4.5 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 Ribbon

The Ribbon interface shares the look and feel of Microsoft Office. 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. 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 interface 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.