Main Menu

The main menu provides access to all major features with one click. It can always be found in the upper right corner of AnyDesk's window. In full screen mode, the menu bar is hidden by default and comes up if you move the mouse cursor to the top edge of the screen.
Miscellaneous features are available in the options tab. Some features are available through Keyboard Shortcuts.

Availability

The remote user can revoke permissions of any options the affect him or her. This is indicated by a red "forbidden" icon overlayed over the options icon. If forbidden, you cannot enable an option.
If an option is not available for other reasons, it is grayed out.


View Mode

Settings concerning the method AnyDesk renders the image of the remote machine.
  • Fullscreen mode: Switches AnyDesk to fullscreen mode. Look here for more information.
  • Original: This option always displays the image in original resolution. If the remote desktop does not fit, the view will be scrolled to the mouse cursor position. If the remote desktop needs less area than the local monitor, grey bars are inserted at the sides.
  • Shrink: This option shrinks the displayed image if necessary to ensure it fits into the available screen space. It never magnifies the image, however, in order to avoid blurring the image. Instead, grey bars are inserted at the borders.
  • Stretch: Unlike the above option, stretch the image so it covers the available screen estate while maintaining the correct aspect ratio. The image might appear blurry, if the remote monitors resolution is much lower than the local resolution.
Quality
These settings determine the perceived quality of the connection. This is a trade-off between reaction speed (low lag) on the one side, and good rendition of the remote image on the other side.
AnyDesk performs a detection of the connection quality during every session preamble. You can choose how the results of the connection quality measurement affects the rendition of the remote machine.
  • Best audio/video quality: This mode has the best rendition but at the highest cost of transmitted data. Use this mode with fast connections. You can select this mode on slower links as well if your work involves few data intensive operations, such as using an text editor.
  • Balanced: If selected, AnyDesk tries to choose the best trade-off between laggyness and image/audio quality.
  • Lowest reaction time: Choose this mode if you want the best reaction time and a feeling as if there were no transmission programs involved at all. This can visibly affect the image quality, depending on the connection speed.
  • Detect connection speed: If you unselect this option, the measured bandwidth is not used as a basis for selecting the quality. Instead, three predefined parameter sets are used. Not recommended. Use this mode if you suspect an error in the measurement of the connection quality.
Apart from image quality (which is DeskRT quality for GUI data and video/vp8 quality for fast moving natural images) and audio quality, some effects of the graphical user system will be disabled if needed in order to keep the bandwidth requirement low.

Visual Helpers

  • Show remote cursor: Determines whether AnyDesk renders the remote users cursor. This enables the user on the remote side to point you to something.
  • Show move/size-helper: For slow internet connections, moving or resizing windows can get too slow for fluent work. Check this option so AnyDesk immediately shows the position of the remote window by overlaying a purple transparent rectangle.

Permissions and Functions

These functions control how your session interacts with the user of the remote computer.
  • Transmit sound: Lets you disable the transmission of remote sound. This option is only available if the remote machine has audio hardware installed.
  • Control mouse and keyboard: Select this option if you only want to view the remote image and do not want to interfere with the remote user by accident.
  • Synchronize clipboard: If enabled, your clipboard and the clipboard of the remote computer will be synchronized in both directions. This works both for files and text. Disable this option if you have security concerns or do not want to use this feature.
  • Block users input: Here, you can lock the keyboard and mouse of the remote machine. This is useful for remote supporters who want to prevent erroneous interactions of the remote user with the support session. This option is only available if AnyDesk is installed or running with administrative privileges on the remote machine.

Miscellaneous Functions

  • Switch sides: Changes the direction of the presentation. Use this feature if you want to show something on your Desktop to the remote user during a remote remote support session.
  • Ctrl + Alt + Del: Invokes the secure attention sequence on the remote machine (pressing these keys cannot be transmitted directly by AnyDesk, as the operating system does not permit it for security reasons). This option is only available if AnyDesk is installed on the remote machine.
  • Take screenshot: Saves the current image to the Desktop folder as anydesknnnnn.png.
  • Settings: Opens the settings tab.
  • About AnyDesk: Provides version information.
  • Exit: Closes the current session. If installed, AnyDesk will still be running on the machine. This is indicated by the tray icon. If not installed (no tray icon), closing the last AnyDesk window will terminate AnyDesk and your machine will not be online in the AnyDesk network.

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