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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse System 10.6
Snow Leopard only hintA recent hint mentioned that all keystrokes in Snow Leopard get sent to the remote computer when Screen Sharing. This means that Command-Tab and other keystrokes get sent along, and there isn't a keyboard method for returning control to your Mac. Instead, you must move the mouse out of the shared window and click on a local window.

Sometimes, though, you might want to keep the mouse in a particular location in the remote computer. In particular, when I'm helping my mom remotely, I don't want my mouse movements to make the mouse on her screen move.

The solution? Push the power button on your computer. The "Are you sure you want to shut down your computer now?" dialog appears, and the mouse focuses on your local computer. Move the mouse outside the shared window, and then hit the Escape key, or just use Command-Tab to get to a different local window. (Be very careful not to hit the Return key, or you'll shut down your computer!). The shared computer mouse stays right where it was, and you're back to local control.
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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: timcrawf on Oct 23, '09 08:09:46AM

If you don't have a power key, control-eject will bring up the same dialog box. I agree with your statement that this can be dangerous. I hope we find a different way.



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: zerobatsu on Oct 23, '09 08:30:13AM

If you have a newer portable you can do the 4 finger left swipe to bring up the local application switcher.
But man a supported keyboard shortcut would be great! Thanks for the hint!



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: Craig John on Oct 23, '09 08:35:08AM

I use Screen Sharing to use my MacPro from my MacBook by checking emails, setting up renders etc and since the 10.6 update, I could Command-Tab out of the Screen Sharing.

To easily get back to my MacBook, I've set Screen Sharing to use 'Space 2' and the most of my day to day apps use 'Space 1'.

All commands are sent to the MacPro as far as Command-Tabbing is concerned but the shortcut Ctrl-Left Arrow (or Ctrl-RightArrow) shortcut to switch to a different space stay on my MacBook which enables me to switch back and forth with ease.



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: tofergregg on Oct 23, '09 11:35:54AM

Great hint about the screen sharing--thanks!



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: Mac Berry on Oct 23, '09 08:43:22AM

If you have one of the newer Apple keyboards (works on my Apple aluminium keyboard, and my MacBook Pro unibody), press the Expose button (on the F3 key), then select the local window you want. That function isn't sent to the remote machine.

Same works with the Dashboard button (on the F4 key), but NOT with the actual F keys assigned to Expose in system preferences; those ARE sent to the remote machine.



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: tofergregg on Oct 23, '09 11:31:43AM

The exposť option works great! Thanks for that tip. Had I known about that, I would have used it as the original hint.



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: mun on Oct 23, '09 11:30:18AM

If you have Exposť programmed on your mouse, you can use your Exposť-programmed mouse buttons to switch to the window you want to go to.



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: Beeb on Oct 24, '09 07:29:47AM

I haven't tried it, but surely command+option+esc (force quit) would work. Then you don't have to move your right hand off the trackpad/mouse. No danger of turning off the computer and would have to hit enter twice to quit the app.



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: Mac Berry on Oct 25, '09 11:59:06AM

No, that's captured by the remote machine too.



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: joshforman on Oct 24, '09 05:55:10PM

That's strange. I've always been able to command-tab on my "local computer" while using Screen Sharing. I think when I switched to a MacBook Pro, the keystroke was captured by the remote Mac, but I don't remember changing anything and it started working normally shortly after.

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Josh Forman

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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: JaxMyers on Oct 26, '09 06:19:36AM

Great hint!! Not being able to exit screen sharing without moving my mouse was really bothering me, especially when helping my grandma (it would really confuse her).



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: lpb2h on Nov 26, '09 12:35:39AM

A solution is here:
http://forums.obdev.at/viewtopic.php?f=4&t=3305&p=11229&hilit=screen+sharing#p11229

I.e., if you use LaunchBar (or a similar utility), invoke it with a key stroke (I use control-space). This effectively switches you out of Screen Sharing and into Launch Bar. Then you can hit command-tab and it will operate locally; Screen Sharing will obviously not be able to capture the key stroke because Screen Sharing will be running in the background (and is not designed to capture keystrokes then) so the window switching utility will be invoked. All this without using a mouse, which is the whole point.

Anyone concerned about the issue in this post should be using LaunchBar or something similar. It's an indispensable OS X productivity tool for people who prefer to get things done fast via the keyboard rather than slowly RSI themselves with a mouse.
see:
http://www.obdev.at/products/launchbar/index.html

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Luc P. Beaudoin
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Edited on Nov 26, '09 12:47:17AM by lpb2h



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10.6: Switch away from screen sharing without moving mouse
Authored by: MacHilfe.ch on Dec 02, '09 12:46:25PM

Some question about screen sharing.
Is it possible to set screen sharing in a "Observe Only Mode" trough terminal command(s)?
Thank you for your feedback.
Thomas



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