A General Guide to Zoom

A General Guide to Zoom

What You Need to Get Started:

●  An internet connected computer, laptop, or device (with a webcamera installed to show video)

●  Your meeting ID number or URL of the meeting (will be sent out through email)

●  A speaker within the computer, or a headset or ear buds (if you prefer)

Download and Launch the Zoom App:

Video tutorial on the following steps: ​https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=K8l4l_39MFA

●  Click the link or URL to the Zoom room sent out. (We can send out test links)

●  You will be prompted to download the Zoom application.

●  Download the Zoom application.

●  Click the URL of the zoom room again.

●  Launch Zoom application from your browser.

The Zoom Menu Bar:

The Zoom menu bar appears at the bottom of the Zoom window once the meeting begins. If you don’t see the menu bar, move your mouse slightly and the bar will appear. (The bar disappears after a few seconds when in full-screen mode.)


  1. Mute/unmute your audio​ ​(not the audio of the participants). (You can also select your audio input here by clicking the up arrow next to the microphone icon).
  2. Start/stop your video.​ (You can also select your video input here by clicking the up arrow next​ ​to the video camera icon).
  3. Invite​ more people to join by email, IM, or meeting ID
  4. View a list of participants
  5. Share your desktop​ (everything you have open) or select a specific application to share.
  6. Send a message​ to one person (using ​private chat​) or to all participants (i.e. “to everyone”).a. This opens the chat feature on the right of your screen, toggle to select private or public chat.
  1. Record​ ​the meeting (if you have been granted permission)
  2. Leave​ ​or end the video meeting

Helpful Hints:

Video conferences are a great way to meet – and stay connected with – your loved ones and coworkers. To make sure you get the most out of every session, keep the following tips and tricks in mind:

●  Find a quiet location to join your session, and make sure you have access to an excellent Wi-Fi signal.

●  Log in to every session using your full first and last name.

●  Join a session a few minutes early to test your audio and video connections. You should also make

sure you have the latest Zoom app downloaded (Zoom.us menu > Check for updates).

●  Use a headset (or earbuds) instead of speakers and a microphone. The connection may sound fine to

you, but speakers and a microphone can generate too much static for others.

●  Mute your audio unless you are speaking (or in line to speak) so as to prevent unintentional

background noise from disrupting the conversation.

●  When video is enabled, speak to the camera (and not to the screen).


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