Windows 8 Start Button, Charms and Remote Desktop

My last post talked about using RDP 8.0 for multiple monitor support. It reminded me of something useful when accessing Windows 8 and Windows 2012 Servers remotely.

When you’re working remotely getting access to the start screen and the charms can be a bit “fiddly” especially over slower connections.


Start screen? No where to click!








Charms? Swipe?





The solution is actually pretty simple.

When connected you’ll have the blue bar at the top of the screen.


Clicking the arrow on the left hand side brings up a menu which gives you access to some of the newer Windows 8 and 2012 features.



Hopefully this prevent some start menu related rage. Smile

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Andy Parkes is Technical Director at Coventry based IT support company IBIT Solutions. Formerly, coordinator of AMITPRO and Microsoft Partner Area Lead for 2012-2013. He also isn't a fan of describing himself in the third person.

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2 thoughts on “Windows 8 Start Button, Charms and Remote Desktop

  • Thanks for the post.

    I guess those using ‘Remote Desktop Connection Manager’ will have to wait for an update to get this functionality?

    Do you know of any keyboard commands that will work instead (specifically for the start menu and charms) ?

  • Hi Marc

    Thanks for the comment!

    I use Remote Desktop Connection Manager and there is a way to use the start menu and charms in that tool using keyboard shortcuts

    It’s worth a separate blog post so I’ll put that together soon

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