Zoom: Video Settings on Mac or Windows Computer

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Published 04/20/2018 at 11:15pm UTC

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Here are instructions and tips for adjusting your video settings during your videoconference if you are using our Zoom platform on a Mac or Windows computer.  

 

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Select camera device

Your default camera should automatically be selected when the meeting starts, but you can change this device if you have multiple camera devices.

1. Click anywhere on the video window so the menu panel appears at the bottom. 

 

2. Click on the arrowhead to the RIGHT of the video camera icon, and a list of all detected cameras will appear. Click on the camera you would like to switch to.

 

If you do not see a video camera icon with "Start/Stop Video" underneath it, no camera driver was detected for your computer. 

 

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Turn off/on camera

Your default camera should automatically be selected when the meeting starts, but you can change this device if you have multiple camera devices.

1. Click anywhere on the video window so the menu panel appears at the bottom. 

 

2. Click on the camera icon to toggle between enabling and disabling the selected camera. If you see "Stop Video", that means your camera is currently turned on (image on the left). If you see "Start Video", that means your camera is currently turned off (image on the right).

"Stop Video" button to mute camera                 "Start Video" icon to turn on camera

 

If you do not see a video camera icon with "Start/Stop Video" underneath it, no camera driver was detected for your computer. If you see "Stop Video" but only see a black screen where your video should be, another application may be using your camera device. 

 

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Enter/exit full screen

1. Click anywhere on the video window so the menu panel appears.

 

2. In the upper right hand corner of the screen, click on the icon of four arrows going outward to fullscreen, or the icon of four arrows going inward to exit full screen.

  • Or use the keyboard shortcut: ALT+F

Enter full screen         Exit full screen

 

 

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Minimize/unminimize video

You can minimize your video window if it is getting in the way by clicking on the icon that looks like an underscore, in the upper right hand corner of the video window. (If you do not see this underscore, you may have to exit fullscreen first.) 

Minimize icon

 

This will shrink the video windows down to the small box that displays the active speaker. To un-minimize your video window, move your cursor over the small box and click on the icon that looks like a box with an arrow coming out of it (left). If you've minimized the video window and removed the displayed video, you'll only see the toolbar, but it will still have the option to exit minimized video (right).

Un-minimize          Minimized with video window hidden

 

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Speaker View

Speaker View is the default view for a videoconference--it shows the participant actively speaking as a large video window, and all other participants are in smaller video windows gathered at the top of the application window.

  • Exception: you will not appear as Active Speaker for yourself. When you speak, the Active Speaker will appear (on your screen) to be the last person that spoke, rather than show a large video window of yourself.  

Speaker View example

 

If you are on Gallery View and want to change to Speaker View, click anywhere on the video window, and then click on the "Speaker View" button that appears in the upper right hand corner of the video window. 

Speaker View button

 

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Gallery View

Gallery View shows all participant video feeds the same size as one another.

Gallery view example, three equal-sized video windows

 

If you are on Speaker View and want to change to Gallery View, click anywhere on the video window, and then click on the "Gallery View" button that appears in the upper right hand corner of the video window. 

Gallery View button

 

 

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Hide/show yourself (to yourself)

If you would not like to see yourself during a session, you can hide yourself. (This will not hide your video feed for other participants.)

 

To hide yourself, click anywhere on your video window (the one showing yourself), and then click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner. Select "Hide Myself" from the menu that appears. 

Hide myself

 

 

To unhide yourself, click on any other participant's video window, and then click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner. Select "Unhide Myself" from the menu that appears. 

Show Myself option

 

 

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Pin video

If you are in a group session and would like to be able to always see one person's video as large, and the other participants as smaller windows, you can pin that person's video window to your screen. This will not affect the view for anyone else in the session. 

 

To pin a video window, click anywhere on their video window (the one showing the participant you want to pin), and then click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner. Select "Pin video" from the menu that appears. 

Option to Pin Video

 

 

To unpin a video window, click on the "Unpin Video" in the upper left hand corner of the pinned video. 

Unpin Video button

 

 

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Request camera control

If another participant has a PTZ camera, you can request remote control of it. 

 

To request control, click anywhere on their video window, and click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner. Then select "Request Camera Control" from the list that appears. 

Request camera control 

 

The participant will see a request message, and must click "Approve" to grant you access to their camera. 

Notification: Lucy van Pelt requested to control your camera. Options: Approve, Decline

 

 

You will automatically change to speaker view, and camera controls will appear on the video window. 

  • If they have multiple cameras, you will see a "Switch Camera" button along the top of their video window:
    Switch Camera button

  • If they have pan, tilt, and/or zoom capability, you will see those controls in the lower right hand corner of their video window:
    Zoom and pan/tilt controls

 

 

If you would like to stop controlling the camera, switch back to Gallery View, and then click anywhere on their video window. Click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner, and select "Give Up Camera Control". 

"Give Up Camera Control" option 

 

 

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General settings

There are different general settings that you can edit for yourself.

1. Click anywhere on the video window so the menu panel appears at the bottom. 

 

2. Click on the arrowhead to the RIGHT of the video camera icon, and then click on "Video Settings". 

Caret icon and then "Video Settings"

 

3. In the window that appears, click on the "General" option in the upper left hand corner.  

List of options: General, Audio, Video, Statistics, Accessibility

 

 

4. A new window will appear with the general settings as checkbox-options: 

  • Application:
    • Start Zoom when I start Windows (Windows computers only, but leave this disabled.)
    • Silently start Zoom when I start Windows (Windows computers only, but leave this disabled.)
    • When closed, minimize window to the notification area instead of the task bar. (Windows computers only.)
    • Automatically copy Invitation URL to Clipboard after meeting starts (Irrelevant; the host invites new participants from their SecureVideo dashboard.)
    • Confirm with me when I leave a meeting: controls whether or not the confirmation message appears when you click "Leave/End Meeting".
    • Show my connected time (Irrelevant.)
  • Content Sharing:
    • Use dual monitors: this will display your video session in two duplicate windows instead of a single window. 
    • Enter full screen automatically when starting or joining a meeting
    • Enter full screen automatically when viewing screen shared by others
    • Maximize Zoom window automatically when viewing screen shared by others
    • Scale to fit my Zoom window when viewing screen shared by others
    • Enable screen sharing with GPU acceleration (Windows computers only.)
    • Enable the remote control of all applications (Windows computers only.)
    • Side-by-side Mode: enables you to view shared screens in side-by-side mode.

 

 

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Video settings

There are different general video settings that you can edit for yourself.

1. Click anywhere on the video window so the menu panel appears at the bottom. 

 

2. Click on the arrowhead to the RIGHT of the video camera icon, and then click on "Video Settings". 

Caret icon and then "Video Settings"

 

3.  A new window will appear with a preview of your video feed, and a list of checkbox-options: 

  • Camera: this will show your selected camera, with a drop-down menu to allow you to choose other cameras.
    • 16:9 (Widescreen): a widescreen aspect ratio; selected by default if supported by your camera
    • Original ratio: 4:3 ratio, if that is the default supported by your camera
  • My Video
    • Enable HD: enable High Definition video; selected by default if supported by your camera. 
    • Enable mirror effect: allows you to view your video feed as if looking into a mirror. Does not mirror your video to other participants. 
    • Enable hardware acceleration: allows your computer to take on additional processing tasks to potentially increase video quality. (Windows computers only.)
    • Touch up my appearance: applies a slight blur to your video feed (e.g., smooth out skin coloring)
  • Meetings:
    • Display participants name on their video
    • Turn off my video when joining meeting
    • Hide Non-Video Participants: this would hide the blank window that appears for participants that join by telephony
    • Spotlight my video when I speak
    • Display up to 49 participants per screen in Gallery View: for large group meetings, you can increase the number of participants normally shown on a page before the applications begins to paginate. (By default, the number of participants will vary according to the size of your screen. For a normal desktop monitor ~16", this number is 25. Video windows decrease in size as you add more windows in Gallery View. This setting can only be enabled if your computer processor meets minimum requirements to bear the load.)

  

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Accessibility settings

You can view all keyboard shortcuts within the Zoom application.  

 

1. Click anywhere on the video window so the menu panel appears at the bottom. 

 

2. Click on the arrowhead to the RIGHT of the video camera icon, and then click on "Video Settings". 

Caret icon and then "Video Settings"

 

3. In the window that appears, click on the "Accessibility" option in the upper left hand corner. 

 

  • Always show meeting controls: Check this box to always display the meeting controls on the video window (instead of allowing them to fade, and neeting to click somewhere on the video window to bring them back)
    • Windows: You can also use the Alt key to show/hide meeting controls instead of clicking. 
    • Mac: You can also use the "Control + \" to show/hide meeting controls
  • Closed Caption Font Size: Slide scale to the desired size.
    • Only has an effect if host has enabled closed captioning, and assigned a participant to type captions as the meeting occurs.
  • Windows Keyboard Shortcuts:
    • Navigate among Zoom popup windows: F6
    • Change focus to Zoom meeting controls (at the top when sharing your screen, at the bottom when not sharing: Ctrl + Alt + Shift
    • View the previous 25 video participants in Gallery View: PageUp
    • View the next 25 video participants in Gallery View: PageDown
    • Toggle the 'Always show meeting controls' option in Settings/Accessibility: Alt
    • Switch to Speaker View: Alt+F1
    • Switch to Gallery View: Alt+F2
    • Start/Stop video: Alt+V
    • Mute/Unmute my audio: Alt+A
    • Mute/Unmute audio for everyone except host (available only to the host): Alt+M
    • Start/Stop share screen: Alt+S
    • Show/Hide windows and applications available to share: Alt+Shift+S
    • Pause/Resume Share (available only when you are sharing your screen): Alt+T
    • Start/Stop local recording: Alt+R (if enabled)
    • Start/Stop cloud recording: Alt+C (if enabled)
    • Pause/Resume recording: Alt+P (if enabled)
    • Switch camera: Alt+N
    • Enter/Exit full screen mode: Alt+F
    • Display/Hide chat: Alt+H
    • Display/Hide Manage Participants: Alt+U
    • Open the invite window: Alt+I
    • Raise/Lower Hand: Alt+Y
    • Gain remote control: Alt+Shift+R
    • Stop Remote Control: Alt+Shift+G
  • Mac Keyboard Shortcuts:
    • Mute/Unmute my audio: Command+Shift+A
    • Start/Stop video: Command+Shift+V
    • Switch camera: Command+Shift+N
    • Start/Stop share screen: Command+Shift+S
    • Pause/Resume share (available only when you are sharing your screen): Command+Shift+T
    • Start/Stop local recording: Command+Shift+R
    • Start/Stop cloud recording: Command+Shift+C
    • Enter/Exit full screen mode: Command+Shift+F
    • Switch to minimal window: Command+Shift+M
    • Mute audio for everyone except host (available only to the host): Command+Control+U
    • Unmute audio for everyone except host (available only to the host): Command+Control+U
    • Switch to speaker view: Command+Shift+W
    • Switch to gallery view: Command+Shift+W
    • View the previous 25 video participants in gallery view: Control+P
    • View the next 25 video participants in gallery view: Control+N
    • Display/Hide chat: Command+Shift+H
    • Display/Hide manage participants: Command+U
    • Raise hand/Lower hand: Option+Y
    • Gain remote control: Ctrl+Shift+R
    • Stop remote control: Ctrl+Shift+G

 

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Application Settings for Hosts

Host: mute/unmute a participant

As the host, you have the ability to mute or unmute other participants. (By default, the participant can still unmute or mute themselves after you have adjusted their settings.)  

 

To mute or unmute a participant, click anywhere on their video window, and click on the "Mute" (or if already muted, "Unmute") button that appears in the upper right hand corner.

Mute button            Unmute button

 

 

If you would like to prevent the participant from un-muting themselves, you can disable that setting. 

1. Click anywhere on the video window, and then click on the "Manage Participants" button that appears along the bottom. 

Manage Participants icon

 

 

2. When a new panel appears, click on the "More" option in the lower right hand corner, and then make sure that "Allow participants to unmute themselves" is not checked. 

"More" menu, "Allow participants to unmute themselves" option

 

 

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Host: enable/disable a participant's camera

As the host, you have the ability to turn off the camera for other participants. (The participant will not be able to turn their camera back on unless you enable it.

 

To disable a participant's camera, click anywhere on their video window, and click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner. Then select "Stop Video" from the list that appears. 

Stop Video option

 

To re-enable a participant's camera, click anywhere on their video window, and click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner. Then select "Ask to Start Video" from the list that appears. 

Ask to Start Video

 

The participant will see a pop-up appear asking them to start their camera. 

  • If they choose "Start My Video", the message will go away and their camera will turn on. 
  • If they choose "Later", the message will be dismissed without the camera turning on. 

Alert message: The host has asked you to start your video. Options: "Start My Video" or "Later"

 

 

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Host: rename a participant

A participant's name displays in the lower left hand corner of their video window. To change what displays here, you can rename the participant within the meeting. (Please note: this will NOT change the name that is used in the session history record, which always uses the contact name.)

 

To rename a participant mid-meeting, click anywhere on their video window, and then click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner. Then select "Rename" from the list that appears. 

Rename option 

 

 

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Host: spotlight

If you are in a group session (3 or more participants including yourself) and would like ALL participants to be able to always see one person's video as large, and the other participants as smaller windows, you can set a spotlight on that person's video. As the host, only you will be able to set or remove a spotlight.

 

To spotlight a person, click anywhere on their video window, and then click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner. Then select "Spotlight Video" from the list that appears. 

  • If you are on Speaker View, the three dots will appear on the person's video window at the top of the application window. Or, switch to Gallery View first. 

Spotlight Video

 

 

To remove the spotlight from that person, click on the "Cancel Spotlight Video" button in the upper left hand corner of their video window.

Cancel the Spotlight Video button

 

 

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Host: make another participant the host

You can make another participant host of the session, and they will have additional privileges.

 

To make another participant the host, click anywhere on their video window, and then click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner. Then select "Make Host" from the list that appears. 

Make Host option

 

 

1. They can transfer the host role back to you with the same steps, or you can reclaim it. Click anywhere on the video window, and then click on the "Manage Participants" button that appears along the bottom. 

Manage Participants icon

 

 

2. In the panel that appears, click on the "Reclaim Host" button in the lower right hand corner.  

Reclaim Host option

 

 

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Host: lock/unlock meeting

If you want to prevent additional participants from entering the meeting, you can lock it.

 

1. Click anywhere on the video window, and then click on the "Manage Participants" button that appears along the bottom. 

Manage Participants icon

 

 

2. When a new panel appears, click on the "More" option in the lower right hand corner, and then select "Lock Meeting". 

"More" menu, "Lock meeting" option

 

 

3. If new participants try to enter the meeting, they'll see a notification that the meeting has been locked by the host.

Notification message: This meeting has been locked by host. Option: Leave 

 

 

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Host: remove a participant

If you want to disconnect a current participant from the session, you can. However, unless you also lock the meeting afterward, they can just re-enter.

 

1. To remove a participant, click anywhere on their video window, and then click on the three dots that appear in the upper right hand corner. Then select "Remove" from the list that appears. 

Manage Participants icon

 

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This article was last reviewed by our Support team on April 26, 2018.