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If you've ever been called on to do tech support, either for work or as the family's resident tech expert, you know how handy a decent screen sharing tool can be. Google Duo has been around for a while as a video calling tool but Google has added the ability to share your screen during a call. That should make life easier for tech support and people wanting to do product demos and presentations over Duo.

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When you're sharing your screen for a business or school presentation, you don't want any notifications popping up, like a sext, a calendar notification for your therapist appointment, or a Slack DM about the problem client you're currently presenting to. You could hit "Do Not Disturb", but what if you forget? While Windows 10 has a built-in option to turn notifications off during screen-shares, OS X doesn't. The free app Muzzle fixes that.

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Your home computer is the perfect machine. It's customised to your exact needs, runs all your must-have apps and holds every important file you'd ever need to access. The catch: it's not exactly practical to lug a computer with you everywhere you go. That's where remote access comes in. Here are three simple ways to control your home computer from anywhere -- your laptop, phone, or even a friend's computer -- as though you were sitting directly in front of it.

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There are plenty of free web services that allow you to easily share your desktop with others, but new webapp Screenleap simplifies screen sharing even further. Screenleap allows you to share your desktop with as many people as you choose, without signing up for an account, downloading and installing anything, and does it all for free.

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If you're looking for a way to share a website or collaborate over a web page with a friend but you don't want to install anything to do it, Channel.me can help. The service offers simultaneous browser sharing, real-time chat, and the ability to add notes and comments right on the page.

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When Leopard was released, one of the most enticing new features was Back to My Mac, a tool that made it possible to access your home computer remotely—including remote control of your desktop and access to your files—no matter where you are. The catch: It requires a $100 yearly subscription to the lackluster .Mac service. Right now I'm working from my laptop in Austin, and I've got the same full access to my home PC in Los Angeles as Back to My Mac offers, but I didn't spend a dime on .Mac to get it. That's because all of the tools you need to roll your own Back to My Mac are already built into Leopard for free out of the box—you just need to know how to access them.

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Macworld has discovered that there's a lot more functionality hidden in Leopard's new Screen Sharing application (yes, it's actually just a normal application and not some obscure service), and unlocking it is just a matter of a couple of simple Terminal commands. First, you'll want to find the Screen Sharing app in /System/Library/CoreServices and drag it into your Dock or copy it to your Applications folder for easier access. Once you do that, fire up Terminal and enter the following (one-line) command, which will provide easy-to-read shortcuts for connecting to any local computer:defaults write com.apple.ScreenSharing ShowBonjourBrowser_Debug 1Now run the Screen Sharing app and you should see an interface similar to what you see in the screenshot above. But that's not all. The next Terminal tweak adds toolbar buttons to the Screen Sharing window to control the quality of your session, window control, and a few other useful tweaks.