I'm describing how to use M$ remote desktop in an email with the sentence below.

"You can use any software or hardware attached to that computer as if you were sitting at the machine itself."

The use of "itself" seems incorrect. Granted, I could end the sentence at "machine", but is there a more suitable pronoun?

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    Why do you think itself is not right? – developerwjk Aug 29 '16 at 23:09
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    Some might quibble about software 'installed' rather than 'attached', but the sentence itself is fine. – Lawrence Aug 29 '16 at 23:09
  • itself sounds incorrect because of the "self" part of the word. – user38537 Aug 29 '16 at 23:39
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    itself doesn't imply personality. Its intended for inanimate things. – developerwjk Aug 30 '16 at 0:02
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    An aside. Isn't "M$" a way to denigrate MicroSoft? – GEdgar Aug 30 '16 at 0:52

Your usage of "itself" in this sentence is correct. You have used it as an emphatic pronoun, which serves to bring attention to the noun it follows. Since "machine" would be correctly referenced by the pronoun "it," the appropriate emphatic pronoun is "itself."

More reading: http://www.englishpractice.com/improve/reflexive-emphatic-pronouns/

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