Getting Started With Zoom for Students
Posted by Marilyn Wetterer on 19 August 2020 10:52 AM

Zoom Guide for Students


Zoom is a video conferencing tool you will use to attend class and open office hours.

Needed Hardware to Get Started:

  • A computer, laptop, or mobile device with an internet connection

  • A microphone, speakers, and webcam (Usually these are integrated into a laptop and mobile device.)


Download and Launch the Zoom App:


  • Click the link or URL to the Zoom room posted by your professor.

  • You will be prompted to download the Zoom application.

  • Download the Zoom application.

  • Click the URL of the Zoom meeting again.

  • Launch Zoom application from your browser.

Zoom Mobile App:

The Zoom mobile app is available for both iOS and Android devices.


The Zoom Menu Bar:

The Zoom menu bar appears at the bottom of the Zoom window once the meeting begins. If you don’t see the menu bar, move your mouse slightly and the bar will appear. (The bar disappears after a few seconds when in full-screen mode.)


With the Zoom Menu Bar you are able to do the following:

  1. Mute/unmute your audio (not the audio of the participants). You can also select your audio input here by clicking the up arrow next to the microphone icon.

  2. Start/stop your video. You can also select your video input here by clicking the up arrow next to the video camera icon.

  3. Invite more people to join by email, IM, or meeting ID

  4. View the list of participants

  5. Share your desktop (everything you have open) or select a specific application.

  6. Send a message to one person (using private chat) or to all participants

  7. Record the meeting (if you have been granted permission)

  8. Leave or end the video meeting

Using Zoom Virtual Background:

The Virtual Background feature allows you to display an image or video as your background during a Zoom Meeting. 

This feature works best with a green screen and uniform lighting, to allow Zoom to detect the difference between you and your background. You can upload your own images or videos as a virtual background.


Zoom Desktop Client

  1. In a Zoom meeting, click the upward arrow (^) next to Start/Stop Video.

  2. Click Choose a virtual background.

  3. If prompted, click Download to download the package for virtual background without a green screen.

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