Sharing a Mac screen via Live Meeting

For those of you using a Mac in a largely Windows-based company, you may have times where you need to present content on your Mac from a PC running Live Meeting.

One fairly simple way to achieve this is by enabling Screen Sharing via System Preferences:

Once Screen Sharing is enabled, you can run UltraVNC on your PC to connect to your Mac using the URL shown in the Screen Sharing window.

Now in Live Meeting, share your Desktop (or just share the UltraVNC window).

Note: it is also possible to do this from inside a virtual machine on your Mac using VMWare Fusion or Parallels. However, the Mac Screen Sharing feature will share all of your screens, including the one where VMWare is running, meaning once you get VNC running in your virtual machine, you will want to use Cmd-H to immediately hide the virtual machine or get an infinitely recursing window tunnel!

Alternatively, Simon Guest informs me that RealVNC Server for the Mac will let you specify which monitor is shared. You would want to use RealVNC Server in place of Mac Screen Sharing if you are going to try it this way. (You’ll get errors trying to use both on the same Mac as they would both be trying to use the same ports.

If you are doing this using a separate PC talking to your Mac, don’t forget you are simply sharing your Mac screen, so the Mac keyboard and mouse can be used to control the action, making it more responsive than trying to use the PC keyboard and mouse via VNC.

You can download UltraVNC here:

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