How to have a Remote Desktop Session work "fullscreen"

If you use the Remote Desktop service to work on a system when you are elsewhere you may want to change how big the remote desktop application window is either to fill the entire screen or to work as a windows within your desktop.

09 September 2014 How to...  Working from home

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If you use the Remote Desktop service to work on a system when you are elsewhere you may want to change how big the remote desktop application window is.  This short article provides a step by step guide on how to change the size of the window.

Changing the Remote Desktop Connection Display Settings

How you change the settings for your Remote Desktop connection may vary slightly depending on the Remote Desktop application you are using and how it is configured. 

  1. If you have an icon on your Desktop for the Remote Desktop Connection, move your pointer over the icon and then right-click.  The shortcut menu will appear and you should (left) click on Edit...   Remote Desktop Connection - Edit  
  2. Or, open your Remote Desktop Connection as usual however do not click Connect at this stage.  You should have a window similar to that shown below - click the down arrow to the left of "Show Options".

Remote Desktop Connection - Show Options

You will now be editing the settings for the connection and series of tabs will now be shown, click the Display tab.

Remote Desktop Connection - Display Tab

The Display tab is where we can change various aspects about how the Remote Desktop Window will appear. 

  • To ensure the Remote Desktop fills your local desktop screen, drag the slider control all the way to the right (see below). 
  • To make the Remote Desktop window smaller, drag the slider control to the left until you get the required size (indicated underneath the slider).

Remote Desktop Connection - Display Configuration

To save the settings for future session, click the General tab  and then click the Save button .  If you wish to connect at this stage, click the Connect button .

Remote Desktop Connection - Save Settings

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