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How to change the screen resolution?

I type the command

 rdesktop "server ip"

but the screen does not appear large.

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FYI, using the -f option will use ALL the connected monitors... – user139995 Mar 13 '13 at 14:53

I like using rdesktop -g 90% servername, which will use set the size of the remote desktop to 90% of the size of your local screen, which works quite well regardless of resolution.. :)

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I like this - didn't know of the % option. – dan_linder Nov 8 '11 at 22:40
Problems if you have a dual-screen... – Nathan Hazout Dec 1 '13 at 13:43
Is there viable solutions from WindowsNT to Gnome that offer specifying graphical resolution? – ThorSummoner Apr 14 '14 at 18:10
For dual screen: -g $(xrandr -q | awk '/Screen 0/ {print int($8/1.28) $9 int($10/1.2)}' | sed 's/,//g') – gavenkoa Dec 24 '14 at 14:07

If you want to open the screen at a specific resolution, for example 1280×1024 resolution, add the -g flag:

rdesktop -g 1280x1024 [machine]

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Somehow I can make it as wide as I want, but the height is very limited. – Nathan Hazout Dec 1 '13 at 14:53

rdesktop -f gives you a full screen experience as well.

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Doesn't work well with multiple displays: it spreads the window over all of them. – Reinier Post Feb 3 at 16:37

I found the answer to my question.

  • -k de: set keyboard layout
  • -g 1500x1150: set resolution of the rdesktop window
  • -r disk:mydisk=/home/soma: share your home directory with the remote machine

    rdesktop -k de -g 1500x1150 -r disk:mydisk=/home/soma

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I'd suggest that you consider a graphical tool such as Remmina (used to be called GRDC) :, which is available in the repositories.

sudo apt-get install remmina remmina-plugin-rdp remmina-plugin-vnc

It features easy to use drop downs and sliders for remote screen resolution, supporting multiple monitors and more.

It also supports VNC and SSH tunnelling, making it a one-stop-shop for all your most likely remote desktop connection needs. Finally, a handy gnome-panel applet makes connecting to your remote desktops a simple point and click experience.

Screenshots here :

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remmina-gnome doesn't exist (at least in Oneiric), but this worked for me: sudo apt-get install remmina remmina-plugin-rdp remmina-plugin-vnc – phord Nov 8 '11 at 18:16
Nice one - they must have updated the packages in Oneiric. Have updated my answer. – Scaine Nov 8 '11 at 22:34
And upvoted you for the call out! – Scaine Nov 10 '11 at 9:00


I think Ctrl + Alt + KP+ also cycles through some available resolutions.

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That's for the local display resolution. He's using rdesktop which used RDP to pull a display from a remote Windows system. It's the resolution of thew Windows system displayed on his workstation he wants to adjust. – dan_linder Nov 8 '11 at 22:39

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