Screen Share: Start Sharing Screen During Online Meetings

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Screen sharing using the RingCentral App

Video conferencing has now become the norm. In the new landscape of online meetings, webinars and virtual workspaces, online screen share capabilities have begun to play a key role in our day-to-day lives. The most efficient, most collaborative meetings are those in which team members can brainstorm ideas together, provide training, or present and even annotate their own documents in real-time with a live audience.

Employee using the screen share feature in one of their online meetings

What is screen sharing?

Screen sharing essentially allows colleagues or meeting participants to view your desktop screen. An ideal solution for live virtual events, or simple, regular internal team meetings, screen sharing can significantly improve the engagement levels of your meeting participants.

Sharing your screen online means you can showcase presentations, documents, and reports, or train your team on how to navigate a new piece of software. Allowing meeting participants to see your screen, means you don’t have to worry about sending screenshots on complex user documents, or wait for participants to read through lengthy documents, as you can run through your key points, or annotate important take-aways in real-time to your live audience.

Benefits of screen sharing tools

If you have a tool at your fingertips that allows you to share your screen online, the chances are, it will boast a whole host of other benefits as well as simply being a screen sharing tool. At a time when keeping staff engaged and maintaining team productivity is high on the agenda, benefitting from a unified communications tool, with comprehensive collaboration features should be front of mind for every team leader.

Increase collaboration and productivity

Studies have shown that the average worker reportedly wastes 13 days or more in unproductive meetings. An intelligent collaboration tool with web-based screen share capabilities can significantly improve your meeting productivity. Before we were all accustomed to online meeting collaboration, meetings would overrun, and no one could really be sure that participants had prepped effectively for the meeting. 

Now, key information can be relayed in real-time meaning you can make your meetings much more focused events and quickly ensure all your meeting participants are aligned. What’s more, there is less of a need for extensive preparation (although inevitably it’s always helpful) or lengthy summary and follow-up emails. 

Being able to share your screen online means that you can streamline your time, give more detailed information, more in-depth explanations, and more collaborative, visual discussions than would be possible with a simple audio conference call.

Share screen from all your devices

Investing in a collaboration tool with online screen sharing capabilities means your teams can participate in conference calls from an android device, iOS mobile device, smartphone iPad or desktop.

Being able to share your screen from a mobile device means you and every member of your team can participate in your online meeting from wherever they are. If you have colleagues on the move, this can come in handy, and many use this feature for quick meetings on the fly to help colleagues troubleshoot an issue in real-time.

In some cases, depending on the level of technology you choose, you can share content from your iOS device, iPhone, iPad or android via your laptop using screen mirroring. That means your colleagues can help to brainstorm and take notes or view a mobile app you might be discussing in further detail by viewing the hosts’ mobile device screen.

Open your meetings to everyone

Being able to share your screen online means you make your meetings accessible. From your online meeting room, depending on the level of your video conferencing technology, you’ll be able to open your meetings to everyone, whether your hosting an event for external stakeholders or delivering an internal all-hands meeting for your staff.

Not every attendee will want to download an app, so choosing a solution that allows users to access the video conference via their web browsers like Chrome and Mozilla Firefox,  is key to help you engage your attendees and allow them to access your online meetings from anywhere.

How does screen sharing work?

Screen sharing allows a host or an attendee on a conference call to share whatever is on their screen with the other participants on the call. Using RingCentral Video conferencing software, screen sharing is a feature designed to make collaboration quick and easy for its video conference attendees.

For an introduction on how to share your screen using RingCentral Video on your desktop, follow our 3-step outline below:

Step 1

Once you have set up a meeting and you are live on a video conference call, click on the Screen Share button via the meeting controls. For keynote slideshows and presentations, you’ll need to ensure you are sharing your entire screen.

Share screen button in the meeting controls

Step 2

Choose whether you want to share your entire screen, a single application window or a browser tab (such as Chrome or Firefox), then select the ‘Share’ button. Once you are sharing, you can add annotations as you share your screen live simply by clicking on the ‘Annotate’ button.

Select from entire screen, an application or a browser tab to share. And add annotations by clicking the Annotate button.

Step 3

To end your screen sharing session, click the ‘Stop Sharing’ button to end the screen or application sharing.

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If you subscribe to RingCentral’s premium plan, you can have a video conference with up to 200 people. Aside from that, there is no time limit per meeting.

RingCentral Video screen share features for your team

Tailored specifically to empower and enable effective collaborations, RingCentral’s screen share tool boasts a selection of functions that fuel more efficient, productive information sharing and collaborative meetings. The screen share feature also allows participants to benefit from whiteboard brainstorms, document annotations and even allows participants to get a recorded version of their online meetings so that they can revisit the shared content material without extensive note-taking or follow-up emails.

Real-time whiteboards

Easy to use and accessible for all your participants, the virtual whiteboards capabilities significantly help with the efficiency of your online meetings.

The whiteboard feature gives teams the perfect opportunity to put together meeting notes or minutes in real-time, brainstorm for creative ideas or record notes from a live training session.

Seamless screen recording

If you want to share a webinar-style shared screen session, with a recording of your screen tutorial or presentation, the screen recording feature comes in very handy. Recording your online meetings means that your attendees can benefit from access to that recorded meeting content after the live meeting.

Recording your online meetings is also a wise decision, particularly when it comes to informative presentations or training sessions. This can benefit participants who might not have been able to make it to the live virtual session, allowing them to ‘attend’ the meeting in their own time at a later date.

Enable annotations

RingCentral’s annotation tool enables the screen sharing host to annotate, meaning that you can add a text, comment or draw on the shared screen content.

The annotations feature comes in useful for meeting hosts who want to draw attendee’s attention to a particular point in their presentation, or a particular aspect of their desktop, helping to aid simple online meetings, large scale conferences, webinars and training sessions alike.

It is very useful when you want to draw people’s attention to a specific area of your desktop. This will help them follow along with the discussion.

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How to share your screen on iOS and Android

Looking for more in-depth detail on how to share your screen on an Apple operating system across Mac or iOS devices? Want to share your screen from an Android device? Learn more on how to start and stop sharing your screen via your Android as well as how to switch presenter controls to other attendees in your meeting.

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Frequently asked questions
Is screen sharing safe?   
There are several risk factors when it comes to sharing your screen with others, however, most of these can be mitigated if you’ve chosen the right technology.
Not all video conferencing tools are created equal, and some freemium tools may not be well equipped with the high-level security credentials you might expect. If you do your research and invest in a provider that values security, you and your video conferencing participants should be able to benefit from more stringent, trusted security measures.
Keeping in mind that you may share confidential information during your virtual meetings, RingCentral was designed with security at the fore. RingCentral software uses seven layers of security to protect your team member’s and your customer’s data at all times. It also boasts features including firewalls, vulnerability scans and multiple authentication to help protect against cybercrime and abuse.
What software do I need to install in order to share my screen?   
If you’re a business owner or team leader looking to host online meetings and share your screen with participants, you will need to invest in a collaboration tool that allows video conferencing and screen sharing. There are several video conferencing options on the market, many of which offer screen sharing. Be aware that some video conferencing tools only allow a limited number of participants, and some will cap your meeting at a certain time limit to encourage users to upgrade to more costly packages.
It’s wise to invest in a solution that puts a high value on yours and your customer’s security and one which allows you not just to share your screen but also annotate, and chat in real-time.
If you feel your participants or your team members may not want to download an app, be sure to shop around for a software solution that enables access via a web browser. That way, they don’t have to install anything on their device if they don’t want to, and they can access your meetings or events from anywhere.
How can I share only a particular application or portion of my screen?   
If you choose RingCentral as your provider, you will be able to select a specific browser or application to share rather than your entire screen. The solution even allows you to share dual monitor screens should you require. 
During a meeting, simply select the Share Screen button via the menu bar. RingCentral Video will then list the options of all your active windows, so you can pick and choose what you’d like your meeting attendees to see. You can view minimised windows by clicking ‘show all windows’.
If you’re using RingCentral Rooms as well as RingCentral Video, you’ll be able to share a desktop screen when the proximity signal is detected. To do this, simply select the ‘Screen Share’ button and your desktop will be shared on the RingCentral Rooms display.
Is there full-screen when screen-sharing?
Yes, you and your participants will be able to view in full-screen mode when screen sharing.
There are two display modes: Video layout mode and screen sharing layout. In the video layout, your screen will be optimised for desktop-style viewing or video viewing. You can select a full-screen mode by double-clicking on the screen.
In the screen sharing layout, your viewers will automatically be switched to full-screen in order to optimise the document or presentation you’re viewing. To exit the full-screen mode, simply double click the screen or hit Esc.
Can I share a video during a RingCentral Video meeting?      
Just like any other material, you will be able to live stream a video for your meeting participants in the same way you would share a document or PowerPoint presentation. Use the video link in your browser and simply opt to share that browser with your meeting attendees. Play the video link in the same way you would normally and make sure you use the full screen function to ensure the picture is clear for your attendees.
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