Microsoft Teams User Tip #21: Using Desktop Sharing Give Control


In this Microsoft Teams user tip we will take a look at the new Desktop Sharing Give Control functionality.

Sharing Your Desktop

You click on Share Desktop and then select a Screen if you have more than 1.


Now the screen you just shared will have a red border indicating its shared.

Give Control – Hover, Top, Center.

To give control to another user in the meeting you may need to hover in the center top of the shared screen to get the control. (For me, sometimes the Give Control panel doesn’t show on initial sharing, as shown below)


Hover center top to get the control


That’s it.


Request Control – Lower, Left

Of course, another user in the call can request control, The button is in the lower left of the video canvas.


Neat New Feature – 2 Mouse Pointers: Local Mouse and Controller Mouse

A nice surprise is that Microsoft Teams Desktop sharing has two mouse pointers:

  • The user sharing their own screen has a mouse pointer
  • The user controlling the screen at this time has a mouse pointer

The user who is not currently controlling the screen has a black mouse pointer [2 in screenshot] and the user actively controlling the screen has a normal pointer. [1 in screenshot below]


By a single click in the shared screen the local user and user given control can toggle who has active control of the mouse at the moment.

Screen Sharing Lag Indication

There is a small amount of lag, but Microsoft Teams shows this by allowing the remote mouse to trail your local mouse. This is my opinion nicely indicates what is happening in a natural way.



I think Desktop Sharing Control has been nicely implemented and will be a welcome features to all users!

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