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How do I keep the launch.ica files on my computer so I do not have to go to the Citrix web site every time I want to launch an application in Citrix?


In order to keep the launch.ica files, you need to open them in a Text Editor such as TextEdit which comes with Mac OS X. To do this, you need to save the ica file first by going to and downloading the appropriate launch.ica file.

Once you have the file on your desktop, hold down the control key and click on the file with your mouse cursor.

  1. Go to Open With > Other...
  2. Navigate to TextEdit which should be in your Applications folder and click Open.
  3. Once you have it open, look for the line that has RemoveICAFile=yes and change the "yes" to "no".
  4. Save the file and quit TextEdit.

You should now be able to double-click the .ica file and it should open the Citrix client and run as usual and then stay there once you quit.

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March 31, 2011

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