How to use Remote Desktop Connection to connect to a Windows device

If you are running a Windows-based computer, you can connect to another computer using the Remote Desktop Connection tool. This application allows you to use all the resources of the host machine through your PC’s display. In other words, using this program you can control another Windows PC via your personal computer, remotely. If you want to learn how to do this in Windows, read this article.


NOTE: Before going through this tutorial, make sure that you have enabled the Remote Desktop Connection on the Windows computer to which you will be connecting. To learn how to do this, read this guide: How to Enable Remote Desktop Connection in Windows. Also, because the steps described in this tutorial are similar for Windows 7, Windows 8.1 and Windows 10, most of the screenshots we'll use are taken in Windows 10.

How to start the Remote Desktop Connection tool

If you're using Windows 7, you can launch the Remote Desktop Connection client from the Start Menu. Click All Programs and navigate to the Accessories group. There, click the Remote Desktop Connection shortcut.

If you're using Windows 8.1, you can launch the Remote Desktop Connection from the Start screen. First, open the Apps view. Look for the Remote Desktop Connection client and click or tap its name to launch it. You'll find it in the Windows Accessories folder.

A slightly faster way of starting the Remote Desktop Connection client is to use the search.

To do that, switch to the Start screen and write the word "remote". Then, click or tap the Remote Desktop Connection search result.

If you are using Windows 10, open the Start Menu and click or tap All apps.

Then open the Windows Accessories folder. Look for the Remote Desktop Connection app and click or tap open it.

You can also use Cortana’s search box from the taskbar. Type the word “remote” in the search field and click or tap the appropriate result.

Or, you can click or tap the microphone icon on the same search box and say: “Open Remote Desktop Connection!”.

No matter which way you choose to open it, once the Remote Desktop Connection client is launched, you'll be able to type the computer name of the host (or its IP address) and connect right away. However, you might want to adjust some settings first. Read the next section to find out how to configure the Remote Desktop Connection.