Often, we need to share the screen for enabling support, collaboration, or some other reasons. Both, Microsoft Skype and Skype for Business make it easy to quickly share your screen during a call via Skype Share Screen option. Here’s how to use it.
How to share Screen on Skype
The built-in feature is useful in many ways. For example, you can share your screen and give your grandpa a quick demo of how you use Skype, so he can start using it too.
Launch the Skype app and select a person from your contact list and hit the Video call or Audio call button to begin the conversation.
Expand the Skype interface to unveil the call actions.
In the bottom-right corner, click the two overlapping squares button.
Or, click the ‘+’ icon visible in the bottom right-hand corner.
Next, choose the Share screen button.
Once you are done with the above steps, the other person would be able to view your screen. You may also notice a yellow line around the screen, indicating the feature is currently enabled.
To stop sharing the screen, simply click the Share screen button again.
How to share Screen on Skype for Business
In Skype for Business, you can either chose to display your entire Windows 10 Desktop or just a program to everyone in a Skype for Business,
- Instant messaging (IM) conversation
Choose the Desktop when you need to switch between programs or work on files from different programs. Likewise, choose a program when you need to present specific programs or files but don’t want people to see anything else on your computer.
To begin, move the cursor over the presentation (monitor) icon. It can be located at the bottom of the conversation window. When found, click it and select the ‘Present’ tab. Then, do one of the following.
To share the content on your Desktop, click Present Desktop.
To share one or more program or file, click Present Programs, and then select the specific program(s) or file(s).
Use the sharing toolbar at the top of the screen to stop sharing or give control to participants. Please note that when you are sharing the screen, your Skype for Business status changes to Presenting, and you won’t receive instant messages or calls.
Skype screen sharing not working
You need to be in a voice or video call with the person you want to share your screen with. If you’re not in a call, you won’t have the option to share screens. Make sure that both of you are using the latest versions of Skype that support screen-sharing. Also, ensure that your connection has good connectivity & bandwidth.
If Share your desktop displays a black screen in Skype for Business, try the following:
To work around this issue, switch to a secondary monitor. To do this, follow these steps:
- Click Stop Sharing on the primary monitor.
- Click Share your desktop, and then select a secondary monitor
You need to be in a voice or video call with the person you want to share your screen with. If you’re not in a call, you won’t have the option to share screens.
Hope this helps!