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Transferring Files Through Remote Desktop Connection

Did you know that you can transfer files from your remote computer to your local computer, and vise-versa, via Remote Desktop Connection? I didn't. I've used Remote Desktop Connection for year. Turns out it's quite easy.

It's not as easy as drag-and-dropping files like you can with File Explorer. But it's almost as easy. The short answer is to use the "Copy" and "Paste" function in the context menu. If you don't understand what that means, here is the step-by-step instruction.

Copying File(s) From Remote Computer

In your Remote Desktop Connection window:

  1. Open "File Manager". (Your desktop is also "File Manager".)
  2. Navigate to the location of your file in "File Manager". (You are already there if it's your desktop.)
  3. Select the file(s) you want to copy.
  4. Right click on one of the file(s).
  5. Select "Copy" from the pop-up menu.

Now, go to your local computer and do the following:

  1. Open "File Manager". (Your desktop is also "File Manager".)
  2. Navigate to the location where you want to drop the file(s). (You are already there if it's your desktop.)
  3. Right click on empty spot in the location.
  4. Select "Paste" from the pop-up menu.

And watch Remote Desktop Connection copy your files over.

Copying Local File(s) to Remote Computer

The procedure is the same as the previous section. Except you start the copy process on the local computer and use the paste process in Remote Desktop Connection.

After Thoughts

Seems like you can only copy files through Remote Desktop Connection and you can't move them. To move files, you have to copy them first and then delete them on the source computer.

I learned this technique from the following Microsoft tech page. It was difficult to understand, but I gain the procedure from it.
Copy and paste a file from a remote computer to a local computer

Mel
Thu, 05 Nov 2015 04:59:41 +0300

Transferring Files Over Multiple Remote Desktop Connections

I have just confirmed that you can copy and paste files over multiple Remote Desktop connections. What that means is remote connecting to one Remote Desktop session. Then within that session, remote connecting to a second session.

I was able to transfer a local file directly to the remote computer in the second session using the copy-and-paste method.

Mel
Fri, 19 Feb 2016 05:06:11 +0300

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