A Horizon administrator might configure Start menu or desktop shortcuts for certain remote desktops and published applications.

Start menu shortcuts are supported on Horizon 7 version 7.3 and later servers. Desktop shortcuts are supported on Horizon 7 version 7.5 and later servers.

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.

For Start menu shortcuts, 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 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 General Settings for Client GPOs.

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 Horizon Client Command Use.

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 Start Menu Shortcut Updates.

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.

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