How to Use Skype to Connect With Someone's Computer

By Diana Braun

Share your desktop with friends and family for free using Skype.
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Skype is an application that allows you to call, IM and video conference with family, friends and co-workers all from the convenience of your computer for free. You can even share your computer with a person of your choice by simply calling them and granting them access to your desktop. Sometimes it's difficult to describe and share with someone what you are seeing on your screen. The person you are sharing your screen with can see exactly what you see and you can continue talking via Skype.

Step 1

Launch Skype. Click "Start" from the system tray located at the bottom of the desktop. Click "All Programs" and click "Skype" from the application list.

Step 2

Login to your Skype account using your username and password.

Step 3

Click the person's name under "Contacts" in the left pane to select them.

Step 4

Click the "Call" button in the right pane to call the person.

Step 5

Click "Share" and then click "Share Your Screen" in the conversations window. You have the option of sharing your full screen or just part of the screen.