Click on "Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings" to find the full PC name and write it down. Enabling a Windows 7 computer is a little different, but you can find out how to do that here. Head back to your Mac and 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.
Sharing your screen remotely is a convenient way to access another computer as if you're Connecting to Windows PC Clients from a Mac. Alternatively you may need to access files and apps on your Mac via a Windows PC - and access your iCloud Drive via the web browser.
This is simply what you want to call the connection and it has no real bearing on the connection itself. For example, you could call it "John's work computer," or "Jennifer's PC. Next, you'll need to input 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 virtual desktops or session-based desktops that are on your company's network. Check with your network administrator to see if there is a gateway you are to use. Credentials is where you will type in the domain, username, and password for the target PC so you can log in through the remote connection.
Resolution, colors, and full screen mode are all personal preferences for how you want the remote desktop to launch on your machine. If you're not sure, start with the standard settings and 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 menu for sound. You can disable sound, have it play on the remote PC, or have it play on your Mac. If you want to connect to an administrator session on a Windows server, click the box next to "Connect to admin session. The next option to "Forward printing devices" will make your local printers available during your remote desktop session.
The last tab at the top of the window is "Redirection. When you are finished configuring your remote desktop, click the red close button at the top left of the dialog box and your new remote desktop will be added. For some odd reason, there is no Add and Save button on the dialog. Click on it and then click on Start to connect to the remote PC. Just click Continue to make the connection.
After a few moments, the PC desktop should load full screen onto your Mac. If you need to make any changes to the connection, just select it and click on Edit. Also, you can click on Preferences to add a gateway or to specify the display resolution manually.
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He began blogging in and quit his job in to blog full-time. On the machine you wish to remotely connect to: Go to System Preferences in the Apple menu at top left.
If necessary, click the lock at bottom left and enter your password to make changes. Put a check mark next to Screen Sharing on the left Click the Computer Settings… button on the right. Click OK. Select your name or the name of the user account you use from the list and click the Select button.