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Microsoft Remote Desktop: How to Access Windows From Your Mac

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It's easy to access and work on your Windows PC from a Mac. Microsoft offers a free tool to do the job. Read on to learn how to set up and use Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac.

Remote Desktop for Mac is relatively simple to set up. It lets you use your Windows apps, work with files, or doing anything else you'd normally do on Windows directly from your MacBook or other macOS machine.

Step 1: Prepare Your Windows PC

Microsoft Remote Desktop requires Windows 10 Pro or Enterprise, or Windows Server. The software runs on Microsoft's proprietary RDP protocol, which isn't available on the standard Windows 10 Home Edition. If you need to connect to a PC running Home, one of the best remote access tools will help you out.

The first steps to set up Remote Desktop for Mac occur on your Windows computer.

On your Windows 10 machine, open the Start menu and go to Settings > System > Remote Desktop. Set Enable Remote Desktop to On, and click Confirm when prompted.

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Your PC needs to be on and awake for you to connect remotely. You might therefore want to activate the Keep my PC awake option. To do this, click Show settings alongside it and set Sleep to Never. You should probably only do this if you need constant remote access to the computer. If you don't, then allowing it to sleep is wise.

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