Show the screen to the person you are talking to on Skype

Show the screen to the person you are talking to on Skype

An interesting feature of Skype is the ability to show your interlocutor what is happening on your computer screen. This can be used for a variety of purposes - remotely solving a computer problem, showing some cool things that can't be seen directly, etc. To find out how to turn on screen sharing in Skype, read on.

For stable and good quality screen sharing in Skype, it is a good idea to have an Internet connection with a data rate of 10-15 Mbps or more. Also, your connection must be stable.

It is important: In the updated version of Skype (8 and higher) released by Microsoft, the graphical user interface has been completely redesigned, and along with it some built-in functionalities and tools have changed or even disappeared. The material presented below will be divided into two parts: the first will talk about the current version of the program, and the second, about its predecessor, which is still actively used by a large number of users.

Screen demo in Skype version 8 and later

In the update of Skype, the upper panel with tabs and menus has disappeared, using these elements to configure the program and access the main functions. Now everything is scattered in different areas of the main window.

So, to show your screen to your interlocutor, follow these steps:

  1. Call the desired user through an audio or video call by searching for their name in the address book and pressing one of the two call buttons located in the upper right corner of the main window.

    Wait for him to answer the call.

  2. Having previously prepared the content for the demonstration, click the left mouse button (LMC) on the icon in the form of two squares.
  3. A small window will appear in front of you, where you can select the screen to be displayed (if there is more than one connected to the PC) and activate the sound emission from the PC. Once you have decided on the parameters, press the button "Demo Screen" button..
  4. Your interlocutor will see everything you are doing on your computer, he will hear your voice and, if you have activated the audio emission, everything that happens within the operating system. This is how it will look on your screen:

    And this is what it would look like on yours:

    Unfortunately, the size of the displayed display area, highlighted by the red frame, cannot be changed. In some cases, this function would be very useful.

  5. When you're done displaying your screen, click the same two square icon again and select from the drop-down menu "Stop the screen.".

    Final report: If there is more than one monitor connected to the computer or laptop, you can switch between them in the same menu. For some reason it is not possible to show the caller two or more screens at the same time.

  6. Once the on-screen demonstration is finished, you can continue the voice or video communication with your interlocutor, or end it by pressing the reset button in one of the Skype windows.
  7. As you can see, it is not difficult to show your screen to anyone in your Skype address book. If you are using an app version lower than 8, see the next part of this article. In addition, we want to point out that it is possible to show the screen to several users in exactly the same way (for example, for a presentation). The interlocutors can be called before or during the communication process, for which there is a separate button in the main dialog window.

Screen sharing in Skype 7 and lower versions

  1. Start the program.
  2. Call your contact.
  3. Open the advanced functions menu. The open button is a plus sign.
  4. Select the item to start the demo.
  5. Now you have to decide if you want to broadcast the entire screen (desktop) or just the window of a specific program or browser. Selection is made using the drop-down list at the top of the window that appears.
  6. Once you've decided on the area you want to broadcast, click the button "Starts".. The transmission will begin.
  7. The emission area is indicated by a red frame. The broadcast settings can be changed at any time. It is also sufficient to click on the "plus" icon as before and select "Change display settings.".
  8. Multiple people can watch the broadcast at the same time. To do this, you have to set up a conference by launching the desired contacts into the conversation with the mouse.
  9. To stop the broadcast, press the same button and select stop the program.


Now you know how to show your screen to your interlocutor in Skype, regardless of the version of the program you have installed on your computer.

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