Screen Sharing and Sending Files

Screen Sharing and Sending Files

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.