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how to Share your Desktop with Team Viewer

Updated on January 27, 2013


WOULDN'T IT BE great to have access to your home PC when you’re in the office? How often have you wanted to manipulate the Desktop of another PC when someone calls to ask for technical assistance, or transfer those important files you forgot to put on the flash drive, or simply save time sending documents back and forth by collaborating online in real time? Thanks to TeamViewer, you can. This remote control software, which can be downloaded at, enables you to do all these things for free if you’re a private user. It’s also multi-platform, so it works with Windows, Apple Mac, Linux and even Android mobile phones or the iPhone.

If you want to show someone your screen or manipulate theirs remotely, Team Viewer can help.In this hub, explains how easy it is to be in two places at the same time .

1. Install TeamViewer by running the application you downloaded. You can choose to install it, so the software starts automatically with your PC, or you can choose ‘Run it’, where the software just begins working and doesn't require Administrator privileges; the second option is useful for a work or public computer. During installation, you need to select if you will be able to remote-access this computer as standard and use the same password to log on each time, or if it has to generate a different password every time you have an incoming connection. If you opt to have a set password, an additional wizard opens during the installation. Give the computer a name and provide a password. At this point, you can also set up a TeamViewer account by entering your information.

2. Connect to this PC using another computer that has TeamViewer on it. From the remote computer, enter your home PC’s ID code (on the home computer’s TeamViewer screen) in the Partner ID box. Leave ‘Remote control’ selected. Press the Connect To Partner button and enter the home computer’s password. Once connected, a window will appear, showing the home PC’s desktop. With the mouse and keyboard, you can use the home computer as if you were in front of it.

3. TeamViewer now has some extremely useful functions that allow you to interact with another PC Desktop. If you open the Actions menu and choose Ctrl-Alt-Dlt on one computer, you can access the Windows Task Manager on the other system. You can also lock that PC, log out, reboot it or restart it in Safe mode. Meanwhile, choosing ‘Switch sides with partner’ allows a user on the other PC to access your Desktop.

The way you view the connection can also be changed. If you open the View menu, you can select an option to see the Desktop image at a higher quality for the clearest image or in a lower quality for a higher speed connection. This menu also allows you to choose a particular screen resolution, such as 1,024x768, or have the image displayed full screen or scaled to fit the window.

4. You can talk for free with any PC you are connected to using the built-in internet phone service. If you choose Voice over IP from the Audio/Video menu, the window for a conference call appears. Click ‘Transmit my audio now’ and the other person can hear you. They must click ‘Transmit my audio now’ on the other PC to talk to you.

5. It’s also very easy to transfer documents or other files between computers. Simply open the File transfer menu and choose File transfer. A window appears, displaying folders on your computer on the left so you can choose a file to send. Once selected, pick a folder on the right on the home PC and click the Send button to deliver it. You can choose files from the home PC to be sent to the remote PC. Choose a file from the right-hand folder menu and click the Receive button.


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      Kanai Adhikary 

      2 years ago

      TeamViewer is good but its data has been recently hacked. Have a look at Are hosted services secured? Why not use on premise remote support solutions like R-HUB remote support servers? It works from behind your corporate firewall, hence better security.


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