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Tech Bits: Relax into Your Meeting with 3 Zoom Tips


Wednesday, April 14, 2021

Need your meeting to go smoothly and want to feel comfortable too? Try these three tips to customize your Zoom settings.

Sharing a video in the meeting but no one can hear the sound?
Here's how to fix that:

  1. If you want to share a video on a website, like YouTube, open the video window to have it ready.
  2. Then, to share it during the meeting, click anywhere on the Zoom screen and then click Share Screen.
  3. On the screen that shows your screens and open windows, go to the bottom and click the two boxes next to Share sound and Optimize for video clip.
  4. Next, select your screen or window with the video, click Share and then start the video.

Need time to compose yourself before you jump on a meeting?
Try this:

  1. Go to your list of desktop applications (click the Windows icon in the bottom left or, on the Mac, go to Finder/Applications) and click Zoom or (Mac). If you don't see Zoom listed as an application, you can download the Zoom Client for Meetings.
  2. Once Zoom is open, click the profile icon with your initials or your photo at the top right.
  3. Next, click Settings.
  4. To give yourself some time before meeting participants can hear you, click Audio, then scroll down and click Mute my mic when joining a meeting.
  5. Next, to give yourself some time before meeting participants can see you, click Video, then scroll down and click Turn off or Stop my video when joining a meeting.
  6. Once you're in the meeting and ready, click once on the screen, go to the bottom left corner and click the microphone/Unmute to unmute your audio and click the camera/Start Video to appear on screen.

Not in an ideal location to participate in a meeting?
Blur your background:

  1. Follow steps 1 through 3 in the section right above.
  2. Next, click Background & Filters.
  3. Then, under Virtual Backgrounds, click Blur.

BTW, once you're in a meeting, you can also select the Blur background option. Just click once on the meeting screen, click the caret (^) next to Stop or Start Video at the bottom left, next click Choose Virtual Background, and then under Virtual Backgrounds, choose Blur.

Note, if you don't see Blur as an option, download the latest version of Zoom Client for Meetings. Blur was recently added.

If you still don't see the Blur after downloading the latest version, your computer processor may not meet Zoom requirements for using this option.

Looking to learn more?
Zoom holds frequent live seminars on various topics. To find out how to join in, see the Zoom Live Training page.