Connecting to Princeton Virtual Desktops - Using a Web Browser

Must-knows when working in PVD

When using PVD, keep these important considerations in mind:

Important! All PVD Profiles and any data stored in PVD will be deleted 30 days after the end of final exams for the current term. Please confirm any data you want to keep long-term is on your Princeton OneDrive. Follow the links below for configuring on your local computer:

Working with files

OneDrive is the default cloud storage location. Files saved to the Desktop, Documents and Pictures folders will automatically be redirected to OneDrive using OneDrive Files On Demand.

Important! All data should be stored in the Desktop, Documents or Pictures folders to prevent data loss.


To print to your local printer, you must first save the file in PDF format and then download it to your computer — you cannot print directly from PVD. (To save as a PDF, use the Print to PDF or Save as PDF options within your application.)

For instructions on printing to OIT public printers see Campus Public Printing: Printing to public printers

Ending your session

When you are finished working in Princeton Virtual Desktops, you should always end your session — and be sure to save any work first.

To end your session:

  1. Click the Start (Windows icon) menu in the Windows taskbar within PVD.
  2. Select the Power icon.
  3. Click Disconnect.

Connecting to Princeton Virtual Desktops - Using a Web Browser

  1. Using a supported web browser, navigate to
    • Note: Internet Explorer (IE) 11 is not supported.
  2. When prompted, sign in as (use your Princeton netID).
  3. Respond to the Duo prompt.

After you've signed in, you should see icons for available resources.

Also see Get started with the web client for useful shortcuts.