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

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.

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 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.