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?


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
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    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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