Remotely connecting - from Mac to PC

The Microsoft Remote Desktop program will let you connect to PCs from your Mac.

Microsoft Remote Desktop logo

The Microsoft Remote Desktop tool must be installed onto your mac. If you do not have the Remote Desktop Connection tool, you can download this free tool from the link below (external site):

Remote connection Mac to PC (Internal Use)

Once installed, Microsoft Remote Desktop can be used in the following way to remote in from the Mac to a PC on the same network:

  1. Launch the app from within the /Applications folder and you should get the following window.

Microsoft Remote Desktop connect

  1. Click on New to create a new connection bookmark, fill out a 'Connection name', which is simply a description of the connection, e.g. 'Work PC', 'is-usd-0274' etc
  2. Next to 'PC name', type in either the full DNS name or IP address of the target PC, e.g. pcname.mydomain.local or 192.168.x.x
  3. If you wish to be able to log into the target PC immediately, fill out the 'Credentials' section either with your Windows Username login credentials, i.e. using the format DOMAIN\User as the username. If you would prefer to have to log in each time, please leave these blank.
  4. Select any other preferences as desired and close the 'Edit Remote Desktops' window. You should see your connection as follows:

Microsoft Remote Desktop connect 2

  1. Either highlight your connection and press 'Start' or double-click it to attempt to connect to the target PC. By default, it should attempt to display the target PC in full screen.
  2. To access Microsoft Remote Desktop's preferences, or to close it, drag the mouse to the top of the screen to reveal the menu and choose the desired option.

Remote connection Mac to PC (External Use - e.g. Access PC from Home)

In order to access your office PC from home, you may also need to add a Gateway address to ensure you can connect. If you wish to do this you must follow the additional steps below.

Open Microsoft Remote Desktop and do the following:

  1. Click on 'Preferences'
  2. The 'Gateway' tab should be shown; Click on the icon with a + at the bottom
  • Enter a label under Gateway Name (e.g. "Your-Gateway")
  • Enter the hostname e.g. "" in the Server box
  • Enter your Domain username and password if desired in the format DOMAIN\username
  • Close the window

3. Click on 'New' to create a new bookmark or 'EDIT' to add the gateway to an existing connection

  • Enter a name for the Terminal Server in 'Connection name'
  • Enter the full address (FQDN) Terminal Server or PC you want to access in 'PC name'
  • Select the gateway that you have just created from the drop-down list (e.g. "Your-Gateway")
  • Enter your Username with the domain name (e.g. "DOMAIN\jbloggs")
  • Leave the Password blank
  • Close the Window

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