the local client system. The URL link might be to a web page, a phone number, an email address, or another type of link. This feature is called URL Content Redirection.
Improve Mouse Performance in a Remote Desktop If you use the VMware Blast display protocol or the PCoIP display protocol when using 3D applications in a remote desktop, mouse performance improves when you enable the relative mouse feature.
Using Scanners With the scanner redirection feature, you can scan information into remote desktops and published applications with scanners that are connected to the local client system. This feature redirects scanning data with a significantly lower bandwidth than can be achieved by using USB redirection.
Using Serial Port Redirection With serial port redirection, you can redirect locally connected serial (COM) ports, such as built-in RS232 ports and USB-to-serial adapters. Devices such as printers, bar code readers, and other serial devices can be connected to these ports and used in remote desktops.
Keyboard Shortcuts You can use keyboard shortcuts for menu commands and common actions.
Keyboard Input Source Language Synchronization When you connect to a remote desktop, the keyboard input source language on the client system is synchronized in the remote desktop.
Configure Lock Key Synchronization You can configure Horizon Client to synchronize the toggle states of the Num Lock, Scroll Lock, and Caps Lock keys from the client system to a remote desktop by enabling a setting in Horizon Client. This setting is disabled by default.