How to keep the task bar visible when using a maximised RDP client

I use RDP a lot now, but would like to be able to see my own PC’s task bar, for instance Outlook may show messages.
It is possible, with thanks to:


  1. Edit your .RDP file using Remote Desktop Client, making sure the “Display” tab is configured for “Full Screen”, and then “Save” the .RDP file again (this bakes your local resolution into the file, which is important)
  2. Edit the .rdp in notepad:
    1. screen mode id:i:2  – change this line to the following, to use windowed mode instead of fullscreen
      screen mode id:i:1
    2. Add this line to the file if it doesn’t exist already:
      smart sizing:i:1
    3. Change nothing about (but take notice of) two lines that talk about “desktopwidth” and “desktopheight”
  3. Save and close the .RDP file