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How to Screen Share a Chrome Tab on Google Meet

Screen Share a Chrome Tab
Written by Hassan Abbas

With Zoom’s security practices drawing a lot of attention in the past few weeks, Google Meet has firmly assured itself a seat at the table and is now a growing video conferencing and collaboration tool available for enterprise users and organizations. In this article, we are about to tell you How to Screen Share a Chrome Tab on Google Meet. Let’s begin!

Google Meet comes with better security, support for the latest encryption standards. Ability to change layouts during a meeting, integration with Google services, transfer calls to phone, waiting room, and much more.

Besides offering video conferencing tools, Google Meet also provides its users an option to present. If you are a presenter, then you will be able to share your computer screen fully or partially with other participants of the meeting.

The new ‘Present a Chrome tab’ feature on Google Meet | Screen Share a Chrome Tab

Google Meet has a ‘Present’ option that provides users to distribute the contents of their screen to other attendees. Prior to today, users were allowed to share a window from your computer or the whole screen to other participants in a meeting. This resulted in a ruffled presentation as the shared screen often lacked sound. When a media is being presented.

In a move to offer better video and audio quality for presentation. Google is now offering a new ‘Present a Chrome tab’ feature for Google Meet users. Along with the ‘Present a Chrome tab’ feature, users will be able to share the contents of a specific tab on Google Chrome with “high-quality video with audio”.

Why should you use the Chrome tab feature | Screen Share a Chrome Tab

The new ‘Present a Chrome tab’ feature gives users the ability to share a single tab from a browser. This provides you with better privacy as you won’t need to share other tabs. That is open in your browser, let alone the necessity to share an entire screen.

If Google Meet detects that you switched to a new tab, it will prompt you with a pop-up asking whether you would want to share the new tab for your presentation or keep on sharing the older tab. The feature thus lets you change the presentation between tabs and also preserve what you want to share in a meeting.

Additionally, as has been revealed by Google itself, presenting a Chrome tab will allow participants to hear the audio when a media is playing. Prior to this, sharing screens or windows on Google Meet did not render sounds. That was playing on a window or your screen.

Different from sharing a screen or window | Screen Share a Chrome Tab

Sharing a window on Google Meet will show all contents of the window on the meeting screen. Such as, if you are sharing a browser window, then the presentation will show all tabs of the particular window in which case you might end up sharing more. Than what you were planning to share during a presentation.

Similarly, presenting an entire screen will share the content of the entire screen which could include multiple windows of different applications. This could result in you sharing information that is irrelevant to the proceedings of the meeting. Along with some of it even revealing important data that you do not want to share with others.

In contrast to this, sharing a single Chrome tab on Google Meet will only show that particular tab on the participants’ screens. The feature works seamlessly even if you are switching between different tabs on your browser. Presenting a Chrome tab also shares the audio of the selected tab by default. Something that’s not the case when sharing the entire screen or a window.

How to present a Chrome tab on Google Meet

  • Open Google Meet and join a meeting.
  • To share what’s on your screen to other users, click on the ‘Present Now’ button on the bottom right.
  • If you want to share a single tab on Chrome, select the ‘A Chrome tab’ option from the menu.

You will be shown a list of tabs that are open in your Google Chrome window.

  • In the window that pops up, select a tab that you want to share for presentation, and then click on Share.

The tab you just selected will now show up on the screen with the “Sharing this tab to meet.google.com” dialog shown below the address bar.

Switching between tabs during a presentation | Screen Share a Chrome Tab

Once you have started sharing a Chrome tab for presentation, you will still be able to move between the different browser tabs that are open in Google Chrome. When you select a tab other than the tab that you are presenting, Google Meet will prompt you. Whether you want to present the current tab over the previous one.

If you want to select the current Chrome tab to replace the older tab that you were sharing during the presentation. Then you can do so by clicking the ‘Share this tab instead’ button. That is available below the address bar of the current Chrome tab.

Disable audio from a Chrome tab

As discussed above, sharing a Chrome tab on Google Meet enables audio from the tab by default whenever a media is playing. However, you can disable sharing audio from the Chrome tab by going to the Google Meet screen (not the screen that you shared but your actual meeting screen) and toggling the ‘Presentation audio’ switch to OFF position. This will stop sharing media audio from the tab that you selected to share.

Stop a presentation | Screen Share a Chrome Tab

After you are done presenting. Then you can stop sharing your Chrome tab without quitting the meeting session. You can do so by following any one of the following steps.

  • Quit the presentation directly from the shared tab by clicking on the Stop button adjacent to the “Sharing this tab to meet.google.com” dialog below the address bar.
  • Stop your presentation by heading back to Google Meet screen and clicking the Stop button below the address bar.
  • On the Google Meet meeting screen, click on the ‘You are presenting’ button the bottom right. And then select ‘Stop presenting’.

When will I get the ‘Present a Chrome tab’ feature on Google Meet

Google has confirmed that the ‘Present a Chrome tab’ feature on Google Meet has started rolling out to public users. Since this is a server-side update, it might take days, or even a couple of weeks for the feature to be made available to you. We have already tested the feature and it is working without any issue at the time of writing.

Will the ‘Present a Chrome tab’ feature work on my browser

The new ‘Present a Chrome tab’ feature as the name implies is designed to work on Google Chrome. So if you are using Google Chrome to use Google Meet. Then it should work without a hiccup. But technically, the same should also work on other Chromium-based web browsers, meaning, on paper. It should work on Brave, Vivaldi, and Microsoft Edge.

In our testing, we found that although the ‘Present a Chrome tab’ option is available when presenting on the Brave browser. There seems to be some issue in its functionality. Clicking the option does not get you a prompt asking for which tab to select for presentation. We would thus recommend that you stick to Google Chrome when presenting on Google Meet.

Conclusion

Alright, That was all Folks! I hope you guys like this Screen Share a Chrome Tab article and find it helpful to you. Give us your feedback on it. Also if you guys have further queries related to this article. Then let us know in the comments section below. We will get back to you shortly.

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About the author

Hassan Abbas

Tech enthusiast with too many items on his wish-list and not nearly enough money! Specializing in all things tech, with a slight Apple bent he has been writing for various blogs for the best part of (too many) years

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