The Display tab in Remote Desktop Connection



The Display tab in Remote Desktop Connection


If you use Windows and need to connect to another computer remotely, you should get familiar with the configuration of the Windows Remote Desktop Connection tool. The Remote Desktop Connection should be configured using the options in its various tabs. In a previous article entitled Configuration of the General tab in Remote Desktop Connection, we described and explained the General tab settings and options. In the present article, we will have a detailed look at the Display tab in remote desktop connection and explain how to configure it.


Running  Remote Desktop connection

To run Remote Desktop Connection, click on the Start button and then type remote desktop. You will see the icon and name of the Remote Desktop Connection in the search results. Click on it. You can open the program using another way. Click on the Start button, go to Windows Accessories and click on Remote Desktop Connection.

There are two more advanced methods to run the Remote Desktop Connection programme. The first one is to open it using the Run window. Push Windows key + R on your keyboard (the Run window will open).

running remote desktop connection use the run window  

Type mstsc in the Open field and click Ok. Furthermore, you can open the software using the command prompt (cmd). Open the command prompt. Type the mstsc.exe command and tap enter.

 running remote desktop connection using the command prompt

The first view of the Remote Desktop Connection

Running Remote Desktop Connection, a new window entitled Remote Desktop Connection will appear. At first look, you will see only one empty field in this window, named Computer. But If you click on the Show Options button on the lower-left corner, the window will expand, and the options will emerge. In the expanded window there are five tabs. In the previous article, we explained the first tab. Now let's go to the second one, the Display tab.

 the first view of remote desktop connection 

Configuration of the Display tab in Remote Desktop Connection


In the Display tab, there are two sections named Display configuration and Colors, respectively.

 the Display tab in remote desktop connection 

The Display configuration section in the Display tab

In the Display configuration section, there is a slider to set the display size of the remote desktop. You could set up the resolution of the remote desktop by sliding the thumb to right or left. As you slide the slider thumb leftward, the remote desktop resolution decreases and by pushing it rightward, the resolution increases. So If you put the thumb on the right termination of the track, the remote desktop will be displayed full-screen.

 Display configuration on the display tab in remote desktop connection 

If you use more than one monitor on your computer, you could enable the Use all my monitors for the remote session option to see the remote desktop on all of your monitors.

 the display tab in remote desktop connection 

A closer look on multi-monitor RDP in Windows 10

Note that while you could use most of Windows 10 editions (Home, Pro, Enterprise) on the local system in remote desktop connection, just the two pro and enterprise editions could be used on the remote computer.

Given the above explanation, and assuming that you have checked the box of Use all my monitors for the remote session, two simple states of the multi-monitor RDP are described below.


The first state:

You have One monitor on the remote computer and two or more monitors on the local computer.

In this state, the remote computer monitor will duplicate in both of the monitors on the local computer. You can run softwares on the remote computer and put the windows on each of the monitors you prefer, on the local computer.

 multi-monitor remote desktop connection 

The second state:

On both (the remote and local) computers, you have two or more monitors (but the number of monitors on both computers is the same). In this state, the monitors on the remote computer will accurately duplicate on the local monitors (as shown in the following figure).

multi-monitor remote desktop connection

The Colors section in the Display tab

The second section in the display tab is the Colors section. In this section, you could choose an appropriate color depth mode for the remote desktop, using a drop-down menu.

 The Colors section on the display tab in Remote Desktop Connection 

Note: If you connect through a relatively slow connection, it is necessary to optimize the display resolution and color depth of the remote desktop. Set the Display Configuration slider to a lower resolution. Put the Color depth on a more moderate state (for example: High Color (16 bit)). This will make your remote connection optimized and faster.

Under the second section, there is an option which lets you see the connection bar when using full-screen mode for the remote desktop.

 display the connection bar when I use the full screen 

Note: If you enable the Display the connection bar when I use the full screen option, you could pin or unpin the connection bar in full-screen mode in the remote desktop connection. The pinned connection bar will be continuously displayed at the top of the remote screen. While the unpinned connection bar will disappear after a few seconds, but if you hover the mouse cursor, it will appear again.

 Display the connection bar when using the full screen

Note: If you left the option unchecked and then go to the full-screen mode, use Ctrl+Alt+Break key combination to switch between the full-screen and the window mode.



In this article, we have described and explained the use of the available options on the Display tab in Remote Desktop Connection. Furthermore, we had a closer look at multi-monitor feature in the remote desktop connection. Hope you find this article helpful. Share your views with us in the commenting section.


Published by Blogger at 2020 March 30