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Contents

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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Copying and pasting text between client and host computers

You can copy and paste text between applications running on the client and host computers.

Note: The computer you are pasting to must support the language of the copied text in order for it to be pasted meaningfully. In addition, any formatting applied to the copied text, such as italics, will be lost.

To copy and paste text from an application on the client computer to one on the host:

1. On the client computer, copy the text in the expected way for the platform of the client computer, for example by selecting it and pressing Ctrl-C (Cmd-C on Mac OS X). The text is copied to the Clipboard.

2. Give the VNC Viewer window focus, open the destination application on the host computer, and paste the text in the expected way for the host’s platform, for example by pressing Ctrl-V. (To emulate Cmd-V for a Mac OS X host computer, press Alt-V on a PC keyboard.)

You can copy and paste text from an application on the host computer to one on the client. Note that text copied can also be pasted by all other users connected at the same time as you. To do this:

1. Within the VNC Viewer window, copy the text in the expected way for the platform of the host computer, for example by selecting it and pressing Ctrl-C. (To emulate Cmd-C for a Mac OS X host computer, press Alt-C on a PC keyboard.) The text is copied to the Clipboard.

2. Give the destination application on the client computer focus, and paste the text in the expected way for the client’s platform, for example by pressing Ctrl-V (Cmd-V on Mac OS X).

If copy and paste text fails for any reason, start with Troubleshooting copy and paste text.

Disabling and enabling copy and paste text

You can disable copy and paste text while the current connection is in progress.

To do this, open the VNC Viewer - Options dialog and, on the Inputs tab, turn off Share clipboard with VNC Server. More on this dialog.

You can enable copy and paste text again at any time.

Troubleshooting copy and paste text

If copy and paste text does not work, check the following:

1. Has VNC Viewer been configured to disable copy and paste text? To see how to enable it again, read Disabling and enabling copy and paste text.

2. Has VNC Server been configured to prevent copy and paste text? If this is the case and you do not have access to the host computer, you will need to consult your system administrator or a host computer user. If you do have access to the host computer, and sufficient privileges to configure VNC Server, you may be able to allow it again. For more information, see Preventing copy and paste text.

3. Has VNC Server been configured to prevent you copying and pasting text? If this is the case and you do not have access to the host computer, you will need to consult your system administrator or a host computer user. If you do have access to the host computer, and sufficient privileges to configure VNC Server, you may be able to allow it again. Alternatively, you may be able to connect as a different host computer user and use this feature. For more information, see Restricting features for particular connected users.

4. Does the amount of text being copied and pasted exceeed 256kB? If so, the entire paste operation fails, and the last text copied to the Clipboard is pasted instead.