Is it possible to change the position of the Remote Desktop Connection client bar? It's really annoying that I can only seem to drag it in the top area of the window.

Can I move the bar so it appears on the right-hand side of the window?

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It is now possible to remove it all together. In the Remote Desktop Connection windows, under the Display tab, uncheck the "Display the connection bar when I use the full screen."

  • With the above option... Is the best way to temporary 'bring it back' with Ctrl + Alt + Break like mentioned below (but that minimizes the window at same time and have to maximize it again)? Commented Feb 22, 2017 at 4:24
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    where is this? how do I navigate to it? Commented Jan 4, 2021 at 16:42

If you can't see the bar - You can get out of Remote desktop ..and go back to local computer using Ctrl + Alt + Break

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    An alternative is Ctrl + Fn + Alt + Home if you don't have a Break key.
    – Tom
    Commented Nov 30, 2020 at 11:12

If you hover to the left of the pin, you will get a cursor which shows you that you can resize the bar. And if you click on your computer's name, you can drag it left or right. That allows me to put it just left of the minimize button on full screen windows.

If only Microsoft would give us a way of remembering where we put it and saving that for our next session.

  • Whats worse: I work with two screens and the bar (if minimized) appears on the active screen. So if it was on the right and resized/moved and you go to the other screen and then back, the position/size is reset...
    – basseur
    Commented Apr 3, 2020 at 8:38


But you can have it minimise if you click the pin icon, to see it again bring your mouse up to the top of the screen.

Here is a list of all the options you have for a remote desktop connection, they all seem to focus on visual output coming from the remote machine, and security nothing about the client bar.

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    It's still annoying minimized, like apps that require me to bring my cursor to the top of the screen a lot. For example, I dunno, a web browser. Commented Jan 18, 2017 at 4:12

Unfortunately not. For info, there is a complete list of the available customisations here:


As microsoft's links have a habit of going dead, the page title is:

"RDP Settings for Remote Desktop Services in Windows Server 2008 R2"


Extending on Chris Tindalls answer, the best way to temporarily bring back the connection bar without leaving full screen mode is Ctrl+Alt+Home


As of 2020, it is now possible to move the bar. On the extreme left there is the "pin" icon. If you click that, you can drag the bar where you want.

If you just leave it there, it'll vanish after a moment, but reappear if you move your mouse to the top of the screen.

While it's visible, if you click on the "pin" icon again, it'll stay put but in the new place.

  • Regarding "As of 2020", the question is not about moving the bar left or right, it's about moving it anywhere. It's still only possible to move it left or right.
    – RIck_R
    Commented Dec 23, 2020 at 18:57
  • Please read the question: The question already states that they are already able to move the bar since 2011, so what you have said was already possible and doesn't answer the question of moving the bar to the sides of the screen.
    – NotAPro
    Commented May 12, 2021 at 11:29
  • It's not a perfect match for the original question...but this did match my issue, which was how to move the bar from one screen to another.
    – Beska
    Commented Mar 6, 2023 at 13:36

Alt + Ctrl + Home works fine for when you want to switch to the local machine. However, it will remain there until you do so. After returning to RD it will go away again.


Option "floating_toolbar_placement" is available in the remmina.pref config file. Setting this equal (=) to 1 will position the floating toolbar to the bottom of the screen. Default is 0 for the top of screen.

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