Observe and Control Modes

Observe and Control Modes

Observe Mode and Control Mode disable and enable (respectively) input devices for the Mac, iPhone, iPad or Vision Pro you're connecting from with Screens.

Observe Mode

This mode lets you see what is happening on the remote computer, but will disable the keyboard and mouse (gestures on iPhone, iPad and Vision Pro). You can also set Screens to use this mode automatically in the saved screen settings.

Observe mode is useful when you want to see the remote desktop, but don't want input from your keyboard or pointing device to interfere with activity on the remote computer.

Control Mode

This is the default mode. Keyboard and mouse commands (gestures on iPhone, iPad and Vision Pro) are sent to the remote computer as normal.

To select a mode while you are connected to a remote computer, use one of the following methods:


Note that you can set Screens to automatically connect in Observe mode from your saved connection settings, under Controls.

Manual Configuration

You can locate the Control Mode toggle on the connection window toolbar in Screens for Mac or in the Actions menu within the interactive toolbar in Screens for iPhone, iPad and Vision Pro.

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