#6 NetMeeting

Do you see what I see?
Using NetMeeting to share your computer screen

Last week we saw how easy it is to share what you see on your computer screen by taking screenshots. This week we’ll look at an even better way to share your screen and everything that happens on it in real-time. Microsoft NetMeeting is a great way to let others “peak over your shoulder” and watch your screen – even if they are physically located in some far off place.
What can I do with NetMeeting?

With NetMeeting you can do things like share and collaborate, use a whiteboard, send files, and text chat.

» Share your desktop to:

– show someone how to use an application

– troubleshoot a problem

– show presentations or notes during conference calls

– capture brainstorming ideas,

….and too many others to list here.

» Use tools like a whiteboard, chat & file transfer

» Control someone else’s desktop remotely; with their permission of course.

How do I get NetMeeting?

You probably already have it. All computers running Windows XP have already have NetMeeting available.

To run NetMeeting:

  1. From the Windows Start button select Run…
  2. Type conf
  3. Click OK.

NOTE: If this is the first time you have accessed NetMeeting you will be presented with an installation wizard.
Click here for setup instructions.

How can I connect with someone else?

There are a few different ways to connect with someone via NetMeeting. The most common and easiest include:

» Using the NetMeeting directory
» Entering an IP address
» Entering a computer name

NetMeeting Directory:
If you followed the instructions linked to above, you should appear in AEP’s NetMeeting directory. The directory provides a list of names and locations of people who are available for you to call. Simply click the directory button to access the directory.

IP Address:
If the person you want to call does not appear in the directory, ask them to give you their IP address. Your IP address can be found by opening NetMeeting and choosing About Windows NetMeeting from the Help menu. Your IP address is displayed at the bottom of this window.

To connect using this method simply enter the IP address of the person you are calling in the address box and press Enter on your keyboard.

Computer Name:
Another alternative for connecting with someone is to know their computer name. You can see what your computer name is by looking for the My Computer icon on your desktop. It should look something like this and display text in the format of User ID on Computer Name.

To connect using this method simply enter the computer number (P3033244 in the example shown) of the person you are calling in the address box and press Enter on your keyboard.

Helpful Hints:

» If you are also on a phone call with the person you call via NetMeeting you may need to mute your computer’s speakers to avoid audio feedback.

» For more details, the NetMeeting help menu is actually pretty helpful.

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