How to access Microsoft Remote Desktop on your Mac

If you need khổng lồ access Windows applications through your Mac, a remote desktop connection is the way khổng lồ go. Here"s how lớn set up và use the connection.

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Today’s giải pháp công nghệ has come a long way in closing the divide between Windows & Mac applications, especially in the enterprise. However, a gap still exists for some and requires a bridge to lớn move between computing environments.

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For Mac users, the stalwart tool has been the Microsoft Remote Desktop connection. Available now through the Mac tiện ích store, it allows users lớn remotely connect to a Windows desktop khổng lồ access local files, applications, and network resources.

Note: If you want khổng lồ access Microsoft Remote Desktop on a newer Mac running macOS Sierra, check out this article instead.

In order to lớn get started with Microsoft Remote Desktop, you must begin by downloading it from the Mac phầm mềm Store. Click the xanh “App Store” icon in your dock. Or, you can download it from our sister site Download.com here.


Once you’ve accessed the Mac app Store, use the search bar at the top right of the screen to tìm kiếm for “Microsoft Remote Desktop.” The first tìm kiếm result should be what you’re looking for. Khổng lồ begin the download, click the xanh “Get” button. This phầm mềm is free, so no price will be listed.


Next, xuất hiện the application by clicking through the grey “Launchpad” icon và clicking on the Remote Desktop ứng dụng icon. Or, you can use the searchlight feature by clicking the looking glass at the vị trí cao nhất right of your trang chủ screen, or by using the shortcut Command + Space Bar, và searching for “Microsoft Remote Desktop.” Opening the ứng dụng should look like this:


If you think you’ll be frequently using this remote desktop connection, now would be a good time to set it in your dock. Right click (control + click) on the icon, mouse over “Options,” & click “Keep in Dock.” This will keep you from having lớn look for the icon every time you need to use it.


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At this point you’ll need to enable remote access on your target PC. For a Windows 8 machine, the fastest way to get this done is to search for “Allow remote access lớn your computer” & click on that when it comes up. You may need an administrator password khổng lồ complete this step. Under the “System Properties” box you should see “Remote Desktop” và the button labeled “Allow remote connections khổng lồ this computer” should be selected.

Next, you’ll need khổng lồ select the users who will be able lớn be accessed through the remote desktop connection. Now, tìm kiếm for “System” and click it when it appears. Turn off hibernation và sleep settings for the target PC, as you won’t be able to lớn access it remotely if it falls asleep.

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While still in “System,” it’s a good time to lớn go ahead and get your full PC name if you don’t already have it, as you’ll need it lớn set up the connection. Click on “Computer name, domain, & workgroup settings” to lớn find the full PC name và write it down. Enabling a Windows 7 computer is a little different, but you can find out how to bởi vì that here.

Head back khổng lồ your Mac & click the “New” button at the top left of the Microsoft Remote Desktop screen. You’ll be prompted to fill in quite a few fields.


The first thing you’ll need to input is the connection name. This is simply what you want to call the connection and it has no real bearing on the connection itself. For example, you could điện thoại tư vấn it “John’s work computer,” or “Jennifer’s PC.”

Next, you’ll need to input đầu vào the PC name (the one you wrote down from earlier), or the IP address so your Mac knows where to find your PC. The next line down allows you to configure a Gateway, which would let you connect to lớn virtual desktops or session-based desktops that are on your company’s network. Check with your network administrator khổng lồ see if there is a gateway you are lớn use.

Credentials is where you will type in the domain, username, và password for the target PC so you can log in through the remote connection. Resolution, colors, & full screen mode are all personal preferences for how you want the remote desktop to lớn launch on your machine. If you’re not sure, start with the standard settings & go from there.


If you want to configure peripheral devices for your remote desktop, you can find options for that under the middle tab, “Session.”

The first choice is a drop-down thực đơn for sound. You can disable sound, have it play on the remote PC, or have it play on your Mac. If you want khổng lồ connect to an administrator session on a Windows server, click the box next lớn “Connect lớn admin session.”

The next option to “Forward printing devices” will make your local printers available during your remote desktop session. “Swap mouse buttons” will allow you lớn use left click commands with a right-click Mac mouse.


The last tab at the vị trí cao nhất of the window is “Redirection.” This is where you would choose a local thư mục you wanted lớn be available during your remote session. Click the “+” button, choose a name for the folder, và input the folder’s path to have it available.

When you are finished configuring your remote desktop, click the red close button at the vị trí cao nhất left of the dialog box and your new remote desktop will be added. To lớn start a session with that desktop, simply double-click it to begin.

If you want khổng lồ edit, duplicate, export, or delete that remote connection, right-click (control + click) on the desktop name khổng lồ access those options.

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If you don’t think Microsoft Remote Desktop is the option for you, here are some other options available at Download.com:

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