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Google Hangouts: Screenshare


  • Show your presentations:  Having a meeting with colleagues or holding a student consultation via a video call, with screenshare you can instantly share your computer screen and show the presentation you have for them. 
  • Helping others (guiding them):  It will allow you to explain with relative ease how to use or navigate a particular website or database.  Merely share the screen you want to explain and step them through the process one step at a time.
  • Share your pictures:  You are engaged in a video call, disscusing a recent archeology dig, or your trip to the Smithsonian.  Now your colleague is asking you to send pictures (but those are too big in size so will take time to upload).  Share them through screen share in real time and no need to upload them to an e-mail.  
  • Show Movies: You are watching training movie or webinar, now you have an option to let the other person watch the movie as well

Screenshare Tutorial

How To:

Share your screen or desktop with others

You can share photos or get help with a technical issue when you share your screen or desktop with other people during a Hangout.

Screenshare app

You can let other people see what’s on your computer screen by using the Screenshare app. For example, if there's a picture open on your computer screen, other video call participants can see it without having to download anything.

Share your screen

  1. Hover over the left side of the video call window, and a bar with various app icons will appear.
  2. Click  Screenshare on the left side of your screen.
  3. In the window that appears, choose your desktop or choose the window you want to share.
  4. Click Start Screenshare.

You can stop sharing your screen at any time by clicking Screenshare again.

Remote Desktop app

You can access other people's computers (with their permission, of course) to see their programs with the Remote Desktop app. For example, if your friend is having computer problems and you're a computer expert, then you can remotely access your friend's desktop to help fix the problem.

Enable the Remote Desktop app

  1. Hover over the left side of the video call window, and a bar with various app icons will appear.
  2. Click the  Remote Desktop app.
  3. The other participant will get a notification asking whether to allow remote access. The recipient must click Accept before you can remotely access the person's desktop.

You can stop using the remote desktop app by clicking Remote Desktop again.