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Communicating with your Zoom participants

Communicating with your Zoom participants

The meeting controls for the Zoom app are found at the bottom of the screen, as shown in the image below. Further instructions follow the image, corresponding with the numbers in the image.

Zoom app controls
Icons in Zoom and how to use them
  • Audio/Mute

The left hand button in the meeting controls serves two different purposes – it will bring back the pop-up audio controls, allowing you to join using your computer audio, and will then allow you to mute or unmute your microphone. Use the chevron to test and/or change your audio devices and settings.

  • Start/Stop Video

Use the Start Video button to control the use of your webcam, and use the chevron next to the button to test and/or change your webcam and access other video settings.

  • Participants

See a list of participants on the right hand side of the screen. From here, you can admit people from the waiting room, change their roles (consider making a trusted student a co-host to manage the waiting room and chat), and control whether or not they can use microphones and webcams. You can also invite new participants.

  • Chat

Use this to access text chat with everyone, or with individuals, and also share files. The Chat panel opens on the right.

  • Record

Click on this when you are ready to record the session. If you set up the session to record automatically, you can pause or stop the recording here

  • Share

Use this to access basic sharing features, such as sharing your screen or an application, or more advanced features involving the partial sharing of screens or audio. You can also annotate a screen or whiteboard once you share it.

  • Polls

Use this to ask a preset question, or to create and launch a new poll. Results can be displayed immediately.

  • Breakout Rooms

Use this to divide your participants into smaller groups, either automatically or manually.

  • Reactions

Meeting participants can now react during a meeting by sending a thumbs up or clapping to communicate without interrupting the meeting. Reactions will disappear after 5 seconds. By default, the meeting reactions have a yellow skin tone. On the Zoom Desktop Client for Windows and Mac, you can also set your skin tone.

  • End

Click to leave the meeting. The Host can leave the meeting or end the meeting for all participants


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