How to Connect to TurboLaw Cloud from Mac OS X

This article will guide you through setting up your connection to TurboLaw Cloud from an Apple computer running Mac OS X.

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On your Apple device, go to the App Store. In the search box at the top right corner, type in "Microsoft Remote Desktop" and press Enter.

Note: There may be more than 1 result - the app you want to use with TurboLaw Cloud is the Microsoft Remote Desktop app with the round icon as shown below.

Click Get in the tile for "Microsoft Remote Desktop" and then click Install App. The "Install App" button text will change to "Installing" during the installation process, and finally to "Open" when the installation has finished. (You can also find the application in your Launchpad.)


When the application has finished installing, click Open to launch the app (or find it in your Launchpad).

When you first open Microsoft Remote Desktop, you'll see a screen asking you to share usage data with Microsoft - you can choose either Yes or No to this option.

If this is your first time opening Microsoft Remote Desktop you'll see a quick connect screen. Enter the PC Name as shown in the email that was sent to you when you signed up for TurboLaw Cloud.


When you click Connect you'll be prompted for your user name and password - enter them as shown in the email that was sent to you. We recommend you copy & paste the user name and password - you can right-click or Option-click (if you only have one mouse button) to copy & paste.

Note: take care when entering your user name and password - they must be entered exactly as they appear in your welcome email. If you copy & paste from the email, make sure you don't accidentally copy a blank space in front of or at the end of your user name or password, otherwise it won't be an exact match.


When you have finished entering the user name and password, click Done. At this point you'll be connected to TurboLaw Cloud - but there are a few other settings that you'll want to change first, so close out of TurboLaw Cloud by clicking the Start menu at the bottom-left corner of the screen and then clicking on your name at the top-right and choosing Sign Out.

This will return you to the Remote Desktop app, with your TurboLaw Cloud connection listed.


Point your mouse at the connection listed and click the Edit button (the button with a pencil icon).


This will open the Edit Desktop screen.


Next to the label for User Account, click the drop-down and choose Add User Account.


On this screen, enter your user name and password again from the email that was sent to you. (Leave the "friendly name" field blank.) Click Save when done. This will return you to the previous screen.


There are several "tabs" in the middle of this screen, labeled General, Display, Sound, and Local Resources.

On the General tab, you can set the Friendly Name to whatever you like - this is just your name for the connection - or you can leave it blank.

For the other options on the General tab, make sure that:

  • The option for Gateway is set to "No gateway"
  • The option for Group is set to "Saved Desktops"
  • The option for Connect to admin session is NOT checked
  • The option for Swap mouse buttons is NOT checked
  • The option for Reconnect if the connection is dropped is checked.


Next, click on the Display tab.


If you'd prefer to have TurboLaw Cloud appear as a window so you can easily switch between applications on your Mac, un-check the option for Start session in full screen and instead check the option Fit session to window.

Next, click on the Local Resources tab.


On this screen, check the box for Printers. This will allow you to print from TurboLaw Cloud to any printer that is connected to your Mac.

Important: be sure to check the "printers" check box, or else you will not be able to print from TurboLaw Cloud.

If you'd like to be able to save your TurboLaw documents to your Mac, check the box for Folders and then click the "+" button at the bottom-left of the window. From here you can choose any folder you like. The folder you choose will be made available to TurboLaw Cloud, allowing you to save files back to your Mac and work on them even when you're not connected to TurboLaw Cloud.

When you are done, click Save to save your changes. Your TurboLaw Cloud connection is now ready to use. To connect to TurboLaw Cloud in the future, just launch the Microsoft Remote Desktop app and double-click your connection and you will be logged in automatically. 


If you chose to have your TurboLaw Cloud connection open in full-screen mode, you'll be able to switch back to your Mac at any time by pushing your mouse to the very top-middle of the screen and holding it there - after a moment the Mac menu bar will appear and you can minimize the TurboLaw Cloud window or switch to other applications on your Mac.

If instead you chose to have your TurboLaw Cloud connection open as a window, you'll be able to see TurboLaw Cloud and your Mac desktop and dock at the same time. You can resize the TurboLaw Cloud window just like any other window on your Mac.


If you need to make changes to your TurboLaw Cloud connection (for example, if you want to be able to save your files from TurboLaw Cloud back to your Mac but didn't set this up originally) you can click on your TurboLaw Cloud connection and then click the Edit button. Once you've done this, you can make changes to your connection as needed.

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