How to Share a Screen on Skype
Skype is a communication platform that was originally developed in 2003. At first, it went by the name “Sky Peer-to-Peer” but this later evolved to Skyper and finally Skype. You may be under the impression that Skype is an American company, but it was actually founded by Janus Friis of Denmark and Niklas Zennstrom of Sweden. It was first acquired by an American company when eBay bought it for $2.5 billion in 2005. It was later acquired by Microsoft in 2011 for $8.5 billion. Microsoft scrapped two of its own programs, Lync and Windows Live Messenger, in favor of Skype. It is estimated that Skype has more than 300 million active users worldwide.
Skype allows users to communicate with others from various devices including desktop computers, mobile devices, Xbox, wearable tech, and tablets. Skype for Desktop is available for Mac OS X, Windows, and Linux computers. Compatible mobile devices include Windows 10 Mobile, Android, and iPhone. The mobile app has been downloaded more than one-billion times now. If you have a Kindle Fire, Windows, iPad, or Android tablet, you can also download Skype.
Skype allows for a number of different modes of communication. You can use Skype to make calls as well as video chat. You can also use it to send instant messages, video messages, and voice messages. One of the many useful features that Skype offers is the ability to share your screen.
Why Would You Want to Share a Screen
Sharing a screen can come in handy for many reasons, both for work as well as for personal reasons. Here are a few examples.
- You are giving a virtual presentation and want to share your PowerPoint from your computer screen.
- You are collaborating on a project for school but don’t have time to meet up outside of class. Sharing your screen from home is a good option for everyone to make sure they are on the same page.
- You work in a remote position and want to go over documents or projects with staff during a video conference call.
- You’re in a long-distance relationship and want to watch a move on Netflix or Hulu “together.”
- You offer virtual tutoring and want to work through text or a problem together from one screen.
How to Share Your Screen on Skype
Sharing your screen on Skype is easy! First, you’ll need to get Skype on your phone, computer, or tablet. Go to Skype.com or download the Skype app in the app store on your phone or tablet. Select the appropriate device, and click Download Skype. Once it is installed, go ahead and launch Skype.
Next, you’ll create a free account for Skype. In the Skype sign-in window, click “Create new account.” Follow the prompts to create your Skype account, including coming up with a unique username for yourself. Once your Skype account has been created, go ahead and sign in to Skype.
Next, you’ll want to start a voice or video call with a person or group in Skype. To do this, you’ll need to select the desired contact. You can add contacts by clicking the “add contact” button under Contacts, and then searching by Skype username or email address. To make a call, select the desired contact and select the audio or video call button. The audio call option looks like a telephone receiver and the video call option looks like a camcorder. To make a group call, select “New Call,” and add all of the participants who you want to partake in the call.
Once you’ve started the call, you’ll have the ability to share your screen. To do so, click the plus icon in the call bar. You’ll be presented with several choices, including Share Screen. If you have more than one screen, you’ll be able to select which screen you wish to share. A Share Screen dropdown will give you further options, including the ability to share your full screen or just one specific window on your screen. Once you’ve made your decision, click “Start” to begin screen sharing. Once you’ve finished sharing your screen, just select “Stop Sharing” and other people on the call will no longer to be able to see your screen.
Other Skype Features
As mentioned previously, Skype offers many useful features beyond just screen sharing. These features make it a great choice for personal relationships as well as professional communications.
- Free phone calls to other Skype users
- Calls to mobile phones and landlines for a low price (by purchasing Skype credits)
- Group phone calls with up to 25 people at once
- A professional Skype phone number that you can use for business purposes
- The ability to link Skype to your personal phone number so friends and family can contact you when you are abroad
- Call forwarding to a landline or cell phone if you are offline or unable to answer your Skype call
- Caller ID
- International calling
- Video chatting with up to 10 videos shared in a single call
- Group video calls
- Text messaging
- Video messaging
- Instant messaging
- Voice messaging
- File sharing
- Sharing of contacts
- Skype translator for voice and video calls as well as instant messaging
Skype for Business
If you want to use Skype for professional purposes, you may be interested in Skype for Business. Skype for Business is available as part of Office 365 from Microsoft. You can utilize Skype for Business for all of your business meetings. You can schedule a meeting via your Microsoft Outlook Calendar and get a personalized link for people to easily join the meeting at the appointed date and time. There’s no need for anyone to take meeting minutes since you’ll have the ability to record your meetings. Share your screen and collaborate with up to 250 people at once. Upload a Powerpoint to your meeting and use the Whiteboard feature for group drafting and editing purposes. You’ll also easily be able to take quick polls and run a Question and Answer session.