The following information describes how to use your RDP session across more than one screen. Typically, folks using a dual monitor setup and accessing a terminal server where their applications are run from would use a setup like this to take advantage of both their monitors sitting on their desk.
All this can be accomplished in a few easy steps: This HowTo assumes you know where to find the application or that you’ve got a shortcut to it on your desktop. Not sure where the program is… click here for further information.
Step One: Open the RDP application.
Open the Remote Desktop Connection application (RDP), which is native to all modern Windows installations. When I say modern I mean Windows 7 and above. If you’re running anything older than that we need to talk. When you’ve opened the program you’ll see an application window that looks something like this. You’ll notice the section outlined in Red labeled Show Options. This is the first place we need to go to make changes.
Step Two: Setting Change on the Display Tab
On this screen you can see all the settings tabs displayed across the top and the one I’ve highlighted is labeled Display. So, now we’re going to go to that tab which is where we will tell the RDP application that we want to use all available screens. In most cases this is just two screens. For those users who have more than two screens connected to their workstation you’re about to have a whole lot of fun.
Step Three: Making the Change to use all screens
Now we’re going to tell the RDP application to use all our screens for the RDP session. In this image I’ve outlined the section on the screen with a check box. Click in this checkbox and that will tell the application to use all the screens you’re using for the RDP session.
Step Four: Final Steps
At this point we go back to the General Tab. If you’re like me you’ll want to save this connection and it’s settings. To do that simply click the Save As button and when the dialog box opens up give the connection a familiar name. If this is a connection you make on a regular basis it’s probably a good idea to save the connection to your desktop. Quick, easy access to this connection is always a good thing.
In the event you’re editing (making change to) an existing RDP connection shortcut you’ll want to Save your settings by clicking the Save button rather than using the Save As function.
Finally, test your adjusted settings in this RDP session connection you’ve either created or edited. Hit the Connect button and see if the RDP session opens and uses all your screens. Unless there’s something weird with your monitors or computer you should be using both (all) your screens in your RDP session.
Additionally, if you’ve already got an RDP connection defined and saved as a shortcut somewhere like your desktop, you can edit that connection and make these changes. Just right click on the connection and choose Edit from the context menu and follow the steps above.
Finding the RDP application on your System
Windows 7: On Windows 7 the RDP application is in the Accessories folder on the Start menu->All Programs.
Windows 8: The easiest and fastest way to locate it on Windows 8 is to perform the following – unless you don’t mind hunting through all the program tiles on the Start Screen. Hold the Windows Key down, then press the “Q” key. This action will bring up a search pane to the right of your screen. Type in the word remote and you should see some choices appear. One of them being labeled Remote Desktop Connection.
Windows 10: The RDP application is located in the program folder under the start menu Windows Accessories near the bottom of the menu. And you’ll have to scroll all the way to the bottom to get to that folder. Once you enter the folder you’ll see it there. Right click on it and choose pin to start menu. Alternatively you can do something similar as you would do in Windows 8 – without the key combo – and just type the word Remote into the Cortana search box. Remote Desktop Connection will appear there. At that point you can right click it and pin to start menu.