Zoom Tips

How to change your name

Hover your mouse over your own video feed and click the button in the top right corner. Select ‘rename’ and type your name as you would like it to appear. Please add your pronouns after your name.

Gallery and speaker view

There are two views available in every zoom meeting and you can toggle between them whenever you want. Speaker view enlarges the video of whoever is speaking at the time and switches between speakers as new people begin speaking. (If you want to stick with one person’s feed, even when new people start speaking, see the next tip.) Gallery view shows up to 25 meeting participants in a grid of video feeds. If more than 25 people are in the session, you can scroll between different subsets of participants.

When in speaker view you can switch to gallery view by clicking the speaker view button in the top right corner of the zoom window. When in gallery view you can switch to speaker view by clicking the gallery view button in the top right corner of the zoom window.

Pin a video

The faculty will sometimes use physical whiteboards to present ideas in shiur. If you would like to stay with their video feeds even when other participants are speaking, you can pin their video by hovering your mouse over their video feed, click thebutton in the top right corner, and select ‘pin video’.

Hide your own video

If you want to stop seeing your own video feed, hover your mouse over your own video feed, click the  ⋯  button in the top right corner, and select ‘Hide Self View’. Note well: Hiding self-view keeps your camera on and other participants will still be able to see you. If you want to turn your video feed off for everyone, turn off your video.

Turn off your video

In the toolbar at the bottom of the screen, click ‘stop video’.

Turning on closed captioning

Closed captioning will be available throughout our shiurim. To turn on captioning, select the CC button from the toolbar at the bottom of the window.

Unfortunately, chat notifications interfere visually with the closed captioning. To avoid this challenge, click the chat button in the toolbar to open the chat feed in a side panel, and thereby shut off the notifications.

Increase the size of the chat and captions

During a meeting you can increase the size of the chat by opening the chat window and pressing the ctrl and ‘=’ keys (on a PC) or command and ‘=’ key (on a mac).

To permanently increase the font size, open your Zoom application and log into your account. Click on the account icon in the top right corner of the screen and select ‘Settings’ from the menu. Select the ‘Accessibility’ tab. Move the slider to adjust the closed captions size. Below the example of the closed captions, you can choose how big you’d like your chat to be.

Controlling the size of a screen share

Facilitators will periodically use ‘screen share’ to share important information with you in writing. Screen share produces a split-screen effect in which you will see the shared content on the left pane and the speaker’s video feed on the right. You can control the size of these two panes by clicking the center of the bar separating the two panes and dragging left or right.

A screen shot of a zoom meeting with screen share on. The bar that controls the size of the shared screen is circled in red.