How to share your computer screen using Skype

When I’m trying to talk a client through a task it always helps if I can either see what they’re looking at on their screen or they can see what’s on mine so I can show them what to do. A really easy way to do this is to use the free screen-sharing facility on Skype.

Share your computer screen on SkypeWhat’s Skype?

If you’ve never used Skype then go and open an account now because you’ll be a rubbish VA without it.

It’s basically a free way to call or message anyone else with a Skype account anywhere in the world.

You can use it as an app on your phone and you can even pay £11 per quarter for a Skype number to use instead of giving out your landline number to clients. I have one for my CV business which I put on my business expenses.

Skype comes with other features such as the ability to send files whilst in call and the ability to share your screen.

This is a VERY useful tool for a Virtual Assistant!

Tip: Don’t use the Skype app that comes with Windows 8 but download it from the Skype website instead. The Windows version is a complete ball-ache to use and you’ll thank me for it later.

How to share your computer screen on Skype

  1. Open up your Skype account
  2. Call your client
  3. When in call click the big + symbol on the talk screen
  4. Click ‘Share Screens…’ as per the screenshot
  5. Click Start Sharing
  6. Give it a few seconds

BOOM! Your client can now see your screen.

You can then talk them through systems and spreadsheets and all kinds of other virtual assistance wizardry.

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