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Optimal Window Sizing on Windows RDP

If you use Windows Remote Desktop (RDP) on multiple machines with different screen resolutions, you’ve probably had an RDP window that’s too small (hard to see details) or too large (requires you to use scroll bars) for your current display. Microsoft has long had an option for handling this – called smart sizing – but it’s not available in the RDP config GUI. You can turn it on or off by right-clicking the RDP window border and checking/unchecking the smart sizing option or you can set it as the default for an RDP config by opening the RDP config file in a text editor and adding the line “smart sizing:i:1” anywhere in the file.

Microsoft has the smart sizing option in its documentation but I didn’t see any official how-to docs on it. This 2012 blog entry covers smart sizing in a little more detail.