The General tab in Remote Desktop Connection
Configuration of The General tab in Remote Desktop Connection
In different editions of the Windows operating system, a default internal remote desktop connection tool is available to connect to another computer remotely. There are some tabs in this software to configure a remote connection. The present article is to explain the settings and options on the General tab in Remote Desktop Connection step by step.
Running Remote Desktop Connection
To open and run the Remote Desktop Connection software, click on the Start button, go to Windows Accessories and click on Remote Desktop Connection. A more natural way to open the software is to click on the Start button and type remote desktop. Its name and icon will appear in the search results. Click on it to open.
There are also two slightly more advanced ways to open the Remote Desktop Connection tool. You can open this software from the Run window. Press Windows+R keys to open the Run window.
Type mstsc in the Open field and click on the Ok button. Furthermore, using command prompt (cmd) is another way to do this. Open the cmd. Insert mstsc.exe command, and tap the enter key.
The first view
As you run the software, a new window titled Remote Desktop Connection will appear. At the 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 appear. In the expanded window there are five tabs. Let's directly go to the first one, the General tab.
The General tab in Remote Desktop Connection
In the General tab, there are two sections, entitled Logon Settings and Connection settings, respectively.
The Logon Settings section
The first section in the General tab is Logon Settings and consists of two fields, named Computer and Username, respectively. In the Computer field, you should enter the full name of the Remote Computer (or its IP) you want to connect. In the Username field, you should enter the username you want to access on the remote computer. Now click on the connect button.
Note: To find the full computer name, go to Control panel. Click on System and Security and navigate to System. You can see the Full computer name under the Computer name, domain, and workgroup settings section, on the View basic information about your computer page.
Note: To find the computer IP address, press Windows+R keys. Type cmd in the Open field and click Ok. The command prompt window will open. Type 'ipconfig' in command prompt and hit the Enter key. Now you can find your computer IP address in front of IPv4 Address item in command prompt (see the screenshot below).
Note: By default, you need to enter the credentials each time to connect to a remote computer. But If you enable the Allow me to save credentials option in the Logon Settings section, you don't have to enter the credentials again any more time.
Now click on the Connect button to start a remote connection. By clicking on the button, the Windows security prompt will emerge and ask you to enter and confirm the credentials (the username and password) of the remote computer. Enter the password and click on Ok.
Note: There is a Remember Me option under the password field. If you do not want to save the entered password, leave it unchecked. Enable the option if you want to save the password. By saving the password, you do not need to enter the password every time you connect to this user on the remote computer.
Note: If you have saved the credentials previously and now need to edit or even remove them, the Edit and Delete options will be available by entering the computer name. See the screenshot below.
Note: After clicking on the Ok button on the Windows security prompt, you may encounter an verification error. This error warns you that the connection to this remote computer may be unsafe. If you think that the error probably is caused by entering the incorrect information (computer name or IP), check the entered data again. But if you are sure about the input information accuracy, mark the Don’t ask me again for connections to this computer option. Click on the Yes button to connect.
In the Windows security prompt, there is a More Choice option. Previously saved accounts are listed below this option. You can select each of them by a click. Furthermore, you can enter a new username and password, clicking on Use a different account.
The Connection settings section
The second section in the General tab is Connection settings. In the Connection settings section, there are three buttons. Use the Save or Save as button to save the current remote desktop connection settings as a .rdp file. Apply one of these two options in case you frequently need to connect to a computer remotely.
If you want to use a previously saved settings file, click on Open button. In the opened window navigate to the .rdp file you want to use. Select the file and then click the Open button (or double click on the file). The Remote Desktop Connection tool will open. Now click on the Connect button to connect to the remote computer.
Note: The credentials do not save in .rdp files. It means you need to enter the password in the Windows security prompt unless you have saved it before.
Note: Instead of opening a .rdp file from the Connection settings> Open, you can directly navigate to the saved .rdp file location in file explorer and double click on it. Then enter the asked information and click Ok to connect. It means that a .rdp file acts as a remote desktop connection shortcut.
In this article, we have described and explained the use of the available options on the General tab in Remote Desktop Connection tool. Hope you find this article helpful. Share your views with us in the commenting section.