Changing where RDP Windows Open On The Screen
Have you ever created a saved RDP session and found that it wants to open on the wrong screen or in a half-scrolling window? It’s annoying, right?
After a random opening one in NotePad2, I realized the RDP files were simply text files of properties. Easy enough; however, the values are absolutely painful to read through.
Here’s a snippet of the windowing properties:
screen mode id:i:1
I’m assuming that the properties are in order of
“screen mode id” takes an “i” or integer and has a value of 1 (for windowed mode).
“winposstr” takes an “s” or string and has a value of 0,1,400,92,2500,992
“winposstr” sounds a lot like Window Position String, right?
Roughly, winposstr follows the following order:
0,[maximized = 0, windows = 1], [left], [top], [window width aka right], [window height aka bottom]
So, I prefer an 1152×864 window (as it fits nicely on my side 1280×1024 monitor), I’d set the desktopwidth and desktopheight to:
Now, my “main screen” is 1920×1200, so to get things on the right-side screen (which is 1280×1024), I need to move on the left PAST 1920.
- 1970 is 50 (px) from the left side of my second monitor (1920 + 50)
- 50 (px) from the top of the screen
- 3138 (px) is 1970 (starting position) + 1152 (width of the window) + 16 for the window padding (thanks Randy!)
- 960 (px) is 50 (starting position) + 864 (height of the window) + 46 for horizontal padding and the title bar
Now my RDP window always opens on my second monitor—just about in the center and looks good. 🙂