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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 shortcut menu

VNC Viewer has a shortcut menu that facilitates many of the same common operations as the VNC Viewer toolbar. More on this toolbar.

Note: If you cannot access the VNC Viewer shortcut menu, it may have been disabled. For more information, see Changing appearance and behavior.

By default, to open the shortcut menu, press the F8 key (you may need to hold down the FN key on some PC laptops or Mac OS X computers):

(Some standard Windows menu options have been omitted from this example.)

Note: Under Mac OS X, more Send <key> options are available to send Mac-specific commands to a host computer also running Mac OS X.

The following table explains the effect of selecting shortcut menu options that do not have equivalent toolbar buttons.



Relative Pointer Motion

Turn on if the host computer’s mouse cursor appears to be behaving abnormally, for example by accelerating too fast.

Send F8

Send an F8 command to the host computer. (By default, F8 opens the shortcut menu; see Changing the shortcut menu key for how to choose a different key.)

Ctrl key

Turn on to simulate holding down the CTRL key.

Alt key

Turn on to simulate holding down the ALT key.

Refresh Screen

Refresh the display of the host computer’s desktop.

About VNC Viewer

Display version information. You may need this if you contact Technical Support.