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Connect Remotely to Any Computer (Windows, Mac OSX)

Connect Remotely to Any Computer (Windows, Mac OSX) Over Internet

Whether you are trying to access your home PC from your office, or your office workstation from home, you need to establish a remote desktop connection over Internet. Many times accessing a remote computer is not so easy. For instance there could be firewalls blocking access, or the two PCs could be on different OS not compatible with each other, and so on.

In these kind of scenarios, TeamViewer comes to rescue. This free for non-commercial usage tool lets you quickly connect to a remote machine, control it completely including reboot/logoff, do audio and video chat, transfer files, and so on. While there are other desktop sharing applications such as CrossLoop, TeamViewer is much more powerful, flexible, and at the same time user-friendly.
TeamViewer is available as a full version ( requires installation) and also a quick support exe file (portable and standalone). So you can choose which one you want to install on your PC. Note that in order to connect two PCs, at least one of them should have the full version installed.
In this article, we give a step-by-step guide as to how to use TeamViewer to connect to a remote computer. We assume that the quick support exe file is running on the remote computer, and a full version on your local Computer. This scenario is fairly common, such as when you want to remotely connect to your colleague’s or customer’s PC without requiring them to install any software. Before you start with this tutorial, download TeamViewer. TeamViewer is available for both Windows and Mac OSX. The latest version, TeamViewer 5 is compatible with Windows 7.

1. Connecting to the Remote Computer

  • In order to initiate a connection, TeamViewer should be running on both the computers. Ask your friend or customer who is running TeamViewer on the remote computer to note down the ID and Password and send it to you via Email, IM, etc.
  • On your local machine’s TeamViewer, enter the remote computer’s ID in the ‘Create session’ panel, and hit ‘Connect to partner’.
  • Enter the password in the TeamViewer Authentication dialog, and click ‘LogOn’.
  • That’s it. You immediately get access to the remote computer’s desktop. A menu bar at the top of the TeamViewer window gives you access to many features and settings under the menus: ‘Actions’, ‘View’, ‘Audio/Video’, ‘File transfer’, ‘Extras’.

2. Remote Computer Display Settings

If you are not happy with the display of the remote desktop, try to adjust the quality settings by going to ‘View’ –> ‘Quality’ –> ‘Optimize quality’. In case you are on a low bandwidth connection, you can choose ‘Optimize speed’.
Under ‘View’, you can also configure scaling, screen resolution, select an active monitor (in case of remote desktop having multiple monitors), select a single window instead of the entire desktop, refresh the remote desktop, and so on.

  • By default TeamViewer turns off the remote desktop’s wallpaper so you can turn it back by unchecking ‘View’ –> ‘Remove wallpaper’.

3. Remote Reboot And Switching Sides

Another useful feature of TeamViewer is that it lets the remote computer take full control of your local machine. You can do this by going to ‘Actions’ –> ‘Switch sides with partner’. This feature works even when the TeamViewer running on the remote computer is only a quick support version and not a full version.
From the Actions menu, you can  logoff, reboot and even do a safe mode reboot of the remote computer. You can disable remote input, so that any unnecessary mouse or cursor movements can be avoided.

4. Audio and Video Chat

You can do an audio or a video chat with the remote computer. TeamViewer also supports conference calls. Audio and video sessions can be initiated from the Audio/Video menu.

5. File Transfer

It’s really amazing to see how easily you can transfer files between the PCs using TeamViewer. You can browse the remote machine just like it were local to you. TeamViewer’s file transfer dialog shows both the Computers in a dual pane side by side view, thus allowing you to transfer files and folders in both directions in a single click.

6. Extras

The ‘Extras’ menu gives access to remote system information including the hardware and software installed on the remote computer and connection information. You can record your session, start a VPN, and install full version of TeamViewer on the remote machine.

Go ahead and give TeamViewer a try.