How to set up Remote Desktop on Mac

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Installing Microsoft Remote Desktop on your Mac

  1. Open “App Store” on search for “Microsoft Remote Desktop 10”. Select the result with that name. Its should look like below:


  2. Click “Get” to install the application.


Setting up the connection

  1. After the installation is complete click “Open” or navigate to the Applications folder and double click the Microsoft Remote Desktop app.


  2. Click the “Add Desktop” button to begin adding the remote desktop connection.


  3. Enter the hostname in the “PC name” field. The hostname will be provided by your professor or the system administrator. Then click “Add”.


  4. Click on the connection you added to start the remote desktop connection. A screen will appear to enter the credentials for this computer. These credentials will be provided by your professor or the system administrator. Enter the credentials and click “Continue”.


  5. If you see a “certificate couldn’t be verified” message, click continue.


  6. You should now have established a remote desktop. When you want to close the connection click “Window” -> “Close” or press command + W.


Setting up user account

You can save your credentials as a user account to avoid retyping it each time the connection is started.

  1. Right-click the connection in the Microsoft Remote Desktop app and click “Edit”. Click the “User account” field and select “Add User Account” from the dropdown.


  2. Enter the user credentials and click “Add”.


  3. Confirm the user account is selected in the “User account” field.