Nowadays, most business meetings have a virtual component to them.
Thanks to video conferencing software, most employees are no longer bound to their office buildings in order to get work done. No matter where you are, you have the ability to collaborate with colleagues and attend important meetings.
In the world of corporate telecommunications apps, Skype is a well-known name. One of the more popular Skype features for business teams is screen share, which allows users to collaborate and share their screen on a call.
In this step-by-step guide, we’ll walk through how to share your screen on a desktop using Skype.
In recent years, Skype has rolled out different versions of their program for personal or professional use. Whatever the case may be, all versions of Skype allow users to access the screen share feature.
How to share your screen on Skype
To begin sharing your screen, click the camera button to start a video call then select the screen share icon. You'll be prompted to pick the screen you want to share. Once you choose the right screen, click "Start sharing" and you'll begin sharing it with everyone on the call.
Before we go over these steps in detail, it’s important to make sure you have a Skype account. If you’re using Skype for Business, it’s likely that your organization provided you with login credentials. If you’re an individual user, you can create an account for free.
Once you’re logged in, you’re ready to get started.
1. Start a Skype video call
The first step is to start a video call. To do this, select a name from your contacts list and click the gray camera icon in the top right corner of your screen or share your Skype ID and have them start the call.
The call will ring until the user you are calling picks up. Once they answer, the screen will default to a video chat.
Tip: Only the user who started the call will have the option to screen share. Make sure you initiate the call if you plan to share your screen.
2. Select share screen
Once you’re on the call, you’ll want to select the icon on the bottom-right corner that has two overlapping rectangles (). This button will initiate the screen share.
It’s important to remember that by clicking this button, you are agreeing to share your screen. If the person on the other line would like to share their screen instead, they will have to be the one to start the call.
3. Choose a screen to share
The window that pops up next will prompt you to choose a screen. If you have multiple monitors, you’ll select which screen you want to share. If you only have one monitor, Skype will default to selecting the one screen that you have available.
To finalize the screen share, select Start sharing. And that’s it – you’re officially sharing your screen! The other user will now be able to see everything on your screen, including programs and images you have open.
How to end screen share on Skype
If at any point you decide that you’d like to be done sharing your screen, it’s very simple to turn off the feature. All you have to do is hover over the screen share button on the bottom right and select Stop sharing. From there, Skype will take you back to the video chat screen you started on.
If you’d like to end the call altogether, you can do so while you’re still sharing your screen. This will end the call and the screen share at the same time.
Let’s get sharing
Believe or not, it’s as simple as that. Skype makes it incredibly easy to share your screen with other users. All you have left to do is try it out for yourself!
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