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Disabling access to your local desktop

Access to the desktop can be disabled in just one click without stopping existing connections. If you are working on your desktop locally and don’t want to be disturbed by incoming requests from other NoMachine users who wish to connect to your computer, you can disable access to your desktop in just one click. Here’s how:

  • Click on the !M icon (the "Monitor") in your system tray.
  • A little tick is next to ‘Accept connections’ to show that connections to the computer from remote are enabled. (Fig. 1). Click 'Accept connections' to disable access to your desktop. The !M Monitor icon will be greyed out and no further connections will be allowed (Fig. 2).
The !M icon is the Monitor to let you manage the NoMachine remote desktop service

Fig. 1 - Click on ‘Accept connections’ to disable new connections to your desktop

A greyed out !M icon shows access to that desktop is not available

Fig. 2 - The little !M icon will be greyed out to show that access is disabled


  • If you wish to accept new connections again, click on the greyed out !M icon and click on ‘Accept connections’ (Fig. 2) and the little tick will appear (Fig. 1).
Click on Accept connections to enable/disable remote access to that computer

Fig. 3 - Click on ‘Accept connections’ to re-enable access to your desktop