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About This Guide

Chapter 1: Introduction

Principles of VNC remote control

Getting the computers ready to use

Connectivity and feature matrix

What to read next

Chapter 2: Getting Connected

Step 1: Ensure VNC Server is running on the host computer

Step 2: Start VNC Viewer on the client computer

Step 3: Identify VNC Server running on the host computer

Step 4: Request an encrypted connection

Step 5: Connect to VNC Server

Troubleshooting connection

Chapter 3: Using VNC Viewer

Starting VNC Viewer

Starting Listening VNC Viewer

Configuring VNC Viewer before you connect

Connecting to a host computer

The VNC Viewer user experience

Using the toolbar

Using the shortcut menu

Using the VNC Viewer - Options dialog

Managing the current connection

Changing appearance and behavior

Restricting access to features

Chapter 4: Connecting From A Web Browser

Connecting to a host computer

The VNC Viewer for Java user experience

Working with VNC Viewer for Java

Chapter 5: Exchanging Information

Printing host computer files to a local printer

Transfering files between client and host computers

Copying and pasting text between client and host computers

Communicating securely using chat

Chapter 6: Setting Up VNC Server

Licensing VNC Server

Starting VNC Server

Running multiple instances of VNC Server

Working with VNC Server

Configuring ports

Notifying when users connect

Preventing connections to VNC Server

Restricting functionality for connected users

Stopping VNC Server

Chapter 7: Making Connections Secure

Authenticating connections to VNC Server

Relaxing the authentication rules

Bypassing the authentication rules

Changing the encryption rules

Preventing particular connections to VNC Server

Restricting features for particular connected users

Uniquely identifying VNC Server

Protecting privacy

Appendix A: Saving Connections

Saving connections to VNC Address Book

Using VNC Address Book to connect

Managing connections using VNC Address Book

Saving connections to desktop icons

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Using the VNC Viewer - Options dialog

The VNC Viewer - Options dialog allows you to configure VNC Viewer while a connection is in progress:

(In this picture, the dialog is in Advanced mode.)

Note: Some VNC Viewer options must be configured before you connect. For more information, see Configuring VNC Viewer before you connect.

To open the VNC Viewer - Options dialog, click the Options toolbar button, or select Options from the shortcut menu. (If the VNC Viewer toolbar or shortcut menu are not accessible, see Changing appearance and behavior.)

The first time you open this dialog, it opens in Basic mode, and only one tab is available, containing the most common options. Click the Advanced button in the bottom left corner to switch to Advanced mode and see all the tabs in the example above. Note that the Expert tab is recommended for expert users only.

By default, any changes you make apply both to the current connection and to all future connections to any host computer. To apply changes just to the current connection, turn off Use these settings for all new connections first.

Many of the options in this dialog are explained in the remainder of this chapter.