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Zoom: Quick Start Guide

Find out how to quickly start using Zoom to schedule your a web meeting.

This guide is for the Zoom desktop client. To use Zoom on mobile devices or as web plug-ins, follow the detailed topics links on the Zoom user guide.

Download and install Zoom

  1. Install Zoom from: Note: If you open this link from an iPhone or Android device the App store will open with Zoom for you to download and install.)
  2. Select Run in Internet Explorer. Select the Download icon in Google Chrome. See examples below.
    Internet Explorer installation screen shot
    Chrome installation screen shot
  3. If a User Account Control message pops up, select Yes
    User account control screen shot
  4. Follow any additional on-screen instructions to complete the installation.

Log in and start Zoom

  1. Log in by selecting the Sign In button
    Zoom sign in screen shot
  2. Sign in by selecting Sign In with SSO
    SSO sign in screenshot
  3. Type "UCSD" in the field box for the company domain and click Continue
    Enter domain name screenshot
  4. Sign in with Active Directory Account. Then enter your password. This should the user account and password used to sign in to your computer. Click Sign on
    Enter Active Directory credentials screenshot
  5. Your Zoom Control Panel will automatically appear.  It will look like the picture below:
    Zoom control panel screenshot

  6. If the Zoom Control Panel does not appear, it can be opened by going to your start menu and selecting Zoom.
    Start Zoom screenshot

Schedule a meeting

If you are not already signed in to Zoom:

  1. Open Zoom from your start menu or desktop
  2. Sign in to Zoom     
  3. Your Zoom control panel will display after logging in.
    Zoom control panel screenshot

Schedule your meeting

  1. Select Schedule to open the Zoom Meeting Scheduler
  2. Give your meeting a Topic
  3. Set the meeting Start Date and Duration
  4. Set Video (when joining a meeting) Host to On (optional)
  5. Set Participants to On (optional)
  6. Check Join before host (recommended - allows attendees to test invitation link, audio, and video in advance of meeting)
  7. Select the blue Schedule button
    Zoom schedule screen
  8. Immediately after selecting the blue Schedule button, an Outlook meeting invite will appear:
    Outlook screen from Zoom
  9. Add your recipients in the "To:" field and Send.

On the day of the meeting everyone will click on the Zoom link inside their calendar invite to join the meeting.

Note: The meeting link is ready immediately. We recommend that you have attendees test the meeting link by clicking the link and joining. If there are any problems, attendees can attempt to resolve them before the meeting starts.

If anyone invited to the meeting does not have a device, they can connect by dialing the phone number in the invitation.

Watch a video to learn more about scheduling options.

Keyboard shortcuts for common actions

Zoom Keyboard Shortcuts for the things you do all the time.

  • 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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