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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon Network
I was trying to figure out a way to open a screen sharing connection to a particular server on my LAN from a Dock or desktop icon. Being able to do it by entering a vnc:// URI in Finder or Safari was okay, and the hidden Bonjour Browser was one step better. But when I accidentally dragged and dropped an entry from the Bonjour Browser to my desktop, guess what happened? It created an icon that I could double-click to open a screen sharing session!

This file is just a plist with a .vncloc extension that opens with Finder.app by default. It looks like this, if you want to create your own: [robg adds: This works as described, though I'd say it opens Screen Sharing, not Finder.app, by default.]
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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: leamanc on Mar 17, '08 09:45:05AM
robg adds: This works as described, though I'd say it opens Screen Sharing, not Finder.app, by default.

I haven't tried this hint, but I'm not sure that it doesn't go to Finder anyway. Just yesterday, I was trying to set my protocol helper for vnc:// URLs using both More Internet and RCDefaultApp. I wanted to set JollysFastVNC as the helper for that URL type. (Firefox tried to open Screen Sharing.app., which won't work for most of my VNC servers.) Every time I would try and choose Jollys, More Internet would just say there was an error choosing the app, and set the helper app to Finder. Going ahead and clicking a vnc:// link, it does go to Finder, which then hands it off to Screen Sharing.

So, for whatever reason, Finder does seem to want to handle vnc:// URLs, even though it just passes them off.

If Screen Sharing would let you connect to VNC servers that just use a password, and not a username-password combo, I would be happy with it, but as it is, I need to use something else for most of my VNC servers.



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: diamondsw on Mar 17, '08 11:39:49AM

Does not work for me. All I get is the "Connect to Host" prompt, rather than opening a VNC session. A shortcut in "Connect to Server" works just fine.



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: Ross T on Mar 17, '08 12:54:15PM

It's even better if if you replace the icon with one of the icons the various Mac models in /System/Library/CoreServices/CoreTypes.bundle/Contents/Resources/




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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: Anonymous on Mar 17, '08 01:19:10PM
Just type vnc://machine_name in the address bar in Safari and drag that to the desktop.

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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: scottgrot on Mar 17, '08 04:51:12PM

I was looking for something like this; however I didn't know about the VNC URL, so I went to automator and created a new recording and:
selected finder in the dock;
selected the computer I wanted to screen share with in the finder window that popped up;
selected screen share;
stopped the recording.

I then sped this recording up 10x, and saved it as an application, and added a quicksilver hot key.

Not as elegant as dragging a VNC URL to the desktop, but it worked.



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: dahui on Mar 17, '08 05:30:59PM

any chance to have a screensharing icon for an iChat contact?

using spaces with windows infront of the contactlist, plus having to select the person in iChat, than clicking the tiny icon in the contactlist to selct "ask for screensharing" .... ya know what I mean ;)

desktop click and off we go would be a nice feature



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: tpressman on Mar 17, '08 05:44:00PM

Generally, in Leopard, if you look at a Bonjour user via the Finder's left pane (under "Shared"), and the Bonjour computer has Screen Sharing enabled, the regular "connect as..." button says, "Share Screen..." instead. Clicking the button opens them via Screen Sharing app.



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: jossro on Mar 18, '08 04:56:32PM
I made a shortcut in Butler which works very well. Basically I used:
vnc://machineName.local
and configured it to show under the Volume section of Butler in my toolbar.

Works very well, and doesn't clutter up the desktop, or the Dock!



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: palahala on Sep 13, '09 01:41:14AM

Or, once connected, drag the proxy icon (in the Screen Sharing's title bar) to the host's desktop.



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: Dr. T on Nov 14, '09 07:27:30AM

I don't have a proxy icon (10.5.8) in the Title bar. I just have the name of the computer. When I attempt to drag the name, it just drags then Screen Sharing window.



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: palahala on Nov 14, '09 10:00:14AM

Too bad, you're right, that proxy icon only shows on my 10.6.x Mac and not on a 10.5.x machine. Then I don't really remember how I initially created the Screen Sharing shortcuts in 10.5. I guess I did use the Bonjour Browser, long ago, and then disabled that thing afterwards.

The contents of both my existing shortcuts and the ones created by dragging the proxy icon match the property list from the hint above.



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: ryanpmack on Dec 07, '09 03:06:24PM

These are automatically created for you when you connect to another machine with screensharing and kept in ~/Library/Application Support/Screen Sharing/

This folder can be dragged into the side of the dock for a stacks/grid view, the vncloc files inside can be option+dragged somewhere else to create copies



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: PlanBForOoo on Oct 14, '10 06:31:03AM

I'm on 10.5.8 and this does not work anymore.

What works is type vnc://mypc.exemple.com/ into safari and drag the little icon into a folder in finder. This creates a file named vnc--mypc.example.com.inetloc with some binary content.

If you like you can drag the folder with such *.inetloc shortcuts to the dock in order to show as a fan or grid.



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10.5: Create a direct Screen Sharing shortcut icon
Authored by: dvincent on Dec 25, '11 04:40:15PM

I found I could insert my name and a '@' before the server name. Then get Screen Sharing would skip asking me the name. This helped me for a particular computer where my name was different.



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