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Remote Desktop Connection – Access Your Desktop from Other Computers at Your School

by Kelly Walsh on March 24, 2016



Access Your Computer from Other Computers? Once it’s set up, it’s a Breeze!

Microsoft’s Remote Desktop Connection tool is a powerful, simple application that can make your life much easier if you have to work, or teach, on a computer that isn’t yours. A classic case is the higher ed professor, where you may go to a lecture room to teach, and sometimes wish you could access something from the computer you regularly use. If your tech support folks are willing to permission you do to so, you can!

I’ve been using RDC for years, it’s a big time saver. I can even cut and paste from the remote desktop to the one I’m on. Knowing I can get to everything on my computer from the classroom makes class prep much simpler.

It is important to understand that this only works across the same network – that is, you can access your computer from another computer on the same network. One other thing to be aware of … no one can log on to the machine you are remotely accessing while you are accessing it.

Setting up and Running Remote Desktop Connection

RDC is built into Windows, and setting it up is pretty easy. I Googled “setting up RDC” to get these instructions:



For number 3 above, just go with the middle option (as shown in the screen below). As for setting up users – you will add yourself using the Select Users button.



To run RDC, you will need to know the network name of your computer (the one you want to access remotely). To get to it from another computer using RDC, click the Windows Start button and enter “remote” in the search box. When you see Remote Desktop Connection, click it. This will open a screen like the one below, and you will need to enter the Computer name you want to remotely access, then click Connect. You will be prompted to sign on with your network credentials.


Note that the display of the remote computer may very well appear a little different than when you are on it directly – the background image may be smaller, or the fonts and buttons may be smaller. Sometimes this can be a bit of a problem and you may want to tweak screen settings. It’s also a good idea to click on Show Options (on the above screen) and then click the Display tab and slide the Display Configuration slider all the way to the right.

That’s it! Have fun. Be productive. 


Kelly Walsh is Chief Information Officer at The College of Westchester, in White Plains, NY, where he also teaches. In 2009, Walsh founded He frequently delivers presentations and training on a variety of related topics at schools and conferences across the U.S. His eBook, the Flipped Classroom Workshop-in-a-Book is available here. Walsh became the Community Administrator for the Flipped Learning Network in June of 2016. In his "spare time" he also writes, records, and performs original music ... stop by and have a listen!

[Disclaimer: The opinions expressed here are my own, or those of other writers, and not those of my employer. - K. Walsh]

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Prasanta Shee October 13, 2016 at 5:45 am

In addition to Windows Remote Desktop Connection, one may even try tools like logmein, R-HUB remote support servers, Bomgar etc. for remotely accessing computers from anywhere anytime.

Tinny Molepo March 28, 2016 at 10:27 am

This post has been very helpful to me since I have always struggled with accessing information using someone else’ s computer. Your tips are of utmost important to me. Keep on posting. Thanks.

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