When using non-English keyboards and locales, you can use an IME (input method editor) installed in your local system to send non-English characters to a remote hosted application.

About this task

You can also use hot keys and icons in the notification area (system tray) of your local system to switch to a different IME. No IME is required to be installed in the remote RDS host.

This feature is supported in Horizon Client 3.2 and later.

When this feature is turned on, the local IME is used. If an IME is installed and configured on the RDS host where the remote application is installed, that remote IME is ignored.

By default the feature is turned off. Whenever you change the setting to turn the feature on or off, you must disconnect from the server and log in again before the change can take effect.


  • Verify that one or more IMEs are installed in the client system.

  • Make sure that the input language on your local client system matches the language used in your IME.

    The input language on the RDS host is not applicable.

  • Verify that you are using Horizon Client 3.2 or later.


  1. In the desktop and application selector window of Horizon Client, right-click a remote application and select Settings.
  2. In the Remote Applications pane that appears, select Extend the local IME to hosted applications check box and click OK.
  3. Restart the session by using one of the following options:



    Log off of the server

    Disconnect from the server and then log in to the server again and connect to the application again. You can resume your applications, which were disconnected but not closed, as were any remote desktops.

    Reset the applications

    Right-click a remote application icon, select Settings, and click Reset. Using this option, if you have any remote desktops open, they are not disconnected. All the remote applications are closed, however, and you must start them again.

    The setting takes effect only after you restart the session. The setting applies to all remote hosted applications on the server.

  4. Use the local IME as you would with any locally installed applications.


The language designation and an icon for the IME appear in the notification area (system tray) of your local client system. You can use hot keys to switch to a different language or IME. Key combinations that perform certain actions, such as CTRL+X for cutting text and Alt+Right Arrow for moving to a different tab, will still work correctly.


On Windows 7 and 8.x systems, you can specify hot keys for IMEs by using the Text Services and Input Languages dialog box (available by going to Control Panel > Region and Language > Keyboards and Languages tab > Change Keyboards button > Text Services and Input Languages > Advanced Key Settings tab).