After you connect to a remote desktop or hosted application, you can use the sidebar to launch other applications and desktops, switch between running desktops and applications, and perform other actions.

When you access a remote application or desktop, the sidebar appears on the left side of the screen. Click the sidebar tab to display or hide the sidebar. You can also slide the tab up and down.

Figure 1. Sidebar That Appears When You Launch a Remote Desktop or Application

Click the expander arrow next to a running application to see the list of documents opened from that application. Note, however, that if you have, for example, two Excel documents open from separate Excel programs hosted on two different servers, the Excel application will be listed twice in Running list in the sidebar.

From the sidebar, you can perform several actions.

Table 1. Sidebar Actions

Action

Procedure

Show the sidebar

When you have a remote application or desktop open, click the sidebar tab. When the sidebar is open, you can still perform actions in the application or desktop window.

Hide the sidebar

Click the sidebar tab.

Launch a remote application or desktop

Click the name of an application or desktop under Available in the sidebar. The desktops are listed first.

Search for a remote application or desktop

  • Click in the Search box and begin typing the name of the application or desktop.

  • To launch an application or desktop, click the name of the application or desktop in the search results.

  • To return to the home view of the sidebar, tap the X in the search box.

Create a list of favorite applications and desktops

Click the gray star next to the name of the desktop or application in the Available list in the sidebar. You can then click the Show Favorites toolbar button (star icon) next to Available to display a list of only favorites.

Switch between applications or desktops

Click the application file name or desktop name in the Running list in the sidebar.

Open the Copy & Paste panel

Click the Copy & Paste button at the top of the sidebar. Use this button for copying text to and from applications on your local client system. For more information, see Copying and Pasting Text. On iOS Safari, this button is not available because the copy and paste feature is not supported.

Open the File Transfer window

Click the File Transfer button at the top of the sidebar to download files from, or upload files to, the remote desktop. For more information, see Download Files from a Desktop to the Client and Upload Files from the Client to a Desktop.

Enable Command-A, Command-C, Command-V, and Command-X

This option appears in the Settings window only if you are using a Mac. Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar and then click Settings. When this feature is enabled, The Command key on the Mac is mapped to the Ctrl key on the remote Windows desktop or application. For example, pressing Command-A on a Mac keyboard will have the effect of pressing Ctrl+A on the remote Windows desktop or application.

Close a running desktop

Click the Open Menu button next to the desktop name in the Running list in the sidebar and select the action you want:

  • Select Close to disconnect from the desktop without logging off from its operating system. Note, however, that your View administrator can configure your desktop to automatically log off when disconnected. In that case, unsaved changes in open applications will be lost.

  • Select Log off to log off from the operating system and disconnect from the desktop. Any unsaved changes in open applications will be lost.

Close a running application

Click the X next to the file name under the application name in the Running list in the sidebar. Click the X next to the application name to quit the application and close all open files for that application.

You are prompted to save changes made to the files.

Reset a desktop

Click the Open Menu button next to the desktop name in the Running list in the sidebar and select Reset. Any files that are open on the remote desktop will be closed without being saved first. You can reset a desktop only if your administrator has enabled this feature.

Reset all running applications

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, click Settings, and click Reset all your running applications. All unsaved changes are lost.

Use key combinations that include the Windows key

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, click Settings, and turn on Enable Windows Key for Desktops. For more information, see Shortcut Key Combinations.

Send Ctrl+Alt+Del to current work area

Click the Send Ctrl+Alt+Del toolbar button at the top of the sidebar.

Disconnect from the server

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, or else click the Horizon logo at the top of the sidebar, and click Log off.

Use high-resolution mode on machines with a high-resolution display (such as Retina Macbook Pro)

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, click Settings, and turn on High Resolution Mode. (This option appears in the Settings window only if you are using a high-resolution display.)

Allow H.264 decoding

(Chrome only) Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, click Settings, and turn on Allow H.264 decoding. For more information, see H.264 Decoding.

Call out or dismiss the soft keyboard

(iOS Safari only) Click the keyboard icon at the top of the sidebar. You can also call out or dismiss the soft keyboard by tapping the screen with three fingers.

Display help topics

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, or else click the Horizon logo at the top of the sidebar, and click Help.

Display the About VMware Horizon box

Click the Open Menu toolbar button at the top of the sidebar, or else click the Horizon logo at the top of the sidebar, and click About.