Share your screen or desktop with others

You can select yourself or someone else to be the main presenter. You also can share presentations, view photos with other people, or see another person’s screen in a Hangouts video call

Choose the presenter during a Hangout

Usually in Hangouts, the video screen shows the person who’s talking. But you can set up your Hangout so the audience will see just the person who's presenting. 

  1. Open a Hangouts video call.
  2. Click the drop-down menu on the photo thumbnail of the person you want to have present.
  3. Click Present to everyone.

The other person will see a green bar at the top of their screen saying they’re presenting to everyone. If the person wants to stop presenting, they can click Stop. To screenshare, the other person needs to click Start screenshare.

For Google Apps users, anyone who joins the Hangout using g.co/present/ will automatically join in present-to-everyone mode.

Each person in the Hangout can choose to view another person in the call instead of the presenter too. You can see who is presenting to everyone by looking for the present-to-everyone icon on their thumbnail. To switch to view another person, click the other person's photo thumbnail.

Share what’s on your screen

You can let other people see what’s on your computer screen with the Screenshare app. For example, you can show a slideshow of your latest vacation photos.

Share your screen

  1. Open a Hangouts video call.
  2. Place your mouse by the left side of the video call window, and a bar with various app icons will appear.
  3. Click Screenshare  .
  4. Choose your desktop or choose the window you want to share.
  5. Click Start Screenshare.

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

Access someone else’s computer

Other people can grant you access to their computers through the Remote Desktop app. For example, if a friend is having a computer problem, they can give you access so you can help fix it.

Turn on the Remote Desktop app

  1. Open a Hangouts video call.
  2. Place your mouse by the left side of the video call window, and a bar with various app icons will appear.
  3. Click the Remote Desktop icon .
  4. The other participant will get a message asking to allow you to remotely access their machine. The recipient needs to click Accept.

To stop using the remote desktop app, click the icon .

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