How to create a Remote Desktop Connection shortcut in Windows 10

In this post, we will see how to create a desktop shortcut to open the Remote Desktop Connection in Windows 10/8/7. The Remote Desktop Connection Protocol in Windows provides a graphical interface to the user, when he connects his or her computer to another computer over a network connection, using the Remote Desktop Connection client software.

Create a Remote Desktop Connection shortcut

Create a Remote Desktop Connection shortcut

Type ‘remote’ in the Windows 10 taskbar search and click on Remote Desktop Connection, Desktop app which appears in the result, to open it.

You will have to ensure that the Computer, User name, etc,  fields are filled in correctly under the General tab.

Next, click on the Show options button.

You will see Connection settings appear. Here you can save the current connection settings to an RDP file or open a saved connection.

Click on Save As and choose the location where you want to save the shortcut, and click on Save. Creating a desktop shortcut to open RDP, will let you access the connection easily.

The shortcut will be created and saved to the location you chose.

Now if you click on the shortcut, you will see the Remote Desktop Connection client software window open.

If in future, you wish to edit its settings, you may do so by right-clicking on the shortcut icon and selection Edit from the context menu.

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