By Annie / Last Updated August 22, 2021

The case: "How do I transfer a file using Remote Desktop?"

It seems that I can transfer files from a remote computer to a local PC using Microsoft Remote Desktop. However,  after I connect to the remote server using Microsoft Remote Desktop Connection, I don't know how to transfer files from the machine to my local computer". Is any advice?

About Windows Remote Desktop 

Windows built-in feature, Remote Desktop, offered by Microsoft, enables a computer to be accessed and controlled by another computer over the same internet.  Whether you want to offer technical support or transfer files over Remote Desktop, please enable Remote Desktop on the host computer, open Remote Desktop Connection on the client computer, and type the IP and user name of the remote PC to connect to it. For a step-by-step guide on how to set up Windows Remote Desktop, refer to How to Setup Remote Desktop on Windows 10.

Two or three steps to access and transfer files from the remote desktop to the local PC

After you establish Remote Desktop Session between the remote and local PCs, on your desktop, a screen of the remote computer desktop will pop up, just like the following screenshot:

Desktop of the Remote Computer

Then, you can easily move the files from the remote computer to the local computer over Remote Desktop Session. 

If the files that you want to move just are stored on the desktop of the host PC, supposed that are all the files on the folder called "Lora".

Step 1. On the remote desktop, choose the folder that you want to copy to your local computer with your mouse, press "Ctrl"+ "C" to copy files. 

Step 2. Go to your desktop or a folder of your local computer, press "Ctrl" + "V" to paste the copied files. Then, you can see the "Lora" folder on your local PC. 

Transfer Files to Local PC

If the files that you need are saved on another location rather than the desktop of the remote computer:

Step 1.  you can click This PC and go to the folder that contains the files. 

Drives of Remote PC

Step 2. Copy the files by pressing  "Ctrl"+ "C" simultaneously on the remote computer. 

Step 3. Paste the files by hitting "Ctrl"+ "V" at the same time on the destination location on the local PC. 

See! It's ultra-easy to transfer files over Remote Desktop as long as you apply proper steps. 

What if you failed to transfer files during the Remote Desktop Session?

Sometimes, you may find that you can't transfer files over Remote Desktop. Usually, The issue occurs out of improper settings on the local PC.  Let's walk through the two easy and effective ways to settle out file transfer failure over Remote Desktop. 

Solution 1. Enable drives and clipboard on the local client PC

Step 1. In the taskbar, input "Remote Desktop Connection" and run it.



Step 2. In the pop-up window, input the correct name or IP address of the host PC.

Show Options

Step 3. Click the Local Resources tab, and then check the "Clipboard".

Check Clipboard


Step 4. After this, click More to open the Local devices and resources window. Then check Drives and click "OK".

Check Drives


Solution 2:  Restart RDP clipboard monitor on the client PC 

Step 1. Press Ctrl+ Shift + Esc at the same time to open Task Manager. 

Step 2. Under the Process tab, right click RDP clipboard monitor and choose "End Task". 

RDP Monitor

Step 3. Click "File" in Task Manager window, choose "Create new task". Then type ”rdpclip.exe”  and click "OK".

Restart RDP Clipboard Monitor