Some New Features in New Remote Desktop Client You May Not Know

If you are running Windows 8 and are constantly using Remote Desktop to manage or control remote workstations or even servers, here are a couple of features you might not be aware of.

Smart Scaling

If you often run Remote Desktop Client not in a full screen mode, you will find this new feature very useful. Right-click the top frame of the RDP client window, and select Smart Scaling to toggle it on and off. When it’s on, the desktop screen in RDP client will scale itself to fit the size of the screen when you resize it.

RDP - smart scaling

Remote Commands

When you RDP to a Windows 8 or Windows 2012 machine, these Remote Commands are your friend to let you easily to bring up those stuff that are hard to bring up, such as Start screen, Charm bar, App Switch, and App Command.

If you are in Full Screen mode, click the down arrow at the very left of floating bar at the top center of RDP screen to bring down these Remote Commands.

RDP - remote commands in full screen

Or, if you are not in Full Screen mode, simply right click the top frame bar of RDP screen and go to Remote Commands.

RDP - remote commands in window screen

Optimize Performance Automatically

There is also a new option set as default that detects the connection quality automatically and will then adjust the settings accordingly. Previously, you would have to pick one of the connection quality from the list.

RDP - optimize performance automatically

 2 more useful tips

While we are here talking about Remote Desktop Client, why not throwing a couple more old tricks?

First, go to Display tab and check “Use all my monitors for the remote session” option to utilize all your monitors if you have more than one set up.

RDP - display all monitor option

Second, to make sure pressing Win key to bring up Start screen on Remote machine, not local one, set Keyboard to “On the remote computer” under Local Resources tab.

RDP - local resource - keyboard

That’s all for today. Happy RDPing.

Kent Chen

Microsoft MVP, IT Professional, Developer, Geek, and the co-founder of Next of Windows.

Last updated: 08/04/2014

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