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I have a machine at work that I sometimes like to connect to using screen sharing, but I don't want anyone else in the office to be able to see what I'm doing. I also don't want to give them access to the computer - I password-lock my screen with a screen saver when I'm not at the machine, but when I log on with screen sharing, I have to disable this lock.

So, is there any way to prevent the original screens from becoming active while using screen sharing?

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in Lion this is possible, but don't remember seeing this anywhere in previous versions. When you start a screen sharing session it will ask you how you want to view the remote session.

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Thanks for that tip - I'll look next time I log in to see if I can find the settings that control that. – keflavich Dec 10 '11 at 1:56
I just connected, and screen sharing did not ask me how I wanted to view the remote screen. There are options for 'observe' and 'control' in preferences, but I want to control without activating the remote screen. – keflavich Dec 11 '11 at 4:17
I have added the option i get given when i try to screen share. This has worked on when both computers are running Lion. – lennard Dec 18 '11 at 9:48

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