This topic describes the features of each area on a cloud desktop.

Functional areas of Windows cloud desktops

In this example, a Windows 2016 cloud desktop is used to demonstrate the functional areas. A Windows cloud desktop consists of areas such as the desktop, toolbar, taskbar, and system tray, as shown in the following figure. Desktop areas
The following table describes the features of each area.
Area Description
Desktop The home screen section, on which commonly used applications and files are displayed.
Toolbar The section that unfolds when you click the Unfold toolbar icon in the upper part of the desktop. The toolbar contains the following buttons:
  • Home: allows you to switch to the desktop of your computer.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del: allows you to open the security options window, in which you can choose to lock the desktop, log off an account, or open Task Manager.
    Note After you lock your desktop or log off your account, you must reconnect to the cloud desktop.
  • Preferences: allows you to modify the file access, connection, display, and display layout settings.
    Note The permission policies configured by the administrator determine whether you can read data from and write data to your local disks from the cloud desktop. File access settings can be used only to limit the permissions on cloud desktops. They cannot be used to grant permissions. For example, if the administrator grants you the read-only permission, the file access settings can be used only to limit the read permission and are unable to grant read and write permissions. Even if you were to grant read and write permissions, the write permission does not take effect.
  • Devices: displays the computers that can be used to remotely connect to the cloud desktop. You can select one based on your needs.
  • Full Screen/Window: shows the cloud desktop in full-screen or window mode.
  • Disconnect: cancels the connection and closes the cloud desktop window.
  • Shortcuts: allows you to switch between running applications.
Taskbar Contains the Start button, search bar, buttons for pinned and running applications, and a system tray section. You can add application shortcuts to the taskbar for quick launch.
Start The entry point for system management and control used to access programs, folders, and system settings.
Search Allows you to search for applications, files, and tools.
Multiple desktops Allows you to have and switch between multiple desktop interfaces on your computer. This area is also called virtual desktops.
System tray Contains icons that provide users with easy access to system features such as applications, network connections, volume control, languages, and notifications.

Functional areas of Linux cloud desktops

Linux cloud desktops are Ubuntu 18.04 cloud desktops. A Linux cloud desktop consists of areas such as the desktop, toolbar, and taskbar, as shown in the following figure. Linux cloud desktop
The following table describes the features of each area.
Area Description
Desktop The home screen section. You can right-click this area to create a file, open a terminal, or set the background.
Toolbar The section that unfolds when you click the Unfold toolbar icon in the upper part of the desktop. The toolbar contains the following buttons:
  • Home: allows you to switch to the desktop of your computer.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Del: allows you to log off the desktop.
  • Preferences: allows you to modify the file access, connection, display, and display layout settings.
    Note The permission policies configured by the administrator determine whether you can read data from and write data to your local disks from the cloud desktop. File access settings can be used only to limit permissions on cloud desktops. They cannot be used to grant permissions. For example, if the administrator grants you the read-only permission, the file access settings can be used only to limit the read permission and are unable to grant read and write permissions. Even if you were to grant read and write permissions, the write permission does not take effect.
  • Devices: displays the computers that can be used to remotely connect to the cloud desktop. You can select one based on your needs.
  • Full Screen/Window: shows the cloud desktop in full-screen or window mode.
  • Disconnect: cancels the connection and closes the cloud desktop window.
  • Shortcuts: allows you to switch between running applications.
Taskbar Contains the Start button and buttons for pinned and running applications. You can add application shortcuts to the taskbar for quick launch.
Start The entry point for system management and control. You can click Start to view all the applications.