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To specify a program to start upon connection

  1. In the Remote Desktop Connection window, click Options.

  2. On the Programs tab, under Start a program, click Start the following program on connection.
  3. In the Program path and file name box, type the path and file name of the program that you want to run after the connection is created.
  4. Optionally, in the Start in the following folder: box, type the path to the working directory of the program.
  5. Click Connect.

note Note

  • To open Remote Desktop Connection, click Start, point to Programs or All Programs, point to Accessories, point to Communications, and then click Remote Desktop Connection.
  • This option is available only if you are connecting to a terminal server.
  • When the connection is made, only the specified program runs on the remote computer.
  • There are two ways to end a session.
    • To end the session and close the program, use the program's Exit command.
    • To disconnect the session and leave the program running on the remote computer, right-click the computer icon in the upper right corner of the Remote Desktop window, and then click Close.
  • To specify a path, type the drive letter followed by a colon (:) and a backslash (\), type the names of the folders and subfolders that contain the file, separating each name with a backslash, and then type the name of the file or folder you want to open.
  • When you click Connect, the information you have entered in Options becomes the default setting for all Remote Desktop connections and is saved in a file called Default.rdp. To create connections with different or connection-specific options, see Save your connection settings to a file

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