A Horizon administrator might configure Start menu or desktop shortcuts for certain remote desktops and published applications. You can configure whether changes made to remote desktop and published application shortcuts on the server are applied to the client system when you connect to the server.

If you are entitled to a remote desktop or published application that has shortcuts, Horizon Client places the shortcuts in the Start menu, on the desktop, or both, on the client system when you connect to the server.

On Windows 10 and Windows 11 systems, Horizon Client places shortcuts in the Apps list. If a Horizon administrator creates a category folder for a shortcut, the category folder appears under the VMware Applications folder or as a category in the Apps list.

For administrators - you can use a group policy setting to configure whether Horizon Client installs shortcuts automatically, prompts end users before installing shortcuts, or never installs shortcuts. For more information, see the Automatically install shortcuts when configured on the Horizon server group policy setting in Using Group Policy Settings to Configure Horizon Windows Client.

You can use the vmware-view command with the -installShortcutsThenQuit option to create a script that runs when the client system starts up and installs shortcuts automatically. For more information, see Running Horizon Windows Client From the Command Line.

For end users - the first time you connect to the server, Horizon Client might prompt you to install the shortcuts, or the shortcuts might be installed automatically, depending on how the Horizon administrator has configured this feature.

If you are not already logged in to the server when you click a server-created shortcut, Horizon Client prompts you to log in before the remote desktop or published application opens.

If a Horizon administrator modifies remote desktop and published application shortcuts on the server, by default the shortcuts are updated on the client system the next time you connect to that server. You can change the default shortcut update behavior in Horizon Client. For more information, see Configure Shortcut Updates on Horizon Windows Client.

To remove server-created shortcuts from the client system, you can delete the server from the Horizon Client server selection window or uninstall Horizon Client.

For end users - Users are not prompted to install server-created shortcuts, and server-created shortcuts are not created, on clients in kiosk mode.


You cannot change the shortcut update setting unless you have previously installed a shortcut from a server.


  1. Start Horizon Client and connect to a server.
  2. Open the Settings dialog box and select Shortcuts.
    • Click the Settings (gear) icon in the upper-right corner of the desktop and application selector window.
    • Right-click the remote desktop or published application icon and select Settings.
  3. Toggle the Automatically update list of application and desktop shortcuts option to on or off.