What You Can Do with Remote Desktop - dummies

What You Can Do with Remote Desktop

Remote Desktop is a Windows Vista feature that lets you share work between your laptop and desktop computers. When the remote desktop is set up and connected, what you see on your laptop’s screen is actually the display of another computer on the network. Moving the mouse on your laptop moves the mouse on the other computer, and ditto for the keyboard. It’s just as though you’re sitting at that computer, when you’re actually working things from a remote location.


The remote desktop can be displayed on a full screen or in a window. In Full Screen mode, a strip appears across the top of the screen and acts as a sort of window control. In Window mode, the remote desktop appears in a window on your laptop’s screen.

Sadly, you cannot copy files and folders between the remote system and your own computer by dragging things into and out of the remote desktop’s window. The Remote Desktop Connection is more of a control and access feature than a file exchange utility.