In Horizon 7 version 7.3 and later, a Horizon administrator can configure Start menu shortcuts for remote desktops and applications.

If you are entitled to remote desktops or applications that have shortcuts, Horizon Client places the shortcuts in the Start menu on the client system when you connect to the server.

On Windows 7 systems, Horizon Client places shortcuts in the VMware Applications folder in the Start menu. On Windows 8 and Windows 10 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.

You can use a group policy setting to configure whether Horizon Client automatically installs shortcuts, 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 General Settings for Client GPOs.

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 desktop or application window opens.

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

You can remove server-created shortcuts from the Start menu by deleting the server from the Horizon Client server selection window or by uninstalling Horizon Client.


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