The User Interface

With Reflection Desktop, you can display sessions in five types of user interface modes: Ribbon, Browser, TouchUx, Classic, and Classic MDI.

The User Interface Options

The Ribbon

The Ribbon interface shares the look and feel of Microsoft Windows 7, Office 2010, and Office 2013. In the area between the Quick Access toolbar (the toolbar in the upper-left corner) and the document window is the Ribbon, a dynamic, collapsible device that organizes commands, buttons, and other controls on tabs for each task area. Double-click any tab in the Ribbon to hide or show the Ribbon. Or, if you prefer, you can map a keyboard shortcut to show or hide the Ribbon with a keystroke.Sessions using the default 3270 or 5250 keyboard map already have this action mapped to CTRL+F1.

The Browser

The Browser interface has a look and feel that is similar to the latest Web browsers. You can access commands from the Reflection menu or from the Quick Access Toolbar. You can also access commands by searching for them in the search box and then clicking on the search results.


The TouchUx interface provides the Reflection TouchUx user experience. Reflection runs on Microsoft Windows devices or other devices (Apple iPad or Android) that are accessing sessions running on a Citrix server. This mode includes an on-screen terminal keyboard that can be set as a transparent overlay or docked in a separate pane.


A Classic interface option provides an interface that is familiar to users of previous versions of Reflection. This mode is recommended only if you are upgrading from a previous version.When using the Classic UI, only one document can be open in a workspace, and other features may not be available.

Classic MDI

The Classic MDI option is similar to the Classic option. Unlike Classic, it provides a multi-document interface that allows more than one document to be open in a workspace.

Workspace and Layouts

Most of your work in Reflection will be done in the application frame, which is called the workspace.

You can configure your workspace with several different types of "look and feel" settings that provide different ways to access the workspace menu, which contains layout options, application and document settings, and a list of recent documents.

The Steps to open your workspace settings dialog box depend on your User Interface Mode.

User Interface Mode


Ribbon (Office 2007)

On the Reflection button , choose Reflection Workspace Settings.

Ribbon (Office 2010)

On the File menu, choose Reflection Workspace Settings.

Reflection Browser

On the Reflection menu, choose Settings and then Reflection Workspace Settings.


Tap the Gear icon and then select Reflection Workspace Settings.

The workspace incorporates these elements:

Quick Access toolbar

From this toolbar, located in the upper-left corner, you can perform common tasks and access document settings.


Search the current document, or use the associated drop-down menu to search all open documents, screen history, your desktop, the Reflection Help system, or the Web.

From other locations in the product, you can also search settings pages, the Help system, or the Micro Focus Support site.

When using the Reflection Browser, you can also search for commands (for example, Trace), and then choose a command from the search results. (In other words, you can use the search results like a menu.)


When using the Ribbon, click this button, located to the right of the Search box, to open the Reflection Help system, or use the associated drop-down menu to access VBA or API documentation, or to launch the Micro Focus Support site.

When using the Reflection Browser, access the Help from the Reflectionmenu.

Document window

The document window is the area in which your terminal sessions or Web pages are displayed.

You can increase the size of the document window by hiding the Ribbon or by choosing Full Screen mode. In Full Screen mode, Reflection expands the document window to fill your entire screen, creating more space in which to display your documents.

Documents in the workspace are displayed in tabs by default. If you are using the Reflection Ribbon, you can choose to display them in windows that can be tiled or cascaded.

Status bar

Using a combination of text and icons, the enhanced status bar displays information about the selected tab, such as the name and connection status of terminal sessions, or the URL of Web sessions, the screen mode, and the current transfer mode.

Task panes

When you select Screen History or productivity features such as Scratch Pad, task panes are opened next to the document tabs. These panes can be moved or resized, and their content can be saved as separate files.

NOTE:To reopen the file later, it must be saved in a trusted location.

The size and location of the workspace, along with all open terminal sessions, Web pages, and task panes, is referred to as the layout. You can save the settings of a layout to a file. When reopened, a layout file automatically opens the saved documents and repositions the workspace to the specified size and location.


A document is a file that specifies the settings and behavior of a terminal session, a Web page, a printer session, or an FTP client session.

When you open a document, the related session or Web page is opened, either in the workspace (for terminal sessions and Web pages) or in a separate window (for printer sessions and FTP client sessions).

The document for a terminal session contains configuration settings for host-specific information. It also includes pointers to other files that are used to control the appearance of the session, such as the theme file, and to files that control input and text handling, such as the keyboard map file and the Ribbon file.

You can open any number of terminal sessions or Web pages in the workspace.The document name appears on the tab label unless a different name has been specified in a layout. The name of the selected document appears in the title bar of the workspace.


You can control the appearance of documents in the workspace using themes, which combine color specifications for text and backgrounds, cursor types, and sounds for session-level events.

You can also select a color scheme for the workspace and ribbon background and sounds for workspace events.