Custom Resolution Remote Desktop Fullscreen without Superpan

by Christopher Walters   Last Updated May 15, 2019 19:01 PM

I use my laptop, (1366 x 768) to access my desktop (1920 x 1080) through RDP. However, I've run into a bit of a problem.

When I connect remotely using fullscreen, it forces my server into my laptop's resolution (1366 x 768).

As you can see, both Windows Spy and the screenshot itself indicate that the resolution is only 1366 x 768.

Now, this is fine most of the time. However, I've found myself in a situation where I need to take repeated screenshots, and I need them to accurate reflect the resolution on screen of my server, not my client.

So, I changed my RDP file:

desktopwidth:i:1920
desktopheight:i:1080

But, when I still load into fullscreen, that doesn't matter. It still locks to 1366. When I load into windowed mode, then it loads the native resolution, but it's stuck in a tiny window, and even when I maximize it, I have to use the scroll bars and it's not utilizing as much screen area as I have available.

I can go full screen and use Super Pan, but that still requires me to scroll around.

I've tried forcing my laptop's resolution to 1920/1080 using Intel's Custom Resolution, and using CRU, neither of which have given any results.

Is there any way to fullscreen a Remote Desktop Session, keep the native resolution from the host, and squish (for lack of a better term) that space onto the client, without resizing?

I don't care if it looks good, I just want to be able to see everything.

Here is my RDP file

use multimon:i:0
desktopwidth:i:1920
desktopheight:i:1080
session bpp:i:32
winposstr:s:0,1,0,0,800,600
compression:i:1
keyboardhook:i:1
audiocapturemode:i:0
videoplaybackmode:i:1
connection type:i:7
networkautodetect:i:1
bandwidthautodetect:i:1
displayconnectionbar:i:1
enableworkspacereconnect:i:0
disable wallpaper:i:0
allow font smoothing:i:0
allow desktop composition:i:0
disable full window drag:i:1
disable menu anims:i:1
disable themes:i:0
disable cursor setting:i:0
bitmapcachepersistenable:i:1
full address:s:localhost:9878
audiomode:i:0
redirectprinters:i:1
redirectcomports:i:0
redirectsmartcards:i:1
redirectclipboard:i:1
redirectposdevices:i:0
autoreconnection enabled:i:1
authentication level:i:2
prompt for credentials:i:0
negotiate security layer:i:1
remoteapplicationmode:i:0
alternate shell:s:
shell working directory:s:
gatewayhostname:s:
gatewayusagemethod:i:4
gatewaycredentialssource:i:4
gatewayprofileusagemethod:i:0
promptcredentialonce:i:0
gatewaybrokeringtype:i:0
use redirection server name:i:0
rdgiskdcproxy:i:0
kdcproxyname:s:
drivestoredirect:s:
smartsizing:i:0
enablesuperpan:i:0

I've done experimentation with Super Pan, Smart Sizing, and every type of screen mode I can imagine, none of which give any results. I'm certain this can be done, because at one point, I had a window which did exactly what I'm describing, but it still showed my client's taskbar, etc, as though it were a windowed application.



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