Remote Desktop for Macintosh

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To connect to a Windows server from a Macintosh laptop, requires downloading and installing Microsoft's Remote Desktop Client for Macs.

  • Go to
  • Find the "Remote Desktop" section.
  • Click the link for the latest version.
  • Click the Download Now! button near the bottom of the Download Details. This will take you to the Microsoft Download Center.
  • Click the Download button.
  • The Microsoft RDC for Mac Installer will open automatically. Follow the instructions on the screen to complete the installation.


  • The Remote Desktop Connection application will be installed in your Applications folder on your hard disk.
  • Double-click the application to launch it.


  • Click on the RDC menu in the menu bar, then choose Preferences
  • Click on the Display tab.
  • Set your session screen size and colors.
  • For performance reasons, make sure the following options are un-checked...
    • Show desktop background
    • Show contents of window while dragging
    • Show menu and window animation


  • Click on the Sound tab.
  • For performance reasons, make sure Do not play sound is selected.


  • Click on the Printers tab.
  • Choose a printer if you want to print documents from the server back to your home computer.


  • Close the RDC preferences window. Your settings will be remembered.
  • In the Computer field, type in the hostname of your server. *NOTE* Please contact if you don't know your hostname.
  • Click Connect
  • You will be prompted to enter in your username and password. Enter in the same username and password you would use at the office.
  • Click OK


  • You may get a security warning. If so, just click Connect


  • You will now see your office desktop. Everything you do in this remote sessions stays on the server at the office. No data is transferred to your home computer. Please logoff when you are done.