UIUC AnyWare, Using UIUC AnyWare

This article offers a summary of how to connect and use the UIUC AnyWare General Purpose Desktops (On-Campus or Azure)

How do I connect to UIUC AnyWare?

Connect to UIUC AnyWare

Connect to UIUC AnyWare using these instructions: Connecting to UIUC AnyWare


How do I access UIUC AnyWare desktops?

Desktop Connections

After connecting via Citrix Workspace or uiucanyware.cloud.com, select Desktops > then All Desktops from the left side menu. 



All undergraduate student netids should see General Purpose Machine and Graphics Enabled Desktop as connection options. 
  • If you are an undergraduate student, and do not see any desktop resources, please submit a help request. 
  • Graduate students are not currently granted access by default.
  • You may see additional options if your netid is associated with a particular unit or college (ACES General or Library Scholarly for example).

Desktop Descriptions

The General Purpose Machine
  • The General Purpose Machine has no accelerated graphics support and intended use is for common apps like Office 365. Examples of other offerings include SPSS and R.

The Graphics Enabled Desktop 
  • The Graphics Enabled Desktop offers accelerated graphics support and intended use is for design applications like Adobe Suite, ArcGIS, etc... 
  • If you need to use standard applications like Office (Word or Excel), please use the General Purpose Machine. Doing so helps keep the Graphics Enabled Desktop available for someone needing graphics focused apps.  
Select the desktop environment you would like to utilize and within 30 seconds, a new window should appear on your computer with the desktop session. Your netid will be logged in automatically to the desktop session.

Desktop Favorites
You can mark a desktop as a Favorite by selecting the star icon. 
Once marked as a Favorite, the desktop will appear under the Home > Favorites menu. 
Recently used desktops will appear in this same menu area under Home > Recents.

anyware desktop favorite 


How do I access AnyWare applications?

During summer of 2023, the UIUC AnyWare Applications menu will be discontinued. All apps will be accessible through UIUC AnyWare Desktops. 

UIUC AnyWare Applications

After connecting to UIUC AnyWare, you will see three options in the left side menu: 
  • Home
  • Apps
  • Desktops 
Select Apps > All Apps to see the apps available to you. 
Anyware Apps
Open Apps
To open an application, select the application you would like to use. 
  • A message will appear stating "Starting Application". 
  • Within 30 seconds, the application should appear on your computer. 
  • If using UIUC AnyWare via browser, the application will appear in a browser tab.
App in browserUIUC AnyWare Application shown in Safari browser


Close Apps
To close the application click the "x" in the upper right of the application, or choose File > Close
If using UIUC AnyWare via browser, closing the browser tab will close the application

Recent Apps
Recently opened applications will appear under Home > Recents location.

recent apps


How Do I Manage Files in UIUC AnyWare

File Management

For the General Purpose Machine and Graphics Enabled Desktop Connections, the Desktop and Documents folders are integrated with your campus OneDrive account. Please visit this article for more information
Additional information regarding upload and download of local files


How Long Will My Desktop Session Last?

Desktop Session lengths

Your session will remain open as long as you are actively using your desktop. If your session is idle for 2 hours, you will be automatically disconnected from your session and logged out 10 minutes after disconnecting.


How do I sign out of my session?

Sign out of session - Desktop and Web

When you are finished with your session, it is important to logout of the desktop. This can be accomplished in a few ways. 
1. From the Desktop session, Right-click the Start Menu > choose "Shut down or sign out" > choose "Sign out"

logoff desktop session from start menu

2. From the Web Desktop Session, select the Desktop session menu from top center of desktop

citrix session menu sign out

citrix session menu sign out details

  • Selecting the far right menu displays a drop down with additional options
    • Log Off will log off your session
    • Ctrl-Alt-Del will allow you to launch Task Manager
    • Preferences opens up the session Preferences menu offering options related to your UIUC AnyWare sessions.
    • Selecting Disconnect will disconnect your active session whereupon you will be logged out after 10 minutes. (see Desktop Session Lengths)

How to get support:

Get Help