Share a desktop

You can share your desktop with your contacts at any time during a conversation. For example, if you have a presentation slide deck or a document that you want to present to your contacts, you can start a desktop sharing session right from your conversation window. When you share your desktop, other users who are invited to take part in the desktop sharing session can view all the tasks that you are performing on the shared screen.

Do any of the following:

Share your desktop

  1. In the conversation window, click  Share content, and then click Desktop.

    The desktop sharing window opens, and a highlighted frame appears around your entire desktop to indicate that the desktop is currently visible to other participants.

    Note    To invite other contacts to the desktop sharing session, click  More Options, click Invite by Name or Phone Number, and then select a contact.

  2. In the participant's conversation window, the Desktop sharing invitation message appears.

    The participant clicks either Accept to join the desktop sharing session or Decline to decline the desktop sharing invitation.

Stop desktop sharing

  • In the desktop sharing window, click the Desktop Sharing pop-up menu, point to the desktop that you want to stop sharing, and then click Stop Sharing.

Accept or decline a desktop sharing invitation

  • If you see the desktop sharing invitation in the conversation window, click Join to join the desktop sharing session, or click Ignore to decline the desktop sharing invitation.

Replace a shared desktop with your own desktop

Only one desktop can be shared at a time. You can replace a shared desktop with your desktop so that session participants can then view your desktop.

  • In the desktop sharing window, click the Desktop Sharing pop-up menu, and then click Share New Desktop.

    Note   If you have already started sharing your desktop during this session, you can click the Desktop Sharing pop-up menu, point to your desktop, and then click Share Now.

Take control of a shared desktop

Important   This feature is available on Lync for Mac only if the desktop sharing session is initiated from a Windows-based computer.

You can request control of a shared desktop at any time if the sharer allows participants to request control.

  • In the desktop sharing window, click the Desktop Sharing pop-up menu, point to the current desktop, and the click Request Control.

See also

Participate in an online PowerPoint presentation

Transfer a file

Applies To: Lync for Mac 2011



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