How to Install Microsoft Remote Desktop - Mac


This article provides steps for installing and using Microsoft Remote Desktop for Mac users.

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Download & Install the Microsoft Remote Desktop Client

This is a one-time step.

Once the application is installed, you will access and use it as you do other applications installed on your computer.

Source: Azure Virtual Desktop Documentation for Users

(1) From the App store, download and install Microsoft Remote Desktop.

(2) When installation is complete, open the app. 

Microsoft Remote Desktop Icon

(3) From the Options menu, open Preferences > General tab.

  • At the bottom of the window, set a default location for saving files.
  • All files you created when using the Virtual Desktop will automatically be saved here.
Screenshot: General Preferences
(4) From the Workspaces tab, click the Add Workspace button.
Screnshot: Add Workspace

(5) Enter the FSU workspace URL:

Screenshot: Workspace URL

(6) Sign in with your FSU credentials.


Screenshot: Microsoft Sign In
(7) Launch the application you need to use. Screenshot: Application Menu

Saving Files to Your Computer Using Virtual Desktop

To save files when using the Virtual Desktop, there are two steps to remember.

(1) From the applications File menu, choose Save or Save As.

Note: In this example, we are using the SPSS application.

Screen: File Save menu

(2) From the Look in drop down, confirm that the default location you set for saving files is automatically selected.

Example: Downloads on ComputerName

To change where a file is saved, expand the Look in drop down to select a different location with the word β€˜on’ in its name.

On indicates locations on your computer.

Screenshot: Drive Location



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