When you activate screen sharing on Skype, the person on the other end of your chat can see what's happening on your computer screen. With a normal Skype account, you can screen share during a voice call. If you want to screen share during a video call, you need a Skype Premium account. Whether the video you want to share is on your hard drive or online, you can share it while chatting on Skype.

Step 1

Highlight the name of the contact you want to call from your contact list. Click "Call" or "Video Call" to start a chat.

Step 2

Click the plus icon when the call is connected, and then click "Share Screens."

Step 3

Start playing the video you want to share, and then click the down arrow icon on Skype. Click "Share Window."

Step 4

Click the image of the window playing the video, and then click "Start."

Warnings

  • You can only use screen sharing via the Skype desktop program. There is no screen sharing option in the Windows 8 app as of February 2014.

Tips

  • Always upgrade to the latest version of Skype before screen sharing.

  • To stop screen sharing, click "Stop" in the call window.

  • With Skype Premium, you can screen share with a group of people.

  • Your computer should have at least a 1 GHz CPU and 512MB of memory to screen share on Skype.