Settings tab

On the global Settings tab of Composition > Applications, the following can be configured:

  • Whether managed applications are fully implemented, partially implemented or disabled.

  • Application and Start menu behavior settings.

  • Default settings used for new managed applications.

Workspace Control managed application can be implemented fully, partially or not at all. In new Workspace Control environments, the creation of managed application shortcuts is disabled: Windows Shell shortcut creation is set to Do not create shortcuts.

When Workspace Control is configured to not create application shortcuts, all users get the same Start Menu, Desktop and Quick Launch area in their Workspace Control managed session. Using this configuration, Workspace Control does not manage any user application shortcuts. Workspace Control retains the original Windows behavior and does not create application shortcuts, either managed or unmanaged. However, in the Workspace Control Console, applications can still be configured, but they are not available in user sessions.

To start managing user applications through the Workspace Control Console, implement managed applications partially or fully:

  • To provide users with Workspace Control managed applications in addition to their existing applications that are not managed by Workspace Control, configure Windows Shell shortcut creation to Merge with unmanaged shortcuts.

  • To provide users with only Workspace Control managed applications, configure Windows Shell shortcut creation to Replace all unmanaged shortcuts. This configuration eliminates applications not managed by Workspace Control from Workspace Control sessions.

  • If Windows Shell shortcut creation is set to Replace all unmanaged shortcuts, this may lead to unpredictable results for global User Settings that preserve information in the following locations:

    • %desktop%

    • %startmenu%

    • %appdata%\Microsoft\Internet Explorer\QuickLaunch

    This does not affect application-level User Settings for those folders.

  • For users with new profiles or logging onto a system in a VDI environment that uses a non-persistent/pooled model, Workspace Control automatically creates an application tile layout for the user's Start screen that is similar to the default Start screen of Microsoft Windows operating systems.

    To place different default tiles on the user's Start screen, create the following file and add it as a Custom Resource in the Workspace Control Console, under Administration > Custom Resources:

    • DefaultTileLayout_Windows10.xml for Windows 10.

    • DefaultTilelayout.xml for Windows 8.1 and Windows Server operating systems.

    For information about configuring default tiles on Windows 11 and Server 2022, please refer to the article Create a default layout of the Pinned area of the Windows 11 Start Menu in Workspace Control on the Ivanti Community.

Under the Composition > Applications > Settings tab, the following settings determine the behavior of Workspace Control managed applications and the Start Menu:

In user sessions, if users start an application using Run as different user or Run as administrator, then actions configured for the application are not applied. These actions are configured on the Configuration > Actions tab of the application.

In such situations, only the settings (configured on the Properties > Settings tab of the application) that are related to the start of the application are applied:

  • Parameters

  • Startup style of application

  • Process priority of application

  • Disable file system redirector on 64-bit systems