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Sharing Your Screen On A Video Call

This article describes how-to do a screen share during a video call, using Zimbra Connect Pro. Screen shares can be useful on a variety of occasions, especially when you need one or more others at a remote location to see what you are seeing on your computer, or for group collaboration purposes.

What You Will Need

If you want to share your computer's screen with others:

If you want to see someone else's shared computer screen:

Getting Started

Step 1.) Start a video call using Zimbra Connect Pro with one or more call participants.

Step 2.) From within the video stream image of you, click the white screen share icon, as shown in the screen shot below.

Selecting the screen sharing icon in a video call.

Step 3.) You will see a prompt similar to one of the screen shots below, asking for your permission to share your screen. Select if you want to share your screen for a specific app that you have running, or your entire screen, then click the "Allow" or "Share" button. If your computer has multiple monitors, you will be prompted to select which monitor you wish to share.

A Firefox web browser prompt asking permission to share your screen.
A Chrome web browser prompt asking permission to share your screen.

Step 4.) The video stream of you that normally appears in the lower left corner during a video call will be replaced with the app or monitor that you have selected to share. All other participants on the video call will now see the app or monitor that you are sharing instead of a video stream of you. When you wish to discontinue the screen share, click on the same white screen share icon that you clicked on in step 2. The screen share will be switched off and restored to a video stream of you.

Tip # 1.) If you are a participant in a video call with 2 or more people, your screen share may initially appear to others on the call in a small size that is difficult to see. If so, ask others on the call to click on your screen share image. This will enlarge your screen share on the other call participant's screens to a much larger size, making it easier to view.

Tip # 2.) If you have a large computer monitor and you opt to share your entire screen, others on a video call may find it difficult to see details on your screen clearly. If possible, consider screen sharing a specific app that you have open on your computer, rather than the entire screen. This will allow Zimbra Connect Pro to zoom in on the app, potentially making it easier for others on the call to more easily view details.