How to share your screen during a Microsoft Teams meeting

The process used when sharing your screen in Teams depends on whether you’re using the Teams desktop app or web app. I’ll cover both methods in this post, and provide a video demonstration for each.

Share your screen using the Microsoft Teams desktop app

Using the desktop app (installed on your machine), you can share your screen during a meeting in just a few clicks:

  1. Once inside the meeting, select the Share icon (rectangle with an arrow) in the upper right corner next to the Leave button.
  2. Choose which content you’d like to share with the other participants:
    • Screen (one of your monitors and everything you see on it, even if you change windows/apps)
    • Window (one specific window or app – prevents accidentally sharing things like your email)
  3. If you’ll be sharing video audio or music, toggle the button to include computer sound
  4. When finished sharing, use the same Share button to stop sharing.

If you’ll be sharing a PowerPoint presentation, consider using PowerPoint Live as opposed to just screen sharing the full-screen presentation. This enables your attendees to benefit from individual features that won’t affect others including:

  • Moving forwards and backwards through slides for a refresher or more time to consume the content
  • Changing slides to high contrast for better visibility
  • Translating slides to a language of choice
  • Click on links directly on slides (such as social media, references, survey, or company hyperlinks)

Watch the desktop version video demonstration to see these steps performed, including PowerPoint Live:

Share your screen using the Microsoft Teams web app

The web app is entirely browser-based, meaning you don’t need to have anything installed on your device to use it. You can access it anytime from any device with web access by navigating to https://teams.microsoft.com in your browser of choice.

In the web app, you can share your screen during a meeting by following these steps:

  1. Once inside the meeting, select the Share icon (rectangle with an arrow) from the lower central area menu. If the menu has disappeared, simply move your cursor around the meeting space to make it reappear.
  2. Choose which content you’d like to share with the other participants:
    • Desktop/Window (either a whole monitor or a specific app or tab). After you select this, you can then choose between:
      • Entire screen: A whole monitor/screen and everything that becomes visible on it.
      • Window: A single app or window (prevents accidentally sharing things like your email)
      • Microsoft Edge tab: A single browser tab (similar to the app/window option, this prevents accidentally switching to a sensitive app or tab)
      • If you’ll be sharing video audio or music, check the box to Share system audio
    • PowerPoint (PowerPoint Live): Select a recent presentation, or click Browse to find a presentation and utilize this feature.
  3. When finished sharing, use the same Share button to stop sharing or one of the Stop sharing dialogs you may see.

Watch the web version video demonstration to see these steps performed, including PowerPoint Live:

How to join and participate in Microsoft Teams meetings (Video)

Learn how to attend a Microsoft Teams meeting and what your options and features are when meeting online.

This video is part of my FREE 30+ lesson self-paced online training course called Collaboration in Microsoft 365 (OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams). Enroll today at https://www.NateTheTrainer.com for the full learning experience including lesson discussions, quizzes, exams, and a completion certificate.

You can also watch the entire course as a YouTube playlist as well (just without the course discussions, quizzes, exam, and certificate). Be sure to subscribe to support my channel and for easy access to future content.

Notes

Attending a meeting is usually as simple as clicking a join link and turning your devices (camera and microphone) on or off as desired. There are several features available to attendees throughout a meeting including chat and reactions, live captions, device settings, and more. Meeting organizers may also have attendees participate in polls, breakout rooms, and more.

Additional resources

How to schedule meetings in Microsoft Teams (Video)

Learn how to schedule Microsoft Teams online meetings.

This video is part of my FREE 30+ lesson self-paced online training course called Collaboration in Microsoft 365 (OneDrive, SharePoint, and Teams). Enroll today at https://www.NateTheTrainer.com for the full learning experience including lesson discussions, quizzes, exams, and a completion certificate.

You can also watch the entire course as a YouTube playlist as well (just without the course discussions, quizzes, exam, and certificate). Be sure to subscribe to support my channel and for easy access to future content.

Notes

You can schedule Microsoft Teams meetings from Outlook or Teams, but by scheduling through Teams your join information, chat, files, whiteboard, attendance, and more are all added to the event details after scheduling, enabling you to prepare dynamic and engaging meeting experiences in advance as well as follow-up with attendees and keep meeting assets organized.

Teams meetings ca be scheduled from the Calendar node, a channel, or a chat. 

  • If scheduled from Calendar or via chat, the invite is sent from your individual calendar and the meeting chat and recording (when applicable) will be in your Chat node – specifically, the thread with the attendee(s).
  • If scheduled from a channel, the invite is sent to the group/team and lives on the group calendar (but still individually invites members). Attendance, recordings, and meeting chat will all be found in the particular channel’s Posts feed as well as in the event details from Calendar.

Be sure to check out Microsoft’s Microsoft Teams Meetings Quick Start Guide for 32 pages of additional information, resources, one-pagers, etc. related to Microsoft Teams meetings.

Additional resources

Microsoft Teams is Not a Zoom Alternative; It’s Much More

I recently wrote a blog post for Centriq Training on how Microsoft Teams is more than just a Zoom alternative. In the post, I detail (with a table comparison) how Teams and Zoom are similar in meeting and chat functionality. But Teams goes far beyond communication and really excels in being the “one-stop shop” of enterprise communication and collaboration.

The post is broken down into:

  • Intro (What is Teams, what is Zoom, and why do people ask Teams vs Zoom?)
  • Microsoft Teams vs Zoom (for online meetings) with feature comparison
  • What’s unique about teams
    • Participant limit and meeting types
    • File integration
    • Pre-connected apps teams can use
  • Conclusion (go beyond just chat and meetings with a single app for all productivity, collaboration, and communication)

Read the entire post on Centriq’s blog here: Microsoft Teams is Not a Zoom Alternative; It’s Much More.