How to Use Skype to View Somebody's Desktop
A remote desktop connection allows one user to see another user's desktop and control their mouse and keyboard. It can be useful for troubleshooting situations. A remote desktop connection can be made between two users via Skype by using the free SkyAway plug-in.
Things You'll Need
- SkyAway plug-in
Open Skype by double-clicking the "Skype" shortcut on your desktop. Wait for the program to load, then minimize it by clicking the icon in the upper right-hand corner that looks like a flat line.
Open SkyAway by double-clicking the "SkyAway" shortcut on your desktop.
Click "Actions" in the top toolbar menu of SkyAway. Select "Connect to Skype".
Click on "Skype" in your taskbar at the bottom of the screen to restore the window. A new dialog box will prompt you by asking if SkyAway should be allowed access. Click "Yes" and minimize Skype again.
Click on the drop-down menu at the top of the "SkyAway" window. Select the user you want to make a remote desktop connection with. Click the little person icon just the right of this drop down menu. Wait for the user to accept your connection.
Watch the large window in SkyAway and wait for the other user's desktop to appear. You will be able to control their mouse and keyboard as well.
Tips & Warnings
- Both users must have SkyAway installed to make a remote desktop connection. Use Skype version 1.4 or higher.
- This is beta software and will not work for everyone or in all situations.