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4 "All Too Common" Screen Sharing DON’Ts You Should Avoid

Steer clear of these 4 screen sharing faux pas during your online meetings.

Screen sharing is a useful tool for virtual meetings and presentations, but, like most things in life, it also has its own dos and don’ts. Here are our 4 top DO NOTs for screen sharing.

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#1 DON’T share your screen before you’ve prepared your screen.

Nobody wants to sit and wait while you search through your downloaded files and reset your forgotten passwords. Before you start your online meeting, it’s a good idea to have all materials, documents, and programs open and readily accessible to share with your participants.

#2 DON’T keep unnecessary tabs and programs open during your screen sharing session.

Having too many programs open on your computer can make it difficult to find what you’re looking for when holding a presentation. Prior to sharing your screen, close any unnecessary tabs and applications.

#3 DON’T forget to disable pop-ups and outside notifications.

The last thing you want when sharing your screen is for an obnoxious ad to start playing. Make sure to go into your browser settings and disable pop-up ads, as well as any other notifications which may cause a distraction during your screen sharing presentation. Also, disable incoming calls on any VoIP phone systems that you may have on your computer. This way, you don’t get a web call from mom during your business presentation — oops!

#4 DON’T forget you’re [still] sharing your screen!

Very important! So long as you’re sharing your screen, other participants can see everything you do—EVERYTHING YOU DO— on your computer (I think you know where we’re going with this). Save yourself from potentially awkward or embarrassing situations by turning off screen sharing before straying onto other programs and websites.

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If you have questions or run into any difficulties while using’s free screen sharing feature, feel free to shoot us an email here. Our friendly Customer Support is always happy to help!

You can also find useful articles explaining how to use our screen sharing feature on our support page.

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