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How to use presenter preview and background replacements in macOS Sequoia

With the release of macOS Sequoia, two new and innovative features, presenter preview and background replacements, have been introduced, aiming to make video conferencing on a Mac even better.

While presenter preview gives you greater control over what you’re going to share in video calling apps, background replacements make you look professional with custom backdrops. Keep reading, and we’ll show you how to use presenter preview and video call background replacements in macOS Sequoia to improve your video-conferencing experience on a Mac.

How to use presenter preview on Mac in macOS Sequoia

Presenter preview in macOS Sequoia is a new feature that lets you see what you’ll share in a video-calling app before you start a screen-sharing session. Not only does this make screen sharing easy, but it also gives you more control over what you’re sharing to safeguard your private data.

When you enable this feature, you can hover over an app window to highlight it and view what will be shown to others when you share it. Not only that, once you start a screen-sharing session, you can see which app windows you’re sharing, remove them, or even add new windows on the fly.

Follow the steps below to learn how to use presenter preview on a Mac:

  1. Open FaceTime on your Mac.
  2. Join a video call or start a new one.
  3. Click the Share icon located alongside other controls in the bottom-left corner of the screen.
    Share screen in FaceTime on Mac
  4. Hover over the app windows you want to share. You’ll see they’re highlighted.
  5. Preview the content of the highlighted app window that you’re about to share.
  6. Click Share this Window to start sharing it or hit Cancel to replace the window.
    Tap on Share this window to share in FaceTime on Mac
  7. Once you start screen sharing, click the purple presentation icon in the menu bar.
  8. Click Currently Sharing to view all the app windows you’re sharing currently.
    Select Currently Sharing to view app windows shared
  9. Click theicon in the top-left corner of an app window to stop sharing it in the video call.
    Tap minus sign to stop sharing window in video call on Mac
  10. If you want to share more apps, click the presentation icon again and select Change.
    Tap Change to share more apps in video call on Mac
  11. Hover over the new app window you want to share and click Add This Window.
    Click Add this window to share new window in FaceTime on Mac

How to use video call backgrounds on Mac in macOS Sequoia

The background replacements feature in macOS Sequoia does exactly what it says. It allows you to change your backdrops in video calls. You can pick a gradient, wallpaper, or a custom image to replace what’s placed behind you before joining a video call or meeting.

Here’s how to enable a video call background on macOS Sequoia-compatible Macs:

  1. Open FaceTime on your Mac. Don’t join or start a call.
  2. Click the green FaceTime icon in the menu bar.
  3. Click Background to enable video call backgrounds.
    Select Background in FaceTime on Mac
  4. Click the box located beside the Background option.
    Select box beside background to add background in videos call
  5. Choose a background from the resulting dialog box.
    Choose background from dialog shown
  6. If you want to add a custom background, go to the third tab.
  7. Click the + button and select either From Photos or Choose.
    Add custom background to video call on Mac
  8. Pick a photo for the background, hit Choose, and join the call. (The Choose button only appears when choosing photos via Finder.)
    Select Choose to add background and to join call

When you activate the background replacements feature, it will replace the background behind you with your selected image.

If you want to turn this feature off, it’s easy. Simply click the green FaceTime icon in the menu bar and deselect the Background option.

Video conferencing made better!

Presenter preview and background replacements are two of the best macOS Sequoia features. By following the steps outlined in this step-by-step guide, you can take full advantage of these new features and improve your video-conferencing experience while maintaining your privacy.

I personally find the video call background replacements feature to be really useful, as I no longer need to worry about my room being untidy during meetings. While presenter preview also seems useful, I don’t think I’ll be using it that often.

What do you think about these video conferencing features in macOS Sequoia? Let us know in the comments section located below.

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