Screen Sharing and Sending Files

Screen Sharing and Sending Files

Sharing with your contacts on Skype

Video: Screen and file sharing with Skype

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There are two additional ways to communicate with your contacts on Skype. The first is screen sharing, a feature that lets you share live video of what's on your computer screen, such as a website or the software you're using. It's a great way to demonstrate how to do something or show another person what you're working on.

The second is sending files to your contacts. This feature lets you share any size or type of file, including documents, photos, presentations, and other things you have saved to your computer.

To share your screen:

  1. Make a voice call or video call to one of your contacts, click the + button in the call window, then choose Share screens.
    Screenshot of SkypeThe screen sharing button
  2. 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. Below is an example of what it will look like from your contact's point of view.
    Screen sharing in actionScreen sharing in action
  3. To stop sharing your screen, click the Stop sharing button.
    Screenshot of SkypeEnding the screen sharing
  4. Click the End Call button when you're ready to hang up.

Screen safety tips

Man looking at laptop with surprised expression

Would you feel comfortable checking your bank account online while a coworker looked over your shoulder? Probably not. It's a good idea to think of screen sharing the same way. Basically, screen sharing lets the other person see your entire desktop, plus anything else you have open. This can include your bank account, your email—even photos or websites you don't want other people to see. To keep your information private, always follow these safety tips.

To send files on Skype:

  1. Click the person you want to send a file to on the Contacts tab.
  2. The contact's information will open in a pane on the right. Click the paperclip, then choose Send file.
    Screenshot of SkypeSending a file
  3. Select the file you want to send. You may need to navigate to where it's saved on your computer. To select multiple files, press and hold Ctrl on your keyboard while you select each file.


    Screenshot of SkypeChoosing a file to send
  4. The other person will receive the file and decide whether or not to download it. If the contact is offline, he or she will receive the file after signing in. The sent file will appear in your history.
    Screenshot of SkypeConfirmation of a sent file

You can also send files during a call. All you have to do is click the + button in the call window, then choose Send File.

Screenshot of SkypeSending a file during a call

Receiving files

Your contacts can also send you files over Skype. Files will appear in your history, and you can double-click to open a file.

Screenshot of Skype

Opening a saved file

While it's not very likely, it's important to note that files sent to you over Skype could contain viruses and other malware. This is why it's important to be careful when opening files and to always follow these precautions:

To learn more about keeping your computer safe from viruses, review our lesson on Protecting Your Computer from Internet Threats from our Internet Safety tutorial.