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Zoom: Navigating the Meeting Window

Learn how to navigate the meeting window in Zoom.

Zoom navigation window screenshot

Main content area

Displays the video feed (or chosen icon) of whoever is currently speaking, unless Share Screen is enabled (see below). Other user feeds will be displayed at the top of the page.

Bottom tool bar

Mute: Control your own audio output.

Start Video: Control your video output.

Invite: Use this advanced option if you want to invite users other than your site participants to participate in the meeting.

Manage Participants: Opens a pop-up window listing all participants. From this window you can:

  • mute participants
  • disable video
  • prevent other participants from sharing their screens
  • lock the meeting so no new participants can enter

Share Screen: Share your full desktop or specific windows. Starting Screen Share minimizes the main meeting window and highlights the window you are sharing (if you’re sharing a window and not the desktop). You can stop sharing at any time by clicking Stop Share.

Chat: Communicate with all participants or to send messages to specific participants by clicking on their name in the participants list.

Record: Clicking Record starts recording for the session. Recordings are stored locally on your computer in the folder set in Settings -> Recording. Participants will not be able to record sessions without the host’s permission. If a participant does record the session, the recording will be stored locally on the participant’s computer.

Keyboard shortcuts for common actions

  • Ctrl+Alt+Shift: Move focus to Zoom's meeting controls

  • Alt: Turn on/off the option “Always show meeting control toolbar” in Accessibility Settings
  • Alt+V: Start/Stop your Video
  • Alt+A: Mute/unmute your Audio
  • Alt+M: Mute/unmute everyone except host Note: For the meeting host only
  • Alt+S: Launch share screen window and stop screen share Note: Will only work when meeting control toolbar has focus
  • Alt+T: Pause or resume screen share Note: Will only work when meeting control toolbar has focus
  • Alt+R: Start/stop local recording
  • Alt+C: Start/stop cloud recording
  • Alt+P: Pause or resume recording
  • Alt+N: Switch camera
  • Alt+F: Enter or exit full screen
  • Alt+H: Display/hide In-Meeting Chat panel
  • Alt+U:Display/hide Participants panel
  • Alt+I: Open Invite window
  • Alt+Y: Raise/lower hand
  • Alt+Shift+T: Screenshot
  • Ctrl+2: Read active speaker name 

“HUM A Victorious Song” and start your meetings with Alt+ H, U, M, A, V, S.

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