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. The following values are required depending on the selection:

    • Command Line. The path to the application executable as the client machine sees it. Type the file path to the executables in your machine. For the file path format, you can click Browse to refer to the listed executables.
    • Working Directory. The shortcut working directory. You can also leave this field blank.
    • Parameters. Any launch parameters for the application.
    • Target. (File/Folder) The name of the target file or folder the application opens.
    • 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 that you want to start from the shortcut. The Browse button allows you to browse and select the resource.


      To add an application that is based on a StoreFront store, you must provide valid credentials. A dialog appears the first time you click Browse to view store resources. The dialog prompts you to type credentials that you use to log on to Citrix Workspace app for Windows. After that, the Store Resources window appears, displaying a list of published applications retrieved by Citrix Workspace app for Windows running on the WEM administration console machine.

  • 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. Lets you type an icon file path and load an icon for your application. Icons are stored in the database as strings. This field does not populate automatically. For instruction about selecting an icon, see To select an icon.
    • High Resolution Icons Only. Displays only HD icons in the selection box.
  • Icon Index. This field automatically populates.

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

  • Maintenance Mode. When active, this setting prevents 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 receives a short message informing them the application is unavailable if they try to launch it. Doing so 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 appears in the user’s environment.

  • 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 (for example): Ctrl + Alt + S.

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

Advanced Settings

  • Enable Automatic Self-Healing. When selected, the agent automatically recreates application shortcuts on refresh if the user has moved or deleted them.

  • 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 in a minimized, normal, or maximized window on endpoints.

  • 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 Receiver for Windows installed on the WEM administration console machine.

To select an icon

To select an icon, complete the following steps:

  1. Hover the mouse over the menu on the WEM service Manage tab.

    WEM service's menu

  2. Click the Citrix Workspace icon.

  3. Click the upload icon to upload the applicable icon file to a Citrix Cloud folder.

  4. On the Administration Console > Actions > Applications > Application List tab, click Add.

  5. In the New Application window, go to the Options tab and then click Select Icon.

  6. In the Icon Selector window, type the full file path for the icon file you uploaded, select the path from the drop-down list, and then click Load. The default folder path is C:\DefaultUploadFolder\. Type the full file path; for example, C:\DefaultUploadFolder\iconname.

  7. In the Icon Selector window, select the applicable icon and then click OK.

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

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

    • Type the following: %ProgramFiles%\Citrix\Workspace Environment Management Agent\VUEMAppCmd.exe.
  3. 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”.