Forum Question: What’s the Quickest Way To Invoke Screen Sharing?

I Share Screens a lot to access programs that are obsolete under Lion. To do that I open a Finder window, find the Mac I want to share with, and click on the “Share Screen” button. Is there a quicker route?
On a related note: I presume it’s possible to put the shared screen on a 2nd display hooked to my iMac. Is that true? …and just as an opinion. If I’m going to do this a lot, do you think it is better to have an Extra display, or should I just get a bigger iMac next time. I currently have a 20″ iMac.
Kirk Edgar Aplin

Comments: 9 Responses to “What’s the Quickest Way To Invoke Screen Sharing?”

    3/4/12 @ 4:39 pm

    For speed, you can do Command+K in the Finder, and then press Browse. But Command+K and then entering in the IP address (For example: vnc:// can be quicker. Especially when you use the + button there to add it as a shortcut. Then it remembers the last one too. So you can usually do Command+K and Return and you are there.
    You can move the VNC window to another screen, sure. But it is up to you whether you spend the money on that or save it up for the new iMac. Different people prefer different things.

      Kirk Aplin
      3/4/12 @ 4:56 pm

      Okay. That helps a lot. Thanks.

    Michael A.
    3/4/12 @ 7:48 pm

    I use Butler ( ) to quickly launch URLs like the ones Gary mentioned; this lets me open a screen sharing session with either a single keystroke or by typing part of the target host name into Butler’s window. Other utilities like Alfred or QuickSilver can no doubt do the same thing.

    If the other machine you are using can be moved to the same desk as your primary machine, try using Teleport ( ). Teleport lets you painlessly switch your mouse and keyboard from controlling one machine to controlling the other, simply by moving the mouse cursor off the edge of one screen.

    Bob P.
    3/5/12 @ 10:55 am

    WHen using screen sharing, do both Macs have to be on the same local network, or can either one be accessed by the other anywhere on the internet?

      3/5/12 @ 11:01 am

      Anywhere on the Internet. But you’ll either need to know the exact IP address, or use iCloud’s back-to-my-Mac function to find the other Mac.

        Bob P.
        3/5/12 @ 11:15 am

        Regarding the Mac you wish to access, will you be able to access it while it’s in the sleep, or standby mode, or does it have to be in the active mode?

    Bill S
    11/21/12 @ 5:45 am

    How do you find out your IP address on a Mac?

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