Participating in a desktop sharing session - Communicator Web Access

If somebody shares his or her computer desktop with you, you and anyone else taking part in the desktop sharing session can see everything that happens on that person’s computer. In addition, the person who started the desktop sharing session can share control of his or her computer with other participants so that you can use your mouse and keyboard to operate that person’s computer remotely.

Accepting (or declining) a desktop sharing invitation

There are three ways that you can be invited to a desktop sharing session:

  • You might receive an alert inviting you to join a desktop sharing session. Click the X (Close) button to decline the invitation; click anywhere else on the alert to join the session.

  • An invitation might appear in your Conversation window during an IM session. Click the X button to decline the invitation; click anywhere else on the invitation to join the desktop sharing session.

  • You might receive a URL in an e-mail message or instant message. If you copy the URL and paste it into your Web browser, a conference sign-in page is displayed, from which you can join the desktop sharing session.

Taking control of a shared desktop

If the owner of the shared desktop shares control, you can take control of the desktop at any time, even if someone else is currently doing something (such as typing data) into an application that is running on that desktop.

  • In the desktop sharing window click Request Control. If the button is unavailable, the owner of the desktop is not sharing control.

Replacing a shared desktop with your own desktop

Only one desktop can be shared at a time. If you are running Microsoft Windows and a supported Web browser, you can replace a shared desktop with your desktop so that session participants will then be viewing your desktop.

  • In the Conversation window, click Share My Desktop.

See also

Share your desktop - Communicator Web Access

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