Office 365 (Skype for Business) - Share Your Desktop or a Program

You can show your entire desktop or just a program to everyone in a Skype for Business meeting, call, or instant messaging (IM) conversation.

Keep in mind that you need to be a presenter in a Skype for Business Meeting to share your screen. If the option is grayed out, ask one of the presenters to give you presenter access.

  • Share your desktop when you need to switch between multiple programs, or work on files from different programs.

  • Share a program when you need to present specific programs or files and don’t want people to see anything else on your computer.

Share your desktop, program, or a whiteboard

  1. At the bottom of the conversation window, point to the presentation (monitor) icon.

Options on the Present tab

2. On the Present tab, do one of the following:

  • To share the content on your desktop, click Present Desktop. If you have more than one monitor, they all display on the Present tab, and you can choose which one to share. When you share All Monitors, the sharing toolbar opens on your primary monitor. 

    Note: When sharing your desktop, everyone in the meeting can see your programs, files, and notifications. If you have confidential information or files that you don’t want people to see, close them or use program sharing instead.

Screenshot of primary, secondary and all monitor under the present tab

  • To share one or more programs or files, click Present Programs, and then select the specific program(s) or file(s).

  • To share a PowerPoint file, click Present PowerPont Files

3. On the sharing toolbar, on top of the screen, use any of these options:

  • Click Stop Presenting when you are done sharing your screen.
  • Click Give Control to share control of your desktop or program with the participants.

sharing toolbar

  • Click the blue pin to hide the toolbar and have more space. To un-hide the toolbar, move your mouse to the top of the screen. When the sharing toolbar appears, use any of the controls you need or click the pin again to keep the toolbar visible.

Note: While you are sharing, your Skype status changes to Presenting, and you won’t receive instant messages or calls. If you want a meeting attendee to share their screen, give them presenter access, so they can use the controls.

Presenting a PowerPoint slide show--in a multiple monitors scenario

You can present a PowerPoint slide show while taking advantage of multiple monitors.

If you are in a classroom / conference room, and you want to display the slide show using a projector or large screen device, then present to the secondary monitor. Your PowerPoint slide show will appear on the big screen for the people in the room and on the presentation stage for the people on Skype. And on your laptop, you'll see the presenter view that shows the current slide, your presenter notes, and a preview of the next slide--visible to only you.

If you are presenting a PowerPoint slide show using Skype from your office, and you have multiple monitors, you can present to your secondary monitor and still see your presenter notes view on your primary monitor.

PowerPoint Multi Monitors

Either way, the instructions are the same:

1.Open your PowerPoint deck on your primary monitor (or laptop if you are in a classroom / conference room).

2.From Skype for Business, click the Present icon.

3.Choose Secondary Monitor.

 Present Window

Give and take control of a sharing session
If you want another meeting participant to change a file, help you present, or demonstrate something, you can grant control to that person. You will both be in control of the sharing, and you can take back control anytime.

1. On the sharing toolbar, click Give Control.

2. Select the name of the person you want to give control to. Skype sends a notification to that person to let them know you’re sharing control.

3. To take control back, click Give Control again, and then click Take Back Control.

Note: You can allow people to automatically take control of your sharing session at any time, by clicking Give Control Automatically on the sharing toolbar. We recommend you choose this option only in small and casual meetings. To take back automatic permission, click Give Control, and clear the Give Control Automatically check box.

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Keywords:screen lync sharing session PowerPoint whiteboard white board Microsoft microsoft MS ms screen sharing present   Doc ID:50882
Owner:Sara S.Group:Parkland College
Created:2015-04-27 16:30 CDTUpdated:2019-04-24 10:14 CDT
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