Using Zoom

If you don't have the Zoom app on your computer, go to zoom.us and sign-up. It is free and will make it much easier for you to join meetings.

Do you have the latest version?

In the Zoom App, click on your profile photo to see the options menu.

Zoom profile

Options menu - click on "Check for Updates"

Zoom options

How to control Zoom

Zoom control panel. Keep this in mind - we'll be referring to it below

Zoom controls

This control panel will be bottom centre on a PC when you hover your mouse anywhere onscreen - you may not see every icon

Settings

In the Zoom App, click on the cog icon to see your current settings

It is worth spending a few minutes updating the settings on Zoom. For example, you might want to keep the control panel at the bottom of the page, visible at all times rather than when hovering the mouse over the screen.

Zoom settings

Join a meeting

When you are sent access codes to join a Zoom meeting, they will be in the form:

Time: Mar 20, 2021 9:30 AM
Link: zoom.us/j/12345678901?pwd=aNhs392hHtsbcnk6yyshsftsgbc
Meeting ID: 123 4567 8901
Passcode: secret

When you click on the link or start your Zoom App to join a meeting you will see this dialogue box. 

Zoom your name

Enter the Meeting ID and edit your name as appropriate for the meeting. For example:

Your name will be on your video image on Zoom for all participants to see. Please don't enter your forename only - you'd be surprised how many Dave's appear on the Zoom list of participants!

Please keep your microphone muted

If you are not speaking, please keep your microphone muted. It's surprising how the TV in the next room or passing traffic is picked up by your microphone, making it difficult for other participants to hear the meeting.

In a large meeting, your microphone may be muted by the hosts. You may be asked when you join, to allow the hosts to unmute you. Please allow this to save everyone shouting "You're muted!".

Zoom allow unmute

Remember - you can be seen!

Even though you may not be on a particular screen, unless you turn off the video, you can be seen. Avoid hopping around and be mindful of what others can see behind you.

Change your view

You may change the way Zoom displays shared screens and participants using the View icon in the top right of the window. For District Convention you may wish to set it to "Side-by-side: Speaker".

Zoom view

How do I raise my hand using Zoom?

In a large meeting, if you physically raise your hand to ask a question you may not be seen because there will be multiple screens of participants. Zoom has a "Raise Hand" function, which puts your name at the top of the list of participants making it easier for the meeting hosts to see you.

Click on the Reactions icon to see this pop-up.

Zoom raise hand

More useful information

Reader's Digest has written an interesting article 55 of the Most Useful Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts that you may find helpful.

How do I join a Breakout Room?

Breakout rooms allow meeting participants to leave the main meeting and join others in, effectively, another Zoom meeting. 

Click on the Breakout Rooms icon on the Control Panel. You will see who is in a room and you simply click on "Join" to enter the room. You may return to the main meeting at any time. The hosts may close all meeting rooms and you will be asked to return to the main meeting.

Zoom join a room

Are you a Voting Delegate?

Please see our Voting Delegates page

Are you making a presentation?

Please see our Presenter's notes page