Remote Desktop goes preinstalled with every modern Windows version. All you need to do is to use search in the Start Menu and launch Remote Desktop Connection App. Things are a bit different if you have a Mac or iPad. Obviously, there is no Microsoft Desktop Connection application preinstalled on Mac or iPad, and Apple does not provide built-in remote connection tools. Luckily Microsoft got your back. If you want to use Remote Desktop Connection on Mac or iPad, all you need to do is simply download the Application and set up Remote Desktop Connection. This article is about to show you how to do everything right.
Get the Remote Desktop client. Follow these steps to get started with Remote Desktop on your Mac: Download the Microsoft Remote Desktop client from the Mac App Store. Set up your PC to accept remote connections. (If you skip this step, you can't connect to your PC.) Add a Remote Desktop connection or a remote resource. Learn to use Apple Remote Desktop on your Mac to remote control other computers, copy files, automate tasks, and file reports. To connect to your campus Windows PC from a Mac you will need to use the Microsoft Remote Desktop application for Mac version 10.3.8 (or higher). If you are using a university-owned Mac.
- First, some backgrounds, Microsoft used to bundle Remote Desktop Client in Office 2011. That means you can only remote desktop to Windows machine if you have purchased a copy of Office 2011 for Mac. This limits the number of Mac users to be able to Remote Desktop.
- In this video, I'll show you how to use Microsoft Remote Desktop on a Mac. Simply download the application from Apple's App store, install, and configure a c.
One thing to note: we suppose the Desktop you are trying to connect to is already properly set for a Remote Connection. How to enable remote desktop connections to your Windows PC is a topic of a completely different article. Do note that by default Windows has remote connection disabled and you need to manually enable and configure it.
How to Use Windows Remote Desktop on Mac?
- First, you need to download the application form the Mac App Store. Simply open App store and search for “Remote Desktop Connection”. This application is completely free and has no ads. Thanks, Microsoft!
- Open Remote Desktop. It will greet you with a big blue button Add Desktop. It will disappear after you add the first desktop. Next time press the button with a plus mark at the bottom of the window. From the drop-down menu select Desktop. A new dialog window will pop on asking you for Desktop details. Now you need to enter Desktop details you want to connect to.
- Type Desktop IP address into the PC Name field. If you do not know which IP to use do the following thing: press Win + R on your Windows PC and type cmd. Press Enter and type in ipconfig command. Locate IPv4 Address. This is the IP address you need to type in the PC Name field.
- From the User account drop-down menu, you can select Ask me every time or Add a user account. If you leave the first option, then Remote Desktop will ask for credentials every time you try to connect. In the second case, you can save username and password in order not to enter this information every time.
- Friendly name field helps you to keep your Remote Desktop connections list tidy. If you leave it blank, then the app will use the IP address as a default name.
- Click Add and open the connection you have saved.
- Enter Username and Password. An important thing to know: if a Windows user uses a PIN code to log in instead of Microsoft Account password, then you need to enter Microsoft Account password. Authentication using PIN code won’t work. Also, username should be Microsoft Account email address, not something like Johnny McJohnnyface.
- You are in.
How to Use Microsoft Remote Desktop on iPad?
The main idea is the same except for the user interface and some options. We will lead you through the process of setting up an iPad Windows Remote Desktop Connection.
Did you know? Windows Remote Desktop app on iPad allows you to transform your iPad into an almost fully-functional Windows 10 tablet with full touch input and native screen resolution support. Just make sure you have a decent Internet connection.
- Open App Store on your iPad and search for Microsoft Remote Desktop. Again, this app is completely free.
- Open RD Client on your home screen (RD Client stands for Remote Desktop Client).
- Press the little plus button at the top-right corner of the screen.
- Select Desktop. On the next window tap PC Name and enter the IP Address.
- You can leave the User Account option blank. Remote Desktop client will ask you for credentials when you run a connection. If you want to save username and password tap User Account and type in all the necessary information.
- Tap Additional Options. This menu allows you to roam device sounds from a Desktop to your iPad, set friendly name, swap mouse buttons or enable admin mode.
- Tap the desktop you have set up.
- Wait for the connection to initialize and enter your credentials.
Here are a few things to know about using Remote Desktop Connection on iPad. As we mentioned before this app is a nice way to transform your iPad into a Windows 10 tablet. Remote Desktop app allows you to control remote computer using two methods. Tap the button with three lines at the top of the screen and look to the right of the screen.
By default, the Remote Desktop app uses the Mouse Pointer input method. This method works like a touchpad. Just move your finger on the screen to move a cursor. Tap the screen with one finger to make a left-click and use two fingers to simulate right-click.
If you want to switch to the touch mode, click Mouse Pointer button (it will turn to Touch). Now you have a Windows 10 tablet inside the iPad body.
Screen resolution is another thing to note. As you probably know, iPad has a nice Retina display with a decent resolution, but by the default Remote Desktop app on iPad scales down screen resolution to pathetic 1024×768. This option is fine if you have a slow Internet connection or weak performance. The downside is obvious—pixelated picture. Luckily you can switch no native iPad resolution.
- Return to the main menu and press the button with a gear wheel icon at the top-left corner.
- Tap Display Resolution.
- Select Match This Device or use Custom.
- The best option is to use native resolution, but if the PC has problems with performance or can’t provide high-resolution picture—use default or custom option.
The following page(s) contain instructions on using Remote Desktop to connect to Faculty & Staff Windows computers on the UMKC campus (from off-campus). Your campus computer must be powered on to receive connections.
Don't know your computer name or don't know if your account has the correct permissions? Find out here. If you need assistance, please contact the IS Technology Support Center or your IT Liaison.Please note: Before you attempt to connect to UMKC resources remotely, please make sure your operating system (Apple OS X) has all applicable security updates installed.
To connect to your campus Windows PC from a Mac you will need to use the Microsoft Remote Desktop application for Mac version 10.3.8 (or higher). If you are using a university-owned Mac, you may already have this app installed. Please contact the Technology Support Center or your IT Liaison if you have questions about using this software on a university-owned Mac.
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Mac OS X Remote Desktop Connection Instructions
- Open the Microsoft Remote Desktop application
- Click the '+' icon
- Select PC
- For PC Name, enter the name of the remote computer to connect to. Or check How to find my computer name
- For User Account, click the dropdown to change the setting
- Click Add User Account
- For User Name, type [email protected] in DomainUsername
- For Password, type your UMKC Username Password. Note: you will need to update your Remote Desktop settings every time you change your UMKC Username password.
- Click Save
- For Friendly Name, enter the PC name
- Click on no gateway to change the setting
- Select Add Gateway from the dropdown
- For Server Name, enter tsg.umkc.edu
- For User Account, click Use PC User account
- Select your UMKC username from the list
- Click Add
- Click Add again
- To initiate the connection, double click on your PC Name tile
- Click Show Certificate
- Click Always Trust to prevent seeing this warning again for the PC specified
- Click Continue