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


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