OS X Lion: Share your screen with other computer users

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Share your screen with other computer users

You can set up your computer to allow others to view your screen and control your computer. While your screen is shared with another computer, a user of the other computer sees what’s on your screen and can open, move, and close files and windows, open applications, and even restart the computer.

  1. Choose Apple menu > System Preferences, and then click Sharing.
  2. Select the Screen Sharing checkbox.
  3. To specify who can share your screen, select one of the following:
    Option Description
    All users: Select this if you want to allow any user with a user account on your computer to share your screen.
    Only these users: Select this if you want to restrict screen sharing to specific users.

    Click Add (+) at the bottom of the Users list and select a user from Users & Groups (accounts you have set up in Users & Groups preferences), Network Users (users on your network), or your Address Book. Or click New Person and enter a name and password to create a sharing account. Then select that user from the list, and then click Select.

  4. Click Computer Settings and set the following options:
    Option Description
    Anyone may request permission to control screen: Select this to allow anyone on your network to request to share your screen.
    VNC viewers may control screen with password: Select this and enter a password that VNC viewer applications can enter in order to control your screen.

    It’s recommended that you not set a password if you only share this computer’s screen using the built-in screen sharing viewer in Mac OS X.

Last Modified: Oct 30, 2013

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