In an office environment people are used to connecting to webinars and conference calls where the presenter is sharing his or her screen. However screen sharing doesn’t belong to the boardroom alone. If you haven’t tried screen sharing via Skype yet then let me tell you how to get started and a few ways you can put it to use.
Alright, how do I share my screen?
To begin with you’ll need Skype for Windows Desktop or Skype for Mac, as will the person(s) you’re planning on sharing your screen with. You can receive a shared screen in a one-to-one call on Skype for iPad, but the smaller screen can make it when reading text.
After that the steps differ slightly depending on the version of Skype you’re using.
|In Skype for Windows desktop, once the call is up and running, clickand select Share screen in the menu that appears. You can then either clickto share your entire screen, orto select a specific program window you’d like to share.||In Skype for Mac, once the call is running, click and select Share screen… from the menu. Now you can clickto share your whole screen, or select a specific program window to share using|
If you’re having trouble, take a look at these guides for Skype for Windows desktop and Skype for Mac or ask a question in the Skype Community.
Ok, why should I share my screen?
As I already mentioned, screen sharing is great for walking other people through a big work presentation. But, speaking of walking people through things, screen sharing is also a great way to get tech-support from a tech-savvy relative when they can’t peek over your shoulder.
Many websites and applications have improved their ability to share content with others via, for example, social media. But imagine you’re booking concert tickets for you and a friend and you have to decide on seats. A quick screen-share could speed up a lot of collaborative actions or decisions where a conversation is needed.
What about photos from a legendary night out? You want to show them to the friends who were there, but they could be misinterpreted by others. Instead of fiddling with privacy permissions and waiting for uploads to a web service, why not just fire up a screen-share and show them off that way?
This last example might not apply to you, but I want to give you some idea of how creative you can get with screen sharing. I enjoy photography in my spare time and spend a lot of time poring over my photos in post-production. Color balance is an important part of making them look just right, but colors often appear differently from one screen to another. Using screen sharing I can see my color adjustments on a second screen in real time, helping me get the balance just right.
Hopefully this information will be enough to get you going with Skype screen sharing. If not, help is at hand on Skype Support.