How to Access a Windows Computer from a Mac using Remote Desktop

Before You Begin

  • Set up the Windows computer you're going to be remoting to using this how-to article
  • Download, install, and run F5 VPN.

NOTE: If it is not already installed, you will need to install Microsoft Remote Desktop. You can check this in the Applications folder. If installing on a personal computer, go to Apple App Store and download the Microsoft Remote Desktop. If installing on a TXST computer, install Microsoft Remote Desktop using Jamf.

  1. Open Microsoft Remote Desktop and click the PCs tab.
  2. Click the + button and select Add PC.

  3. For the PC name, enter the host address of the Windows computer you want to access. 

    NOTE: You can also give this computer a Friendly name.

  4. Click the Display tab. From the drop-down menu, change the Resolution to 1920x1080 and check the Start session in full screen box. 

  5. Click the Devices & Audio tab. Check the Printers box.

  6. Click the Folders tab. Check the Redirect folders box.
  7. Click the + button and select a local folder (e.g., your Desktop). Click Add.

  8. Double-click on the listed PC to start the remote connection to your Windows computer.