Have you ever been in the position of wanting to show someone something on your computer? No?! How about this? Have you ever tried to give someone step by step directions about how to use a particular software? I bet you have. Well, sharing your computer screen or having someone share their screen with you is a very effective way of teaching or giving tutorials.
Below, I have compiled a list of software that can be used to easily screen-share. Most of the ones that I am presenting here are either free or free to use for a limited time period. They are in no specific order and my hope is that you will let us know about the ones that do not work very well for you. Most of them require no additional software download to run their application. However, the ones that require software download to run will have a link that says “visit and download”. The ones that require no additional software download will be marked with a “visit” link.
Quick Screen Share
Quick Screen Share is my pick for number one. Very simple to use and it works really well. No nonsense approach. Just add your name and select whether you want to share your screen or view another’s screen. To top things off there is no need to download any additional software to your computer.[visit]
ScreenLeap is very similar to Quick Screen Share, however, you can only share your screen. Therefore, if grandma wants help with her computer you will have to point her to that website address and she will have to share her screen with you.[visit]
I like TeamViewer and I highly recommend it for personal use if you frequently help people out with their computers and you actually need remote control of their devices. TeamViewer also has Apps for Androids and IOS powered devices and it is totally free for personal use. If you have a business and you offer tutorials or product demonstrations over the web you will want to use this application. [visit]
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Yugma offers much more than just screen sharing. Actually, Yugma is a very powerful web meeting software that has the ability to do screen-sharing. Therefore, you can host and join webinars with this software. The screenshare option is free for 1 viewer and limited to 60 minutes.So, if you are showing something that will take more than 60 minutes and you want to do it for free, then this software is not what you are looking for currently. However, should you decide that you need more time, you can upgrade at any time without even leaving the meeting. [visit]
Maybe the most popular and widely used application on this list. Very few people use skype beyond the regular IM, video chat and the VOIP calls. Yes, you can also use Skype to share your screen for free and send files. Also, Skype is one of those apps that falls under a category I call “omnipresent apps, ” as they seem to be everywhere. [visit and download]
Webex allows you to have meetings online. As a part of the many tools that are included in the software, you can share your screen with up to 3 people for free.[visit]
Have you ever used any of the above applications? What do you think?