How to Change Global Settings in Remote Desktop app on Windows 10 PC

You can download and install the free Microsoft Remote Desktop app and use it to connect to a remote PC or virtual apps and desktops made available by your admin. The app helps you be productive no matter where you are.

You can change session and app settings in the Microsoft Remote Desktop app that get applied globally to all added Remote Desktop connections.

This tutorial will show you how to change the session and app global settings in the Microsoft Remote Desktop app for your account in Windows 10.

Here's How:

1. Open the Microsoft Remote Desktop app. (see screenshot below)

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2. Click/tap on the Settings button in the Connection Center. (see screenshot below)

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3. You can now change the session and app global settings below to how you want. (see screenshot below)


A) Start connections in full screen - When enabled, anytime a connection is launched, the client will use the entire screen of the current monitor.

B) Start each connection in a new window - When enabled, each connection is launched in a separate window, allowing you to place them on different monitors and switch between them using the taskbar.

C) When resizing the app: - Allows you control over what happens when the client window is resized. Defaults to Stretch the content, preserving aspect ratio.

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D) Use keyboard commands with: - Let's you specify where keyboard commands like WIN or ALT+TAB are used. The default is to only send them to the session when the connection is in full screen.

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E) Prevent the screen from timing out - Allows you to keep the screen from timing out when a session is active. This is helpful when the connection does not require any interaction for long periods of time.


F) Show Desktop Previews - Lets you see a preview of a desktop in the Connection Center before you connect to it. By default, this is set to on.

G) Help improve Remote Desktop - Sends anonymous data to Microsoft. We use this data to improve the client. To learn more about how we treat this anonymous, private data, see the Microsoft Privacy Statement. By default, this setting is on.

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4. When finished, you can close the Remote Desktop app if you like.

That's it,