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  1. Open the Start Menu and start typing Remote Desktop Connection until a program with that name appears. (Alternatively, you can find the utility in the Start Menu under the folder called Windows Accessories.)
  2. In the Computer field, type the name of the computer you have set up to access remotely. The computer name* can be found by opening a Windows Explorer window (Image result for windows logo+E) and right-clicking on Properties from the context menu.

    1. NOTE: If you know your computer's IP address, you can use it instead of the computer name, but because IP addresses are assigned dynamically to all computers across campus, your address may not always remain the same.
  3. Click Connect to log onto the PC you want to remote in to. If you see a security warning, acknowledge it and continue. You can also check the box telling RDC to remember your choice for future sessions.
  4. When you are finished, you can either log out as you normally do or by opening the Start Menu, clicking on your user icon, and choosing "Log off". If you are working on an office computer, you can click the "x" in the upper-right corner of the blue RDC bar to disconnect without logging out. Do not do this on lab computers, because disconnecting without logging out will prevent the next person from using that computer until the machine reboots automatically after a period of inactivity.
    1. When terminating a remote connection, ensure that you do not "Shutdown" your machine, as this will prevent you from future remote connections due to your PC being turned off.  Shutting down your PC via the Remote Desktop Connection will necessitate a manual power-on of your machine in order to continue using it remotely.  To terminate the Remote Desktop Connection, simply close out of the window.

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