Connecting to a Remote Computer

Once you have a computer properly configured, it’s time to set up Screens to connect to it. If you have Screens Connect installed on the machine, this set-up process is simple and painless. If you’re not using Screens Connect, it’s still easy to set up the connection.

Creating a New Screen

  • A screen is a set of configuration settings Screens needs to establish a connection to another computer. Having Screens Connect installed on the destination computer will save a few steps when creating a new screen, but adding a screen manually isn’t difficult.If Screens Connect is installed on the destination computer, the Screens Library will include the computer in the Nearby Computers/Screens Connect lists. Click the [+] button beside the computer’s name to open the screen settings dialog.
  • Alternatively, click the [+] button in the Screens toolbar, then click New Screen. This presents a drop-down menu from which you may choose a known computer. Choose a computer or click Custom to create a new screen from scratch.

  • Assign a Name (required), Tags (optional), and a Group (optional).

  • Certain other fields will be filled in automatically with data from Screens Connect, including Address or Hostname and Port. If Screens Connect isn’t installed on the machine, configure settings according to IP address/hostname and port information recorded for the destination machine.

  • If you wish to use a secure connection when connecting to this computer, click the Secure Connection tab and activate the feature. Again, Screens Connect will auto-fill certain information; otherwise, configure settings manually based on the destination machine’s host and port settings.

  • Click the More Settings tab and configure settings according to your needs and desires.
    • Color Depth: Choose between thousands or millions of colors. If display performance is an issue, choose thousands to lighten the load.
    • Start in Observe Mode: Upon connecting to the destination machine, keyboard and mouse input will be disabled. You can toggle Observe Mode from the Screens toolbar and via the application menu (View > Switch to Observe/Control Mode), as well.
    • Remember Selected Display: Upon connecting, the last-used display will be automatically selected.
    • Show Local Cursor: Displays the local cursor along with the remote cursor. If you’re disconnected from remote Windows computers for no apparent reason, disabling this setting may solve the problem.
    • Use Curtain Mode: Obscures the desktop on the remote display.
    • Grab Screenshot When Disconnecting: Captures a screenshot of the remote desktop just before disconnecting the session.
    • Perform Action When Disconnecting: The selected action will be completed just before disconnecting the session.
      • Do Nothing: This deactivates the feature.
      • Hot Corners: Activates the selected macOS desktop hot corner. To configure hot corners, see mac OS System Preferences > Desktop & Screen Saver > Screen Saver > Hot Corners.
      • Log Out User: Logs out the currently logged in user on the destination computer.
      • Ctrl-Alt-Del: Executes the Ctrl-Alt-Del key combination on the destination computer.

Establishing the Connection

Once a saved screen has been created for the remote computer, establishing a connection is a one-step affair: simply double-click the saved screen to connect. Alternatively, you can click the saved screen to select it, then click the "lightning" icon in the Screens toolbar to connect.

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