How to Share Programs with NetMeeting

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NetMeeting allows you to share programs running on your computer with other NetMeeting participants. Programs can be shared even when a participant does not have that program installed on his or her computer.

This article describes how to use NetMeeting to share programs.


When you are in a NetMeeting conference, others in the conference can see and use a program running on your computer.

To share a program within NetMeeting, click the Tools menu, point to Share Applications, and then click the program to share. Or, you can click the NetMeeting icon on the taskbar, point to Share Application, and then click the program you want to share. Or, you can click the Share button on the toolbar displayed for the current call.

When you select a program, it is seen on every other computer in the conference. The name of the program's owner is displayed in the upper- right corner of the window (if that window is not maximized).

By default, you are in control of the program. You can click Collaborate on the Tools menu, or click the Collaborate button on the toolbar for the current call, to allow others to use the program. In this mode, the initials of the participant who has control are added to the mouse pointer. Any user can change or run your program after taking control of the program by double-clicking the shared program.

To prevent others from using your program, click Collaborate on the Tools menu or toolbar again, or press the ESC key.

NOTE: When a program is shared, its entire window is reflected to other computers in the conference. If part of that window is covered on your computer screen, the other participants see a graphic pattern in the overlap area.

Program sharing is achieved by passing graphics, mouse movements, and keyboard inputs to the other computers in real time. Your color and resolution settings have an impact on how items are displayed on other computers. If the originator of the shared program is using 1024 x 768 screen resolution, but a participant is using 640 x 480 resolution, the participant's screen will be too small to display the whole window.

If you are not participating in a NetMeeting conference (you are not logged on to an Internet Locator server [ILS] with another participant who is also configured for program sharing), the Share Applications command on the Tools menu in NetMeeting is unavailable. There is no error message.

What to Do If the Screen Refresh Is Slow When You Share a Program

If the screen refresh is slow when you share a program, use the following troubleshooting techniques:

  1. Verify that NetMeeting is configured for the maximum speed your connection allows.

    To determine the speed of your Internet connection, refer to the documentation for the hardware that is being used to connect your computer to the Internet (modem, ISDN, or network adapter).

    To change the speed NetMeeting is configured to use, follow these steps:
    1. In the NetMeeting window, click Options on the Tools menu.
    2. In the Options dialog box, click General.
    3. Under Network Bandwidth, click the appropriate option for your connection. The available options are 14400 BPS Modem, 28800 BPS Or Faster Modem, ISDN, and Local Area Network.
    4. Click OK.
  2. Disable audio and video.

    If reconfiguring the speed of NetMeeting doesn't improve the speed at which the screen is refreshed, you may be able to also improve the refresh rate by disabling audio and video.
    BR/> To stop sending audio and video on a NetMeeting call, follow these steps:
    1. When you are connected during a call, click the Current Call tab.
    2. Click the video icon next to the name of the person you want to stop sending video to, and then click Stop Sending Audio And Video.


Article ID: 154354 - Last Review: January 19, 2007 - Revision: 2.2
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