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How to Share Screen on Video Conferencing Platforms

Video conferencing has become an essential tool with the current trend of remote work and distance learning. Sharing your screen is one of the most useful features on video conferencing platforms to conduct presentations, teach classes, and collaborate effectively with colleagues.

In this article, we'll explore how to share screens on Zoom, SpatialChat, and Google Meet.

What is Share Screen?

A share screen feature allows participants in a video conference to show their computer screen to others. This can be used for many purposes, such as showing a PowerPoint presentation, displaying an online document or web page, demonstrating software, or teaching a lesson. It's also useful for sharing information quickly with team members for collaborative projects.

One of the most popular features is multi-screen share - the ability to share and view multiple screens at once.

How to use Screen Share on Zoom

Zoom is an all-in-one platform for meetings and video conferencing explicitly designed for business users. It offers screen functionality that can be used by anyone participating in the meeting.

To start sharing your computer screen, for example on mac, with other participants:

  • Select "Share Screen" from the screen Zoom application menu bar;
  • Select what area of your display you would like to share (entire desktop or select application window);
  • Click "Share." Your shared content will be visible to all participants in the meeting;
  • To stop sharing screen, click "Stop Sharing" in the same menu bar.

You can also expand the Zoom screen: when hosting a meeting, the user should click on the + icon located at the top right of their screen and select ‘Side-by-side Mode’. Two video panels will appear as a result, each one featuring the speaker and their video feed.

If there are more participants in the meeting, users can keep adding new screens until all of them are visible.

One popular issue is when someone experiences an unexpected error while sharing their screen on Zoom. This issue can be caused by a number of different issues, including:

  • connection stability,
  • system compatibility,
  • outdated software versions.

To avoid this problem, it is important to make sure you have adequate internet connection speeds, your operating system is compatible with Zoom, and you are running the latest version of the application.

How to use Share Screen on SpatialChat

SpatialChat is an online chat platform that offers audio/video calls and file-sharing features alongside its text chat capabilities. It can be integrated well with Miro and Google Docs, thus being a great solution for remote teams, online classes, and poster sessions looking for easy collaboration tools.

To enable screen sharing on SpatialChat with other participants:

  • Access the audio/video call window from SpatialChat’s main dashboard;
  • Select the "Screen Share" button from the bottom right corner of the call window;
  • Select what area of your display you would like to share (entire desktop or select application window);
  • Click ‘Share’ and everyone will be able to see what exactly you are sharing.

SpatialChat is one of the best platforms for multi-screen sharing allowing users to simultaneously view and edit documents from different devices in real-time.

This platform provides an intuitive user experience with features such as:

  • drag and drop file sharing,
  • share multiple screens simultaneously (useful if you need to show multiple browser tabs at once),
  • integrated chat messaging,
  • Miro and Google integration,
  • iFrame embed, and more.

This makes it easy to work together or review a project no matter where everyone is located.

It’s perfect for teams to discuss ideas or projects, as well as individuals who need to present a project to a group of people in different locations.

How to use Share Screen on Google Meet

Google Meet is Google's enterprise-grade video calling solution that comes standard with G Suite accounts but may also be used by anyone with a regular Google account.

To allow screen sharing on Google Meet:

  • Click "More Options" within the Google Meet interface (in the bottom right corner) and then select "Share Screen";
  • Select what area of your display you would like to share (entire desktop or select application window);
  • Click 'Share' and everyone will be able to see what you're sharing;
  • To stop sharing, click "Stop Sharing" within Google Meet.

The inability to share screen in Google Meet is a common issue that can be very frustrating. This problem occurs when the host of the meeting does not have permission to share their screen with other participants.

This can happen for various reasons, such as if the host has multiple accounts active or if they haven't enabled sharing from their Google settings. Additionally, there are sometimes technical issues that prevent the host from successfully initiating a screen share.

There are ways to troubleshoot and solve these issues. The first step is to make sure all accounts are logged out, except for one and check that sharing is allowed in settings. If this doesn’t work, restarting your computer may help resolve any underlying technical problems. Lastly, you can always reach out to Google support if you continue to experience difficulties.

Using these simple steps, you can easily share your screens during video conferences using popular platforms like Zoom, SpatialChat, and Google Meet.

They allow teams to work remotely around the world and collaborate more efficiently while staying connected!

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