How to Create Desktop or Start Menu Shortcuts With Citrix Receiver 4.2.


For an administrator to be able to configure desktop or Start Menu shortcut as they previously did with older versions of the Citrix Receiver.


Configure the Citrix Receiver icaclient.adm template??and client side registry keys.

The icaclient.adm template is part of the Citrix Receiver install and located in the following folder:

%SYSTEM ROOT%\Programs Files (x86)\Citrix\ICA Client\Configuration\icaclient.adm

1. Import the icaclient.adm template either locally on the client machine you would like to configure for desktop shortcuts or Active Directory if you wish to have this configuration for multiple client workstations in your Windows domain.
After the icaclient.ADM template is??imported, the settings we need to adjust are located under Computer Configuration.

Computer Configuration

  • Computer Configuration > Administrative Templates?? > Classic Administrative Templates (ADM)?? > Citrix Components > Citrix receiver > SelfService
2. We want to Enable the Manage App Shortcut policy with the following??settings:
  • Enable Desktop Shortcut
  • Remove apps on Logoff
  • Remove apps on Exit


NOTE: You can also name the Start Menu Directory the shortcuts will be listed under as well as the Desktop Directory that will contain the shortcuts the default setting is Citrix for both.

3. Open the registry editor on the user's machine??using the REGEDIT command and navigate the to the following location:
  • HKEY_LOCAL_MACHINE > Software > Wow6432Node > Citrix > Dazzle
Name: AllowAddStore
Type: ??REG_SZ
Data: A

IMPORTANT NOTE: The AllowAddStore registry key only needs to be modified if using an HTTP store. Setting AllowAddStore to "A" is required for HTTP stores (unsecured stores) if you are using an HTTPS store which is the default setting, you do not have to change this setting the default value for this setting is blank no value.

4. The following registry keys need to be modified on the users machine whether you are using an HTTP store or an HTTPS store.

Name: PutShortcutsInStartMenu
Type: REG_SZ
Data: True

Name: PutShortcutsOnDesktop
Type: REG_SZ
Data: True

Once these steps have been completed, have the user login to their Citrix Receiver using their credentials and it will now create shortcuts on the users Desktop and Start Menu and remove them on logoff. You can read more about these and other registry settings in the documentation listed below.


Caution! Using Registry Editor incorrectly can cause serious problems that might require you to reinstall your operating system. Citrix cannot guarantee that problems resulting from the incorrect use of Registry Editor can be solved. Use Registry Editor at your own risk. Be sure to back up the registry before you edit it.

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