How to Use Zoom

Joining a Meeting
Navigating the Zoom Menu
Sharing Your Screen
Video Conferencing Etiquette
Get Zoom Help


Joining a Meeting

If this is your first time using Zoom, you will have to download the client.

Each meeting has a unique 9, 10, or 11-digit number called a meeting ID that will be required to join a Zoom meeting. If you have received an email or a meeting with a Zoom Meeting link, you can click on that URL to open the Zoom client.

You can also join meetings directly from the Zoom client.

  1. Open the Zoom Client.
  2. Click Join a Meeting and enter the meeting ID number, along with your display name.
  3. Select if you would like to connect audio and/or video and click Join.

For more information, visit this Zoom Support article: Joining a Meeting.


Navigating the Zoom Menu

Before your meeting, it would be helpful to become familiar with the Zoom Menu. Here are the main icons displayed during a Zoom Meeting:

  • Microphone: mute/unmute your microphone
  • Video: start/stop your device webcam which allows other participants to see you
  • Chat (chat bubble): join the chat discussion, pose questions, and post website URLs
  • Participants: view who else is in attendance and raise your hand
  • Share Screen: present content from your screen then stop sharing when finished
  • Leave Meeting: at the of the online class leaving the meeting

Zoom Menu of Actionable Icons


Sharing Your Screen

  1. Click the Share Screen button located in your meeting controls.
  2. Select the screen you want to share.
  3. Click Share.
  4. Once you are sharing, you can chose to pause or stop sharing your screen.

For more information, visit the Zoom Support article: How Do I Share My Screen?.


Video Conferencing Etiquette

  • Lighting your face more brightly than the background makes it easier to see you.
  • Keeping your head high in the picture frame conveys confidence. 
  • Dress appropriately: you are being seen!  
  • Physical movement and facial expressions matter, just as in a face-to-face context. 
  • Mics pick up ambient noise, so it’s best to keep your microphone muted until you're ready to speak.
  • Remember that when on-camera, other activities such as eating, drinking, flossing your teeth, and shuffling papers are extremely unflattering and distracting.
  • If you can't use video, upload a nice profile image of your face to your Zoom Account

Get Zoom Help