Wednesday, September 14, 2011

Keyboard shortcuts for SmartCode VNC Manager

This article lists keyboard shortcuts that you can use with SmartCode VNC Manager.

Main window

  • Delete: Delete the selected item (registered computer, group, or dynamic search folder).
  • Ctrl+Shift+1: Show Registered Computers tab.
  • Ctrl+Shift+2: Show VNC Thumbnails View tab.
  • Ctrl+Shift+3: Show Hyper-V Thumbnails View tab.
  • Alt+F1: Toggles "Navigation Tree Always Visible".
  • Alt+F2: Toggles "Show Actions View".
  • F6: Open the properties for the selected object.
  • F7: Open the application settings window.
  • F10: Activates menu bar options.
  • CTRL+A: Select all the items in the current window.
  • CTRL+L: Start "listening" VNC viewer.

Quick Connect

  • Ctrl+1: Moves focus to the Quick Connect text box on the toolbar.
  • Ctrl+Arrow Up/Down: Changes the default quick connect protocol (when the Quick Connect text box has the input focus).

Registered Computers

  • Ctrl+N: Create a new registered computer entry.
  • Ctrl+Shift+N: Create a new registered computer group entry.
  • Ctrl+U: Update statuses for the selected registered computers.
  • Ctrl+Shift+G: Update logged on users for the selected registered computers.
  • Ctrl+Shift+U: Open Detect Installed VNC Distribution window.

Dynamic Search Folders

  • Ctrl+Shift+D: Create a new dynamic search folder entry.
  • F8: Start or stop network scan for the selected Dynamic Search Folder.
  • Shift+F8: Start network scan for all Dynamic Search Folders.
  • Ctrl+Shift+F8: Stop network scan for all Dynamic Search Folders.

Management Tools

  • Ctrl+E: Open Windows Explorer.
  • Ctrl+G: Open Show Logged on Users window.
  • Ctrl+W: Open Send Wake On LAN Command window.
  • Ctrl+Shift+E: Open Execute Remote Command window.
  • Ctrl+Shift+W: Open Query MAC Address window.

Actions View pane

  • Alt+F3: Show Status Messages view.
  • Alt+F5: Show Actions view.
  • Alt+F6: Show Connection History view.
  • Ctrl+Delete: Cancels the selected action in the Actions View pane.

VNC viewer

  • Ctrl+Alt+End: Display the Windows Security dialog box (sends Ctrl+Alt+Del)
  • Ctrl+Alt+Break: Switch between a window and full screen.

Remote Desktop Connection (RDP)

  • Ctrl+Alt+End: Display the Windows Security dialog box (sends Ctrl+Alt+Del)
  • Ctrl+Alt+Break: Switch between a window and full screen.
  • Alt+Page Up: Move between programs from left to right.
  • Alt+Page Down: Move between programs from left to left.
  • Alt+Insert: Cycle through programs in the order that they were started in.
  • Alt+Home: Display the Start menu.
  • Alt+Delete: Display the system menu.
  • Ctrl+Alt+Minus Sign (-) on the numeric keypad: Place a copy of the active window, within the client, on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing Alt+PrtScn on a local computer).
  • Ctrl+Alt+Plus Sign (+) on the numeric keypad: Place a copy of the entire client window area on the Terminal server clipboard (provides the same functionality as pressing PrtScn on a local computer).

Tuesday, September 13, 2011

VNC / RDP clients: full-screen mode improvements

In the past two weeks, we released three SmartCode VNC Manager builds that significantly improve user experience using VNC and RDP clients in the full-screen mode. We also squashed several nasty bugs.

Several new keyboard shortcut among the improvements implemented.
Ctrl+Alt+Break – switch the client between a window and a full screen.
Ctrl+Alt+End – send Ctrl+Alt+Del to a remote server.

Here is the full change log:

  • NEW: VNC / RDP viewers: Added support for Ctrl+Alt+Break (Switch Full-screen Mode) keyboard shortcut.
  • NEW: VNC viewer: Added "Send Ctrl Key" command to the full-screen toolbar.
  • NEW: Changed behavior of the Quick Connect command. Now if the Quick Connect text box is empty, the hostname of the currently selected object will be used instead.
  • NEW: Dropbox /Amazon S3 / FTP configuration profiles: Added ability to refresh configuration settings from server.
  • NEW: VNC viewer: Added support for sending Ctrl+Alt+Del command to a remote computer via Ctrl+Alt+End keyboard shortcut.
  • FIX: VNC / RDP viewers: Window frame is visible on an adjustment monitor when VNC/RDP viewer is used in the full screen mode.
  • FIX: VNC viewer: in the full-screen mode, when the top toolbar is pinned, it remains on top of other windows.
  • FIX: NullReferenceException when using VNC viewer in the full-screen mode.
  • FIX: VNC viewer: "Empty desktop size" error when accepting listening connection from or establishing connection to a TightVNC server without password set.

The latest SmartCode VNC Manager build can be downloaded from

Tuesday, August 23, 2011

First look: Linked Active Directories

Hi Guys,
I just want to give you the first glimpse at the Linked Active Directories features that will be included in the next SmartCode VNC Manager update.

For many users, this feature will remove any need to use the Registered Computers feature. Instead you will be able to browse an active directory tree, assign connection properties to active directory computer, etc.

If you guys have any comments or suggestions about this feature, please do share them with us.


Monday, July 4, 2011

GDI vs. GDI+ based screen scaling

We have just published SmartCode VNC Manager build 6.0.34. This build includes a nice improvement – when using the VNC client, ability to use GDI+ as the engine used to scale the remote desktop bitmap. This feature is used when you enable one of the screen scaling modes (Aspect ratio or Free).

A picture is worth a thousand words, so lets take a look the sample image that shows differences between GDI and GDI+ scaling.

As you can see, there is quite a noticeable difference in the scaling quality.

But the better quality comes with a price – slightly higher CPU usage. If you are running SmartCode VNC Manager on a modern hardware, you will not notice any CPU hit at all. But the users, who use older computers, especially the ones with integrated graphics card, might see slightly bigger performance penalty.

For that reason it’s possible to switch between GDI and GDI+ based scaling engines. Use Tools \ Options \ Common Settings \ Built-in Remote Clients \ VNC Viewer \ “Screen Stretch rendering engine” to switch between GDI and GDI+ screen scaling engines.

PS: The VNC thumbnails view always use GDI based scaling engine. But this might change in the future builds.

Thursday, March 31, 2011

FTP-based Configuration Profiles

Another v6.0 beta build, another exciting new feature. This time build 6.0.23 adds support for storing VNC Manager configuration settings on a FTP server. Both FTP and FTPS protocols are supported as well as establishing connection via a proxy server.

Also the 6.0.23 build includes critical fixes and improvements to the built-in SSH client. We advise all the VNC Manager users to upgrade to the latest and greatest version of the VNC Manager.




VNC Manager v6.0 change log

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Tuesday, February 1, 2011

Build 6.0.14 adds ability to link Credentials Template to a Registered Computer entry

The Credentials Templates feature was added to the VNC Manager years ago. It has instantly become popular among the users.  But some of the users had been wondering – “Why it is when I update a credential template those changes are not getting propagated to the registered computers?”  This was the case because there was no logical link between credentials templates and registered computers.

In the v6.0.14 we have added ability to link a credentials template to a registered computer.

Credentials templates can be edited by opening the Tools \ Options \ Logon Credentials page.credentials_templates_ui

Registered Computer Properties Sheet changes

The General page has been updated so now it’s possible to link a credentials template to a registered computer.


Credentials templates can be used to store Windows and VNC credentials. VNC credentials templates can be used as part of the VNC connection settings.


Ability to override NTLM credentials per-connection has been removed in the 6.0.14. It seems that only a small fraction of the users had been using this feature, while the majority had found it rather confusing.

Wednesday, January 12, 2011

Show a Registered Computer uptime using Custom WMI columns feature

Knowing how much time your system has been running is a piece of information useful for administrators. Sometimes you might need it in order to know when the machine has recovered from a possible power failure or any other issue it might have had.

The VNC Manager 6.0 includes powerful Custom WMI Columns feature that can be used to show a Registered Computer uptime. This feature is available in the VNC Manager 6.0.10 and newer builds.

To start you should open Tools \ Options dialog and select the WMI Properties node.

Then you should select Win32_PerfFormattedData_PerfOS_System in the Available WMI Classes combobox then select SystemUpTime property and click the Add button.

That’s it!

You will notice that Win32_PerfFormattedData_PerfOS_System.SystemUpTime column has been added to the Registered Computers list. Now select a registered computer and hit Ctrl+U shortcut or open the context menu and select the "Check VNC/RDP/SSH Server" command.

NOTE: SystemUpTime returns the remote computer up time in seconds.

The latest v6.0 Beta can be downloaded from

Custom WMI Columns Knowledge Base article: