How to Save Remote Desktop Credentials to RDP File

Use a remote desktop connection frequently? You can save remote desktop credentials to an RDP file to make your life easy.

Most of us use the built-in remote desktop connection app to access, see, and interact with another computer over a network. The good thing is that the Remote Desktop Connection app is not only free but is pretty easy to configure and use. All it requires is the IP address or computer and appropriate credentials.

After configuring the remote desktop connection, clicking the “Connect” button will establish the link, and you can start interacting with the other computer as if you are there physically.

If you frequently connect a specific remote desktop, you can save that remote desktop connection to an RDP file. All it takes is a few clicks. After saving, you can connect to the remote desktop from the dropdown menu or double-click the RDP file to establish a connection. As you can guess, this removes the need to type the network or machine credentials every time.

So, without further ado, let me show you the exact steps to save a remote desktop connection to an RDP file in Windows operating system.

Important note: Before moving forward, make sure you have remote desktop connection credentials.

Save remote desktop connection to the RDP file

You can save the remote desktop connection information to an RDP file directly from the Remote Desktop Connection app. All it takes is a few clicks, and you are good to go. Let me show you how to do it in simple and easy steps.

  1. Press the “Start” key on the keyboard.
  2. Search and open “Remote Desktop Connection.”
  3. Type the “Computer Name” in the Name field.
  4. Click the “Show Options” option.
  5. Type remote username in the “User name” field.
  6. Select the “Allow me to save credentials” checkbox.
  7. Click the “Save as” button.
  8. Go to the folder of your choice.
  9. Type a name in the “File Name” field.
  10. Click the “Save” button.
  11. Open the File Explorer.
  12. Find the saved RDP file and double-click on it.
  13. Type the remote password when prompted.
  14. Select the “Remember me” checkbox.
  15. Click the “Ok” button.
  16. It should launch the remote desktop.
  17. With that, you have saved the remote desktop connection to an RDP file.

Same steps with a bit more detail and screenshots:

First, open the Remote Desktop Connection app. You can search for it in the Start menu or use the “mstsc.exe” Run command.

After opening the app, type the “Computer Name” in the “Computer” field.

type remote computer name

Next, click the “Show Options” option on the bottom left corner. Next, type the user name in the “User Name” field, select the “Allow me to save credentials” checkbox, and click the “Save as” button.

click save as to save remote connection

Go to the folder of your choice, type a name in the “File Name” field, and click the “Save” button. I chose to save the RDP file on the desktop.

save remote connection as an RDP file

With that, you have saved the remote connection as an RDP file. Now, double-click on the saved RDP file.

remote connection saved as RDP file

When prompted, type the remote password, and select the “Remember me” checkbox. Click the “Ok” button.

choose remember me

If everything goes well and the remote system is turned on, you should be logged into the remote desktop connection. If you want, you can close it immediately.

remote desktop

With that, you are done saving a remote connection as an RDP file.

From now, you can double-click on the RDP file, and the remote connection will be established immediately. There is no need to enter the remote computer’s name, username, and password every time. If needed, you can also open the RDP file using the “Remote Desktop Connection app > Show Options > Open” option.


That is it. It is simple to save a remote connection’s computer name, user name, and password in an RDP file.

I hope this simple and easy Windows how-to guide helped you.

If you are stuck or need some help, comment below, and I will try to help as much as possible.

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