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During a call, any participant can present their screen by clicking the Share your screen icon.
Allow others to draw on your screen
While presenting your screen, you can enable the drawing tool for your teammates to use: just click the pencil icon. Other call participants can use this tool to draw attention to specific sentences, charts, data points, or whatever they’d like to call out.
Share control of your screen
If you're using the Slack desktop app on Mac or Windows, you can also click the pointer icon. Each call participant will have their own cursor and the ability to control what’s on the screen.
As we prepare to roll out a new, faster version of Slack calls in early July, we will be removing the ability to share control of your screen. You can learn more about this change and find a list of alternative options here.
While another member is sharing control of their screen, any text you copy to your local clipboard will also be sent over to their computer. This allows you to paste your text on their screen, if you'd like. This makes collaborating easier, but there are some security risks to keep in mind:
Anything you copy will be sent to the other person’s clipboard, even if you decide not to paste the copied content on the shared screen.
If the member sharing their screen has a clipboard management tool installed, the content you copy will be stored for later access.
Note: During a screen share, we'll always ask you to confirm before sending over clipboard content for the first time.
Step 3: Review screen sharing tips
🙌 During a call, only one person can share their screen at a time. When you're done presenting, the next person can start sharing to take control. Yay teamwork!
🎥 The member sharing their screen becomes the active speaker by default: other teammates on the call will only see the active speaker's screen, even when others are talking.
💻 If you use Slack in Google Chrome, you can view your teammate's shared screen, but you won't be able to start a screen share from your end. To share your own screen, you'll need to switch to the Slack app for Mac or Windows.
🖥 Screen sharing in Slack requires transparent windows, but these are unavailable with some Windows 7 desktop themes. Here's how to make sure you’re using transparent windows: