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macrumors member
Original poster
Sep 9, 2014
does anyone have a good resource to help set up this app on my MAC.

Windows laptop to Windows desktop has seemingly fewer fields to be completed.


Phil A.

Moderator emeritus
Apr 2, 2006
Shropshire, UK
Are you using the Microsoft Remote Desktop app from the app store?

If so, it can look more complicated but is pretty easy to setup:

just click the New button and then you need to fill in the following fields:

General Tab

Connection Name - anything you want (it's just so you can identify the connection)
PC Name - Name or IP address of computer you're connecting to
Gateway - Leave as No gateway configured normally unless you're going through a Remote Desktop Gateway
Credentials - your user name and password on the remote machine (leave blank to be prompted each time)

Resolution - Leave as Native
Colors - Leave as True Color
Full Screen mode - leave as OS X Native

Start Session in full screen - set this if you want to connect full screen rather than in a window
Scale content - set this if you want the remote screen to scale to fit the window size rather than scroll
Use all monitors - set this if you want all your monitors (if you have more than one) to be used in full screen mode

Session Tab
Sound - decide whether you want it redirecting to your mac (Play on Device), on the machine you're connecting to (Play on remote PC) or not at all (Don't Play Sound)
Connect to admin session - only applicable when connecting to servers
Forward printing devices - set if you want to create virtual printers that will allow you to print to any printer your mac knows about
swap mouse buttons - swap left and right buttons

Redirection Tab
This will allow you to make local folders on your mac visible to the machine you're connecting to: Set enable folder redirection and then add folders as required

Once you've set a connection up, just double click it in the My Desktops list


macrumors regular
Mar 18, 2013
Sherman, TX
I use RealVNC for Mac. It's free and easier to use/setup than RDC. I can connect and disconnect without having to log out of the remote client, which is necessary for the software I'm running on the Win7 machine.

I also from time to time use Google Remote Desktop. It's simply a Chrome extension and works similar to RealVNC. The advantage is it uses Google's servers an a VPN so I didn't have to reinvent my current WiFi and DSL connection.
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