Controls the creation of application shortcuts.


  • You can use Citrix Studio to edit the application settings and then add an executable file path that points to VUEMAppCmd.exe. VUEMAppCmd.exe ensures that the Workspace Environment Management agent finishes processing an environment before Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops published applications are started. For more information, see Editing application settings using Citrix Studio.

  • You can use dynamic tokens to extend Workspace Environment Management actions to make them more powerful.

Application List

A list of your existing application resources. You can use Find to filter the list by name or ID against a text string.

To add an application

  1. Use the context menu Add command.
  2. Enter details in the New Application dialog tabs, then click OK.

Fields and controls

Name. The display name of the application shortcut, as it appears in the application list.

Description. This field is only shown in the edition/creation wizard and allows you to specify additional information about the resource.

Application Type. The type of application the shortcut starts, which can be one of Installed application, File / Folder, URL, or StoreFront store. These require the following values:

  • Command Line. The path to the application executable as the client machine will see it. The Browse button allows you to browse to a locally installed executable.

  • Working Directory. The shortcut working directory. Automatically filled out if you browse to the executable.

  • Parameters. Any launch parameters for the application.

  • Target. (File / Folder) The name of the target file or folder the application will open.

  • Shortcut URL. (URL) The URL of the application shortcut you are adding.

  • Store URL. (StoreFront store) The URL of the StoreFront store containing the resource you want to start from the shortcut.

  • Store Resource. (StoreFront store) The resource on the StoreFront store which you want to start from the shortcut. The Browse button allows you to browse and select the resource.

Start Menu Integration. Select where the application shortcut is created in the Start Menu. By default, a new shortcut is created in Programs.

Select Icon. Allows you to browse to an icon file and select an icon for your application. By default, this uses the application executable’s icon but you can select any valid icon. Icons are stored in the database as text.

High Resolution Icons Only. Only displays HD icons in the selection box.

Application State. Controls whether the application shortcut is enabled or not. When disabled, it is not processed by the agent even if assigned to a user.

Maintenance Mode. When active, this will prevent the user from running the application shortcut. The shortcut icon is modified to include a warning sign to denote that the icon is not available, and the user will receive a short message informing them the application is unavailable if they try to launch it. This allows you to proactively manage scenarios where published applications are in maintenance without having to disable or delete application shortcut resources.

Display Name. The name of the shortcut as it will appear in the user’s environment.

Window Style. This controls what state the application starts in (minimized, maximized, or normal).

Self-Service Display. If selected, the resource will not be shown in the Workspace Environment Management agent self-service window.

Hotkey. Allows you to specify a hotkey for the user to launch the application with. Hotkeys are case sensitive and are entered in the following format (e.g.): Ctrl + Alt + S.

Action Type. Describes what type of action this resource is.

Enable Automatic Self-Healing. When selected, application shortcuts will automatically be recreated by the agent at refresh if they have been moved or deleted by the user.

Enforce Icon Location. Allows you to specify the exact location of the application shortcut on the user’s desktop. Values are in pixels.

Windows Style. Controls whether the application opens minimized, or in a normal or maximized window on the end-user machine.

Do Not Show in Self Services. Hides the application from the self-service interface accessible from a status bar icon available to end-users when the session agent is running in UI mode. This includes hiding it in the context menu “My Applications” icon list, and in the Manage Applications form. Create Shortcut in User Favorites Folder. Creates an application shortcut in the end-user Favorites folder.

To add an Application entry that is based on a StoreFront store, you must provide valid credentials, so that a list of published applications can be retrieved by Citrix Workspace app for Windows installed on the WEM administration console machine.

Start Menu View

Displays a tree view of your application shortcut resource locations in the Start Menu.

Refresh. Refreshes the application list.

Move. Opens up a wizard which allows you to select a location to move the application shortcut to.

Edit. Opens up the application edition wizard.

Delete. Deletes the selected application shortcut resource.

Editing application settings using Citrix Studio

Workspace Environment Management (WEM) provides you with client-side tools to troubleshoot issues you experience.The VUEMAppCMD tool (VUEMAppCmd.exe) ensures that the WEM agent finishes processing an environment before Citrix Virtual Apps and Desktops published applications are started. It is located in the agent installation folder: %ProgramFiles%\Citrix\Workspace Environment Management Agent\VUEMAppCmd.exe.

You can use Citrix Studio to edit the application settings and then add an executable file path that points to VUEMAppCmd.exe. To do so, complete the following steps:

  1. Navigate to the Application Settings > Location page of Citrix Studio.

Citrix Studio application settings

  1. Type the path of the local application on the end-user operating system.

    • Type the following: %ProgramFiles%\Citrix\Workspace Environment Management Agent\VUEMAppCmd.exe.
  2. Type the command-line argument to specify an application to open.

    • Type the full path to the application that you want to launch through VUEMAppCmd.exe. Make sure that you wrap the command line for the application in double quotes if the path contains blank spaces.
    • For example, suppose you want to launch iexplore.exe through VUEMAppCmd.exe. You can do so by typing the following: ”%ProgramFiles(x86)%\Internet Explorer\iexplore.exe”.