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2: Using Zoom

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  • Because this course is being run online and using a variety of web tools we are creating this section to allow you to find instructions on the class tools.  Much of this material is required for the lecture, but we are putting it in the lab as the lecture material can be printed, and this is online material is germane to this specific class and not a printed book.

    Email Notifications

    This class will use Zoom and you need to be logged in by 9:00 AM. I suggest you set up an email notification through your Google Calendar, and the following video shows you how to do that for the duration of the class (with the email containing the link being sent 10 minutes before class).


    Download and Install Zoom Client

    Go to

    Figure \(\PageIndex{0}\): Click on the downloaded file


    Run the .exe file you just downloaded to install Zoom client to your device.

    Register/Sign in


    In order to be preassigned to Zoom Breakout Rooms you must log in to the Zoom App.  So open the App, and log in

    Figure \(\PageIndex{1}\): You must sign in before attending class if you are to automatically be assigned to your breakout room. (Copyright; Bob Belford, screen capature)


    Enabling Dual Monitors

    If you have two or more monitors you can enable dual monitors which will allow you to share your screen and see someone else’s screen at the same time without constantly switching between them.

    1. Start the Zoom App on your computer.

    2. Click on the Settings icon in the top right corner of your Zoom window

    Figure \(\PageIndex{2}\): Look for the Settings icon 


    3. Edit your general settings to match the image below

    Figure \(\PageIndex{3}\): Check these four boxes.  NOTE: if you do this while you are in a Zoom group you need to exit the group, and then rejoin.  You also need to be logged into zoom and have the zoom app running.


    4. If you are the host you can enable multiple screen share so two people can share and see both shared screens at the same time

    Figure \(\PageIndex{4}\): The Host can enable multiple screen share during the Zoom call


    Remote control

    Sometimes you will need to be able to control someone else’s computer or you will need to give a permission to someone to control yours. It often happens during troubleshooting sessions.

    1. When someone is sharing their screen (let’s call that person Participant 1) navigate to the panel at the top and click View Options --> Request Remote Control

    Figure \(\PageIndex{5}\): When someone is sharing their screen you can request remote control


    4. Read the warning and click Request

    Figure \(\PageIndex{6}\): You will see this pop-up window every time you request remote control


    5. Participant 1 will be asked for their permission, and they have a choice to approve or decline it.

    Figure \(\PageIndex{7}\): Other participants can accept or deny your request


    6. If they give you the permission to control their screen you will see a yellow bar at the top pf the shared screen

    Figure \(\PageIndex{8}\): This yellow bar at the top will let you know when you are controlling someone's screen


    7. Participant 1 will see the green bar at the top of the shared screen while you are controlling it

    Figure \(\PageIndex{9}\): Green status bar will let the participant know who is controlling their screen


    7. Participant 1 can cancel control at any time by selecting Remote Control --> Abort or simply stopping the screen share

    Figure \(\PageIndex{10}\): Remote control can be canceled at any time 


    Breakout rooms

    During meetings the host might open Breakout Rooms. Depending on the settings participants might be moved to the breakout room automatically, or they will be asked to join the assigned Breakout Room. When you see this message click Join.

    Figure \(\PageIndex{11}\): Join the room when asked

    You will see two new options in your breakout room: Ask for help and Leave Room.

    Figure \(\PageIndex{12}\): You will have some new options available while you are in the Breakout Group


    Use Ask for Help button if you need Host’s help. When you click on it, you will see a new pop-up window.

    Figure \(\PageIndex{13}\): If you need the Host you can Ask for Help


    When you invite the Host to join your Breakout room they will see a notification. Keep in mind that the Host might be busy working with another group and may take a few minutes for them to join your room.

    Figure \(\PageIndex{14}\): If you are the host you will see this message when someone is asking for help


    If you need to leave the breakout or the meeting click on the Leave button and select the option you need.

    Figure \(\PageIndex{15}\): You can leave the room or the meeting by clicking on the Leave button


    If you leave the group, you will go back to the main room. The host may or may not be there. Please note that this option might be disabled by the Host.

    If you leave the meeting and then come back, you will join the main room by default and the Host will then have to assign you to one of the rooms.

    Contributors and Attributions

    • Elena Lisitsyna 


    Robert E. Belford (University of Arkansas Little Rock; Department of Chemistry). The breadth, depth and veracity of this work is the responsibility of Robert E. Belford, You should contact him if you have any concerns. This material has both original contributions, and content built upon prior contributions of the LibreTexts Community and other resources, including but not limited to:

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