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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  1. Richard Campbell

    Or you can just pin it to the taskbar. When rdp is open right click the icon on taskbar then click pin this program to taskbar. Alternately you can open rdp by typing mstsc in the run box.

  2. I agree. I always pin often used apps to my taskbar.

  3. MarkG70

    but with windows 10 we have lost an interesting feature when you pin on the taskbar… On Win 8.1 or 7, if you right click on the RDP icon of the taskbar, you can then pin a list of computers, but with Windows 10 we are now limited to only 2 remote computers…

  4. Michel Comeau

    I have installed Windows 10 fresh (paid for it) and there is no RDC app on it, you can download a store app but the options seem limited. I’m trying to have multimon option set for when i work from home but can’t find where to set it. And googling doesnt help yet.

  5. Kaya Diert

    My current system allows me to pin up to 8 on Windows 10, but after that I cannot pin any more. On Windows 7/8.1 it allowed for at least 12 so it is mildly frustrating to be even more restricted.

  6. Allen Visser

    ah legend! exactly what I was looking for! Tx

  7. Stuart McGill

    Thanks for the info. Additionally, tools like logmein, R-HUB remote support servers, teamviewer etc. can also be used for remotely accessing computers.

  8. Bruce

    Is that true? Win 10 doesn’t offer RDC for free?
    Use third party free software like AEROADMIN or tv. No headache.

  9. Bruce

    +1 for AEROADMIN. It’s free for business.

  10. Sem Jonson

    +1 for LiteManager free up to 30 PC. support all windows and newest windows 10 and server OS

  11. Dale Miller

    I’d done this on Win 7, pinning over a dozen or so RDPs on my task bar. Upgraded to Win10, worked fine-until last week’s update! The pinned RDPs do nothing; when I open up the path to where they really are, and klik on them, still nothing. I can rightklik on both the pins and the directory entry, see ‘connect’ and ‘edit’, but neither works. I’m back to: run rdp, open rdp file, connect. Any ideas how to fix this?

  12. Salamander Calamander

    and how do you make a desktop shortcut from that? Seriously, Windows 10 does not let you make a shortcut to a program from the search screen. But the search screen is the only way to find the program in Windows 10. Ridiculous.

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