Skype screen sharing is a feature offered by Skype, an online communications software company. Skype is an application that allows you to conduct voice or video calls online from your computer with anyone else using the same software on their home computers or laptops. The screen sharing feature allows you to let the person you are talking to see exactly what is on your screen. It can be used to share photos and videos instantly with family friends, rather than having to use file sharing programs or email. Screen sharing is also a valuable feature for businesses, as it allows you to share presentations, charts, graphs or any documents you may have displayed on screen with clients or business partners. Skype screen sharing is not hard to do as long as you follow these easy steps.
To use the Skype screen sharing feature, you will need:
- Latest version of the Skype software
- At least 2.5 GHz processor, 512 MB RAM and a bandwidth of at least 512kb/sec download and 256kb/sec upload
- Make sure Skype is installed on your computer. If you haven’t already, download and install Skype from the company’s website. Make sure your computer meets the minimum requirements to run the software.
Run Skype and make your call. Once the program is successfully installed, open the program and place a call to the person or client you want to talk to.
Share your screen. At the bottom of your call screen in the toolbar, you will see a button labeled "Share." Click this button. You will be given two options. One will ask if you want to "Share your current display." This option allows you to share your entire screen. The other option will ask if you want to "Select window." This option lets you choose which open window to share. You will want to make sure the window you want to share is highlighted in blue before selecting "Show selected window."
Stop sharing your screen. When you are finished with your presentation, click "Stop sharing" to end the screen sharing mode.
- Skype screen sharing is not available for group video calls or conference calls and can only be shared with one person at a time. However, screen sharing is available between multiple operating platforms, such as Windows, Mac and Linux.