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RD Tabs


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This package was approved by moderator gep13 on 2/26/2018.

RD Tabs is the original advanced multi-tabbed Windows Remote Desktop client and connection manager. It started back in 2006 with a simple idea: bring the then new idea of tabbed web browsers to remote desktop. From there, a way to remember saved session properties that was superior to a bunch of .rdp files was added (favorites), including the ability to batch edit multiple favorites at a time, making management of stored passwords simple. But why stop there? Features allowing split-screen, multiple Windows, scaled desktop sizes were added. Now in present day more advanced features are coming fast. From an integrated PowerShell scripting engine, to colored tabs for organization, RD Tabs makes a System Administrator’s life so much easier.

To install RD Tabs, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco install rdtabs --version 3.0.7

To upgrade RD Tabs, run the following command from the command line or from PowerShell:

C:\> choco upgrade rdtabs --version 3.0.7


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Package Maintainer(s)

Software Author(s)

  • Avian Waves LLC


Copyright (C) 2006-2018, Avian Waves LLC. All rights reserved.


Release Notes

  • Upgraded the WiX toolkit to the latest bits which seems to have fixed an installer issue at least one user was having.

    • Added the ability to log advanced debugging information to a file for troubleshooting.

    • Fixed bug: The Most Recently Used (MRU) computer list in the computer combo box wasn't working.

    • Fixed bug: When importing favorites from an RDTSF file, passwords would not decrypt correctly, thus they would be blanked out. The passwords are stored correctly in the RDTSF file, so if you have existing exports, you can use them.

    • Fixed bug: For the configuration history, on startup if a history file was locked for some reason during file rotation, RD Tabs would crash. RD Tabs now soft-fails and continues to load.

    • Added "Toggle Full Screen" to the task tray icon context menu.

    • Added missing connection error codes.

    • Fixed bug: When tabs overflow the tab bar and require scrolling, sometimes when you clicked a tab just out of view, it would jump the scroll position very far from where it should be.

    • Fixed bug: When the right most tab is in focus, part of the tab and the "new tab" tab would be out of view.

    • Fixed bug: Certain scenarios, such as redirected appdata folders, could result in RD Tabs not correctly finding and loading configuration on launch leading to an application crash.

    • Fixed bug: When the main RD Tabs window was moved, but not resized, the new location was not saved, so the application would not restore in the right spot upon subsequent launch.

    • Fixed bug: The error reporter was not correctly detecting if the system was 64bit.

    • Tweaked the way RD Tabs responds to some DPI change events for when DPI changes occur dynamically (this is not completely done, but just a step along the way). This is only applicable when RD Tabs is set to handle native DPI.

    • Tweaked the RD Gateway username/domain UI elements to match behavior of the main username/domain UI elements.

    • RD Gateway authentication type text changed from "select later" to "auto" to more clearly reflect how gateways currently work.

    • Added a flag to note whether a submitted error report was generated by a recoverable error or not (allows me to know if the user experienced an app crash or a recovery).

    • Fixed bug: SysKey+F11 was not toggling full screen mode correctly, it instead flickered through a few different views before returning back to normal.

    • Fixed bug: SysKey+F2 would freeze due to a race condition in certain situations.

    • Fixed bug: SysKeys would not work if you were connected to a remote session where the Windows Combination keys were sent to the remote session. This was due to a regresion introduced when the behavior of the menu bar hiding changed.

    • Fixed bug: SysKey+F10 would collapse immediately after showing the menu.

    • When you engage a SysKey and the menu bar is hiden, the menu bar will temporarily unhide. This enables several of the above SysKey fixes. It also allows you to see the SysKey indicator.

    • For Windows 8 and newer clients (RDP 8.0), you can now specify a remote resolution of up to 8192x8192. Use this in conjunction with DPI aware mode and 4K monitors are fully supported without scaling.

    • Tweaked password encryption for performance. These changes cause RD Tabs 3.0.0 to 3.0.6 to be unable to decrypt passwords saved in 3.0.7. So if you downgrade RD Tabs from 3.0.7 to earlier, your passwords will be lost. Cryptographic strength is equal between versions, this is merely a performance enhancement based on how passwords are saved.

    • RTM! Beta is complete.

Version History

Version Downloads Last updated Status
RD Tabs 3.0.11 105 Sunday, June 10, 2018 approved
RD Tabs 3.0.10 190 Tuesday, April 10, 2018 approved
RD Tabs 3.0.9 147 Sunday, March 25, 2018 approved
RD Tabs 3.0.7 195 Thursday, February 22, 2018 approved
RD Tabs 2.1.25 682 Friday, January 16, 2015 approved

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