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How to control a Mac from a Windows PC


Are you looking for a way to login and control your Mac from your Windows PC? Well Mac OS X has the ability to allow you see your Mac’s desktop on your PC. Follow these simple steps to enable VNC access to your Mac.

First  you’ll need to go to your Mac’s System Preferences and turn on Sharing.

Enable Remote Management

A series of options will drop down – you don’t need to check any  of these options at this time. Just click “OK”.

Make sure to click on the “Computer Settings” button once you dismiss the above dialog box.  Also be sure to make note of your IP address listed.  You’ll need that later.

Once you click on the “Computer Settings” button, you’ll see a check box for “VNC viewers may control ….”.

Enable that checkbox, and be sure to set a password to make your connections a bit more secure.

Click “OK” after making the changes. We’re done on the Mac side. Now off to your Windows PC.

On your Windows PC, download and install TightVNC.  You can get it at TightVNC.com.

When you run the install, you can uncheck to install the “Server” portion. We won’t need it to connect to the Mac.

Once installed, run TightVNC and enter the IP address for the Mac you enabled remote management for above.

Enter the password you configured on your Mac and your in.

You may have to change the screen resolution of your Mac to get the best fit to your PCs screen.

You now have control of your Mac – you can do anything you would normally do as if you were sitting at the Mac.

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