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Grant control to a guest

Remote desktop control lets you grant control of your shared screen to other guests in your meeting room. To grant control of your desktop, you must be participating via the desktop app, not a browser. Guests to whom you grant control can be using the desktop app or a browser.

You can grant control to more than one person at a time. If multiple people attempt actions at one time, only the last action performed registers. To avoid confusion, make sure you and the guests controlling your screen communicate before or during the meeting.

Note: Remote desktop control is not recommended on virtual machines (VMs).

Windows 7 and Mac users, please see notes later in this article.

To grant control:

  1. Start or join the meeting in the desktop app.
  2. Share your entire monitor. Remote desktop control does not work with shared windows.
  3. In the meeting sidebar, on the Participants tab, click on the row of the guest you want to grant control to and then click Grant desktop control.

    Note: This option will not display unless the monitor is being shared.


  4. Your guest must click OK on the resulting prompt to accept control.


    Once the guest accepts control, a message displays above the meeting controls for both you (left) and the guest (right) to let you know that the guest has control of your screen.

    RDC-Host-GuestControllingNotification.png    RDC-Guest-GuestControllingNotification.png

    Now both you and your guest have the ability to control your screen. As the guest moves their mouse, a blue arrow with their name shows on your monitor (left) and for guests viewing your screen in the meeting (right).


  5. When finished, click on the guest's row and then click Revoke desktop Control.

    Ending screen share also revokes control from all guests.


    A message displays above the meeting controls for both you (left) and the guest (right) to let you know that Remote Desktop Control has ended.

    RDC-Guest-ControlEndedNotification.png    RDC-Guest-ControlEndedNotification.png

Special notes for Windows 7 and Mac users

Windows 7

  • For the best experience, change your theme to an Aero theme. Currently, the Basic color schemes do not show the controllers’ names and blue cursors, although the guests are able to control your machine.
  • Remote desktop control is not recommended on Windows 7 virtual machines (VMs).


To enable remote control, you must grant GlobalMeet permission to control your machine:

  1. In System Preferences, go to Security & Privacy.
  2. Click Privacy and then select Accessibility from the list of options.
  3. In the list of apps, select GlobalMeet.
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