Zoom Basics: Mute and Stop Video

Zoom Basics: Mute and Stop Video

Mute and Stop Video

When you are in a Zoom meeting you can mute your audio so people can’t hear you or stop your video so people can’t see you.

You may want to mute your audio when there is background noise, you are talking to someone else in the room or the person hosting the meeting has asked you to.

To mute your audio, click or tab on the microphone button when it says “mute”. To unmute your microphone again, click or tab on the same button when it says “unmute”.

You may want to stop your video when you leave the room, you are talking to someone else in the room or the person hosting the meeting has asked you to.

To stop your video, click or tab on the video button when it reads “stop video”. To start your video again, click or tab on the same button when it says “start video”.

In a Zoom meeting, the microphone and video button is located on the left of the toolbar along the bottom of the screen.

Click on the buttons below for more information on Zoom controls, testing your audio and try out a test meeting.  

 

Attendee Controls

Testing computer or device audio 

Try testing your audio and video 

Video from Zoom

Other resources

Digital Unite: Introduction to Zoom Meetings

Digital Unite: Hosting a Zoom Meeting

Digital Unite: Technology Guides

Zoom Basics: Mute and Stop Video

Zoom Basics: Gallery View and Active Speaker

Gallery View and Active Speaker

When you are in a Zoom meeting you can switch the ways you view people on your screen – gallery view or active speaker.

You can switch between these as many times as you like during a meeting. Switch to gallery view to see everyone in the meeting at the same time or active speaker to see only the person speaking.  

Switching between views can be slightly different depending on whether you are using a laptop/computer, tablet or iPad, iPhone or android phones.

To switch between views during a meeting click or tap on the “gallery view” or “active speaker” button on the screen. On a laptop/computer this is often located in the top right hand corner.

If you are using a phone or tablet you may also be able to swipe the screen left or right to switch between views.

Click on the buttons below for more information and try out switching views in a test meeting. 

How Do I Change The Video Layout?

Practice switching views

Other resources

Digital Unite: Introduction to Zoom Meetings

Digital Unite: Hosting a Zoom Meeting

Digital Unite: Technology Guides

Zoom Basics: Mute and Stop Video

Zoom Basics: Chat and Reactions

Chat and Reactions

A popular feature in Zoom is its chat room, this is where you can type messages to people in the meeting and they can type back to you.

You may want to use chat when your microphone isn’t working, you need to leave a meeting early or the person hosting the meeting has asked you to.

To open chat, click or tap on the “chat” button on the toolbar along the bottom or top of the screen. If you are using a phone or tablet your chat button may be hidden – tap the “more” button and select chat from the drop down box.

You can select to either send the message to everyone or select an individual to send a private message to – the person hosting the meeting can’t see messages you send to other people in a private message. Type your message in the text box and click or tap send.

You can also send reactions during a meeting which are images or icons similar to emojis. You can send “clapping” or “thumbs up” reactions when you like something, when your microphone is muted or when someone has asked you to. 

To send a reaction, click or tap on the “reaction” button on the toolbar along the bottom or top of the screen. If you are using a phone or tablet your reaction button may be hidden – tap the “more” button and tap on the reaction you would like to send.

Click on the buttons below for more information on chat and reactions and try out using these features in a test meeting. 

Meeting chat

Meeting reactions

Try out chat and reactions 

Video from Zoom

Other resources

Digital Unite: Introduction to Zoom Meetings

Digital Unite: Hosting a Zoom Meeting

Digital Unite: Technology Guides

Zoom Basics: Mute and Stop Video

Zoom Basics: Updating Application

Updating Application

Zoom often updates its application (app) to release new features and fix bugs. It is important to make sure the application on your computer/laptop, tablet and phone is updated to the latest version to protect your security and keep it working as it should.  

When an update is mandatory, you will receive a notification to update to the latest version – click or tap on this notification to update. 

You can also check for updates by clicking on your profile image in the application and selecting “check for updates” or you can go to the Zoom website (www.zoom.us/download) to download the latest version.

If you are using a phone you can also download the latest version on Google Play or App Store. 

If your application is upto date there will be no install options available when you check for updates.

Click on the buttons below for more information and to check your updated to the latest version.

 

 

Update to the latest version

Check your updated to the latest version

Video from Zoom

Other resources

Digital Unite: Introduction to Zoom Meetings

Digital Unite: Hosting a Zoom Meeting

Digital Unite: Technology Guides

Zoom Basics: Mute and Stop Video

Zoom: Easy Read Guides

To ensure everyone can access Zoom, we have created Easy Read guides for you to download.

The guides cover the basics of using Zoom on a computer or laptop, tablet and phone. We start at the beginning, answering key questions that will help you get the most out of this new technology. 

  • What is Zoom?
  • Safety and codes of conduct 
  • How to download Zoom? 
  • How to join a Zoom meeting?
  • What are the basic controls in Zoom?
  • How to use chat and reactions in Zoom?

The ‘Easy Read’ format breaks down the process step-by-step, highlighting new words, using a large font, short sentences and images. 

Click on the buttons below to download the guides and help a friend or family member stay connected using Zoom. 

What is Zoom?

Safety and codes of conduct 

Easy Read Guides: Computer or Laptop

How to download Zoom?

How to join a Zoom meeting?

What are the basic controls in Zoom?

How to use chat and reactions in Zoom?

Easy Read Guides: Tablet 

How to download Zoom?

How to join a Zoom meeting?

What are the basic controls in Zoom?

How to use chat and reactions in Zoom?

Easy Read Guides: Phone

How to download Zoom?

How to join a Zoom meeting?

What are the basic controls in Zoom?

How to use chat and reactions in Zoom?

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