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Screen sharing with a remote computer

From: Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

Video: Screen sharing with a remote computer

Like the previous version of MacOS X, Lion has a Screen Sharing future built in, which is incredibly useful. Let's take a look at how it looks. I will open a new Finder window and there's my buddy Ian outside the booth and I'm going to share his screen. So I click on Share Screen and I will enter my name and password for that computer, I have an account on that computer. Click Connect. Now we have two options here. One is ask to share the display.

Screen sharing with a remote computer

Like the previous version of MacOS X, Lion has a Screen Sharing future built in, which is incredibly useful. Let's take a look at how it looks. I will open a new Finder window and there's my buddy Ian outside the booth and I'm going to share his screen. So I click on Share Screen and I will enter my name and password for that computer, I have an account on that computer. Click Connect. Now we have two options here. One is ask to share the display.

That means that I can go into Ian's account and look at what he's doing. The other option is I can connect to a virtual display and this means that if I have an account on that computer I can log into my own account even though Ian is using his account. Let's look at the first option. This is asking Ian permission, if I can look at his display, and sure enough he granted that permission, because this is his display. Now by default I am controlling this display. So I am going to go over to the Apple menu, choose System Preferences. Again I am doing this, not Ian.

Look in Users & Groups and here is Ian's name. That indicates that he is the user that's currently logged into this computer. He's the admin. My account is here, but it's not active right now. So I will close this out. So again, I am controlling his computer. However, I can just observe what he's doing and I will do that by going to View > Switch to Observe Mode and say Ian, why don't you do something on your Computer. So now Ian is in control, I am just watching what he's doing, and he is launching Photo Booth.

That's a really attractive look, but I'm going to take over control of that computer again. It was great to watch but now I'm back in charge. So again I can launch things if I like and be in complete control of this computer. Now I am going to quite Screen Sharing to show you another feature. Yes I really do want to quit. Now I am going to launch Screen Sharing yet again. I will enter my username on that computer and my password. Now note if I didn't have an account on that computer, I can still get in but what I have to do is enable the By asking for permission option. This would then send a message to Ian saying, do you mind if Chris shares your computer screen? He would then grant permission and even though I don't have an account on that machine, I could then screen share with him.

But in this case I do have an account, I click on Connect and now I will select the second option, Connect to a virtual display. What happens here is I am presented with a login screen because my account is not yet logged-in on that computer. I select my name, enter my password, press Return. And now I am logged into my account. As you could see the desktop is different than it was before. And this is my account and I can prove that by going to the Apple menu > System Preferences > Users & Groups and you will see here that I'm now the admin of this computer.

My name is first. That indicates that I'm in my account. Next down is Ian and you can see that he is in his account as well because you see little orange circle with a checkmark next to it indicating that he's logged into his account. So at this moment we are both using the same computer working in our separate environments. I will close this. So what good is this? Well that's a lot of fun for example, but it's one-way sharing of resources of a single computer. So if you have one computer that two people normally work at you don't have to force one-person to log out, so another person can use it remotely.

In this case I can be at home, Ian can be somewhere, he can be working on the computer at one point. I can then log into my account and I can work on that same computer if I need to. I think that this is really cool feature and something that people are going to find really valuable. So I will quit Screen Sharing. Quit, really quit, close this window, and there's your look at Screen Sharing under Lion.

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Mac OS X Lion Essential Training

72 video lessons · 31247 viewers

Christopher Breen
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  1. 1m 26s
    1. Welcome
      53s
    2. Using the exercise files
      33s
  2. 4m 42s
    1. Installing Lion
      4m 42s
  3. 44m 44s
    1. Touring the Finder
      10m 19s
    2. Launching and working with apps
      4m 22s
    3. Sorting and starting apps with Launchpad
      3m 13s
    4. Organizing workspaces with Mission Control
      4m 35s
    5. Using trackpad gestures
      8m 22s
    6. Using mouse gestures
      2m 22s
    7. Understanding file saving in Lion
      4m 35s
    8. Using Text to Speech
      3m 9s
    9. Installing software
      3m 47s
  4. 26m 51s
    1. Personalizing the interface
      7m 31s
    2. Staying current with Software Update
      4m 13s
    3. Configuring Mail, Address Book, and iCal
      5m 2s
    4. Setting up printers
      3m 39s
    5. Backing up with Time Machine
      6m 26s
  5. 10m 49s
    1. Finding files with Spotlight
      5m 16s
    2. Digging deeper with Finder searches
      5m 33s
  6. 39m 6s
    1. Configuring basic personal preferences
      11m 14s
    2. Optimizing Mission Control preferences
      3m 42s
    3. Configuring basic Audio and Video preferences
      4m 34s
    4. Adjusting Input Device preferences
      7m 45s
    5. Configuring Bluetooth input devices
      2m 36s
    6. Modifying Date & Time Preferences
      2m 38s
    7. Getting on the internet
      3m 56s
    8. Using an alternate startup disk
      2m 41s
  7. 3m 22s
    1. Understanding Dashboard widgets
      3m 22s
  8. 23m 20s
    1. Navigating the interface
      6m 30s
    2. Filtering junk mail and sorting messages with rules
      4m 22s
    3. Scheduling appointments with iCal
      6m 38s
    4. Organizing contacts with Address Book
      5m 50s
  9. 37m 5s
    1. Basic word processing in TextEdit
      7m 56s
    2. Using Dictionary
      2m 51s
    3. Preview: Working with images
      6m 20s
    4. Preview: Working with PDFs
      6m 13s
    5. Installing and managing fonts
      5m 37s
    6. Creating quick notes using Stickies
      3m 24s
    7. Using Calculator
      4m 44s
  10. 34m 27s
    1. Navigating the web
      4m 49s
    2. Working with bookmarks
      7m 15s
    3. Adding and reading RSS feeds
      2m 38s
    4. Using Reading List
      3m 7s
    5. Saving web pages and creating web clips
      1m 15s
    6. Using Safari to search the web
      3m 13s
    7. Opening local files in Safari
      2m 33s
    8. Working with Safari's preferences
      4m 33s
    9. Configuring privacy settings
      5m 4s
  11. 13m 45s
    1. Playing media
      9m 3s
    2. Recording
      4m 42s
  12. 18m 26s
    1. Video chatting in FaceTime
      5m 26s
    2. Text and video messaging in iChat
      9m 6s
    3. Shooting videos and pictures in Photo Booth
      3m 54s
  13. 12m 46s
    1. Automating complex tasks
      12m 46s
  14. 13m 55s
    1. Monitoring system performance
      3m 20s
    2. Setting up a Windows installation in Boot Camp
      3m 49s
    3. Formatting, partitioning, and repairing storage devices
      6m 46s
  15. 15m 55s
    1. Understanding sharing
      4m 59s
    2. Sharing files on a network
      3m 23s
    3. Screen sharing with a remote computer
      4m 7s
    4. Sending files with AirDrop
      3m 26s
  16. 38m 47s
    1. Modifying Language & Text settings
      6m 38s
    2. Optimizing Security & Privacy settings
      6m 24s
    3. Configuring access for for the disabled
      7m 23s
    4. Using Energy Saver
      4m 42s
    5. Adding and changing users
      6m 19s
    6. Configuring Parental Controls
      7m 21s
  17. 18m 33s
    1. Preventive measures: Creating a Lion boot drive
      7m 40s
    2. Understanding and configuring permissions
      3m 6s
    3. Troubleshooting techniques
      7m 47s
  18. 6m 11s
    1. Techniques for using the Mac efficiently
      5m 22s
    2. Next steps
      49s

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