Screen Sharing and Sending Files

With Skype screen sharing is possible. Also with Skype sending files is possible. Learn how to do both in this free lesson.

Sharing on Skype

There are many other ways to share with your contacts on Skype. One example is screen sharing, a feature that lets you share live video of what's on your computer screen, such as a website or another type of software you're using. This is a great way to demonstrate how to do something or to show another person what you're working on.

Another example is sending files to your contacts. This feature lets you share many types of files, including documents, photos, presentations, and other things you may have saved to your computer.

To share your screen:

  1. During any video or voice call, click the plus button (+), then select Share screens...
    beginning a screen share within skype
  2. A preview of your screen will appear. Select Share Screen to continue.
    confirming the screen share
  3. The other person will be able to see live video of what's on your screen, including your desktop and any programs you may have open.
  4. To stop sharing your screen, click the plus button (+), then select Stop sharing.
    stopping a screen share

Remember, screen sharing lets the other person see your entire desktop, so make sure you don't have anything open that you wouldn't want someone to see.

To send files on Skype:

  1. During any call or IM, select the Share Files button in the message box.
    sending a file over skype
  2. Locate and select the file you want to send, then click Open. locating a file to share
  3. The file will appear in the message history. Your contact can then download the file.
    the shared file in the message history

Your contacts can send files to you in the same way. While it's not likely, it's important to note that files sent over Skype could contain viruses and other malware. To keep your computer safe, you should not open any files you weren't expecting. If a contact sends a file that seems suspicious, you should call or IM that person to confirm it was meant for you.