Zoom is a software you can use on Mac or Windows, as well as a mobile app for Android and iOS phones/tablets. This wikiHow will teach you how to mute or unmute yourself as well as how to set up and use the Push to Talk feature. If you need to mute the entire Zoom meeting, you’ll need to mute all in Zoom.
Open Zoom and enter or start a meeting. You can mute and unmute yourself in meetings on any platform, including Mac, Windows, Android, and iOS.
Click or tap the microphone icon. You’ll see this in the bottom left corner of your screen. When the icon is red and has a line through it, your microphone is muted.
Click or tap the microphone icon again. If the previous action muted your microphone, this action mutes it. You can also see the section on using the Push to Talk feature to temporarily unmute yourself.
If you want to default your Zoom client to mute your microphone in every meeting you join, you can enable this setting in Settings > Audio.
Launch Zoom on your Mac or Windows desktop computer. The Push to Talk feature lets the attendee push the spacebar to speak but remain muted otherwise.
You must have the Mac version 4.1.23108.0402/Windows version 4.1.23108.0402 or later to use this feature.
Click your profile picture. You’ll see this circular image in the upper right corner of the application window. If you don’t have a profile picture, you’ll see the first letter of your name displayed.
Click . You’ll usually find this grey gear icon as the first option in the list under your name.
Click the tab. You’ll see this in the menu on the left side of the pop-up window.
Click to check the box next to “Press and hold SPACE key to temporarily unmute yourself.“ If this is checked, then attendees in your meeting will only be able to speak with the spacebar pressed, and they’ll be muted every other time.
Close those settings windows. Click the x or red dots to close the settings windows and return to your dashboard.
Join or start a new meeting. You can either click “New Meeting” or “Join” to initiate the meeting environment on your screen.
Press and hold the spacebar. When you press the Push to Talk button, you’ll see a large icon of a microphone on your screen to indicate that your microphone is activated. You won’t be able to use this, however, if the host prevented participants from unmuting themselves.
When you release the spacebar, you’ll be muted again.
Open the Google Play Store . It’s the app that has an icon that resembles a colorful ‘play’ triangle.
Type in the search bar. The search bar is at the top of the screen. This displays a list of apps that match your search.
Tap . It’s in the list of apps that match your search. This displays the app info page for Zoom Cloud Meetings.
Tap . It’s the green button on the right below the banner at the top of the app info page. This installs Zoom Cloud Meetings on your device.
Check your email. Zoom meeting invites are typically sent via email, so check there for your meeting invite.
Open the email invitation. Zoom email invitations typically have “Please join Zoom meeting in progress” as the subject.
Tap the Meeting URL. The URL is at the top of the email below the text that says “Join Zoom Meeting”. This displays a pop-up asking which app you want to open the URL with.
Select the Zoom app and tap . The first time you join a Zoom meeting invite, a pop-up displays asking you which app you want to use. Tap the Zoom app icon. It’s a blue icon with an image that resembles a video camera. Then tap Always to indicate that you always want to open Zoom invite URLs with the Zoom app. This opens the Zoom app with the meeting.
If asked to allow Zoom to use your phone’s microphone and camera, tap Allow.
Download and install the Zoom Cloud Meetings app. The Zoom Cloud Meetings app is available from the Google Play Store. Use the following steps to download and install Zoom Cloud Meetings:
Open the Google Play Store.
Type “Zoom Cloud Meetings” in the search bar.
Tap Zoom Cloud Meetings.
Tap Install below the Zoom Cloud Meetings bar.
Open Zoom Cloud Meetings. Once Zoom Cloud Meetings is installed, you can open it by tapping OPEN in the Google Play Store, or by tapping the Zoom icon on your Homescreen. It has a blue icon with a white image that resembles a video camera.
Tap the button. The Join button is the second button at the top of the screen. It’s a blue icon with a plus sign (+) in the middle.
Type the meeting ID number. Use the bar at the top to type the 9-digit meeting ID number without dashes. You can get this number from the meeting host, or from the email invitation.
Tap . It’s the button below the bar at the top of the screen. The button turns blue when you have entered a valid Meeting ID number. This joins the meeting.
To join without audio, tap the toggle switch next to “Don’t Connect To Audio” below the blue button.
If you don’t wish to be seen on camera when you join a meeting, tap the toggle switch next to, “Turn off my video”.
Staying home to fight the coronavirus pandemic likely makes you miss your friends and family. Additionally, you may be working from home to help limit the spread of the virus. Fortunately, you can use Zoom to connect with your friends and coworkers. With a free account, you can have an unlimited amount of 40-minute long face-to-face video meetings with up to 100 participants. When your 40-minute meeting ends, create another one if you want to keep the party going!
Enter your email to sign up for a free account. Go to Zoom’s website and enter your email account in the space provided. Click on the button that says “Sign up, It’s Free” to get an email sent to your account.
You can also sign up using your Google account or Facebook account.
Open the Zoom email to create your account. Go to your email and click on the email sent by Zoom. Follow the instructions in the email to verify your account. Provide your name and a password to complete your free profile.
If you want more features, you can upgrade your account for $14.99 a month. However, a free account is all you need to stay connected with the people you care about.
Download the Zoom meetings software to your computer and devices. After you have an account, visit the Zoom download’s page to access the free software. Look at the top of the webpage for Zoom Client for Meetings. Then, click the “download” button to install it on your computer, tablet, and/or mobile phone.
Sign in to your Zoom account. Go back to the Zoom website and click on the “Sign In” link in the top right corner. Enter your email and password to sign into your free account. You can now use Zoom meetings to connect with your friends, family, or coworkers.
Check that your webcam and mic are working. You’ll need a webcam and mic on your device to participate in a Zoom meeting. Test yours out to make sure they work.
If you don’t have a working webcam and mic, you can purchase an external cam and/or headset to make Zoom functional for you.
Host a Zoom dinner party. Schedule a time for your dinner party, then set up a meeting in Zoom. Send all of your invitees a link to your meeting and tell them when to log on. Ask each person to prepare their meal in time to join the group dinner party.
For households with multiple members, ask them to place their computer, tablet, phone or webcam at the end of the table so each family member is visible in the feed.
If you’re doing a family party, you might encourage everyone to make a cherished family recipe.
Enjoy a drink together like old times using a Zoom meeting. If you’d normally meet up with your friends for happy hour or drinks on the weekend, move your social hour online instead. Choose a time that works for all of your friends, then create a meeting in Zoom and send everyone the link. Gather around your computers, tablets, or phones at the designated time and sip on your favorite beer, wine, or cocktails.
Use this time to blow off steam and chat about your lives.
Schedule a movie night over Zoom. Like many people, you’re probably watching a lot of TV shows and movies right now. Make your TV time more fun by sharing it with friends or family. Pick a movie or TV show to watch together, then host a watch party over Zoom. Encourage each person to snack on their favorite popcorn or candy for added fun.
Share your reactions to the movie or TV show with your friends or family.
Show each other your snacks or treats.
Discuss the movie or TV show afterwards.
Use Zoom to discuss or participate in a shared interest or hobby. You and your friends or family members likely have some shared interests you can explore on Zoom. Talk to your friends and family about what interests or hobbies they’d like to discuss or do together. Tell everyone what the topic will be before the meeting so they can be prepared. Here are some ideas:
Host a book club meeting.
Discuss ideas and recipes for brewing your own beer.
Play improv games.
Do a reading of a play.
Build Lego projects.
Draw or paint together.
Share and critique stories or poems.
Discuss your pets or children.
Play a role-playing game, online game, or board game together. You might think game nights are out of the question right now, but it’s totally possible to host one online. Pick a game with your friends or family members, and schedule a time for game night. Here are some ideas for games you could play:
Role-playing games are easy because only the game master needs to have the materials.
Online games also work well if everyone has a gaming account.
Tabletop games can work if everyone has the same game. You could also play a game that uses dice if everyone has a set of dice. Have one person move all of the pieces on the board, but let each player roll their own dice.
If someone has access to Jackbox games, everyone can play using the shared-screen function.
Host a karaoke night using a Zoom meeting. Singing karaoke together can take your online party to the next level. Ask each invitee to look up their favorite karaoke songs on YouTube. Then, have the person singing share their screen so everyone can see the song lyrics during the performance.
You can choose to skip the screen sharing part if you prefer.
Treat this like any other karaoke night by enjoying the drinks and snacks you’d usually consume with your friends or family.
Use a virtual background to hide your home if you like. You don’t need to worry about whether or not your house is clean or your kids are running around. If you’re concerned about people seeing inside your home, activate a Zoom virtual background. Other users will see the virtual background behind you instead of what’s really there.
Zoom has a lot of options ranging from plain backgrounds to destinations.
Mute and unmute yourself as needed to help protect your privacy. During your work meetings, it’s easy to mute and unmute your mic using either your mouse or your space bar. Simply click on the “mute” button or press the space bar.
The mute function is great for blocking out noise from your children or pets. Plus, your work group can limit background noise if people mute when they aren’t talking.
Host work meetings on Zoom so employees can collaborate. Schedule your work meetings with coworkers, then send everyone a link to the Zoom meeting. While in a Zoom meeting, users can do screen sharing to boost collaboration. It’s even possible for multiple team members to share their screens with each other so all team members can see the same information.
There’s also a chat function in the meeting if members prefer to send each other typed messages while they’re collaborating.
Do a webinar if you’re conducting a slide presentation. Zoom’s webinar function works best for slide presentations because this format puts the focus on your presentation and shares it to each viewer’s screen. You’ll still be able to see your attendee’s faces along the side bar during the presentation. Additionally, attendees can still make comments.
You can also record your webinar so people can watch the presentation later if they miss it.
Socialize on Zoom to help maintain work relationships. You probably miss hanging out with your coworkers, and Zoom can help with that, as well. In addition to work meetings and webinars, schedule social meetups on Zoom so you and your coworkers can stay connected. Here are some ideas:
Schedule a weekly “lunch” with your coworkers using a Zoom meeting.
Enjoy a “happy hour” on Zoom.
Host a casual networking event or “get to know” you party.
Do a training or continuing education program together.
This wikiHow will teach you how to play a video in a Zoom meeting so all the participants will see and hear it. It’s a particularly useful tool for teachers presenting a video in a lesson. For the best results, you should use the desktop client to screen share your video. Using the mobile app to share video may result in the loss of audio.
If you want to host the meeting, open the desktop client, log in, and click New Meeting .
Click . It’s a green button centered at the bottom of the application window.
Check the box next to “Optimize Screen Sharing for Video Clip.“ When you click this box, the box next to “Share computer sound” checks off too, which will ensure your audience hears the video sound.
Click a window or application to share. You’ll see all the screens you can share, including your Zoom screen and any tabs and windows you have open in a web browser, like YouTube.
Click . Once you share the selected screen, the participants in the Zoom meeting will see what you’ve selected.
For example, if you selected a YouTube page in the previous step, the participants in the Zoom meeting will see the YouTube page in your web browser. You can click the full-screen icon in the bottom right corner of the YouTube video to make it full-screen.
When you want to stop sharing, click Stop Share at the top of your screen.
Blockchains are less buzzworthy than they were a couple of years ago, and for good reason — the price you pay for a blockchain’s immutability compared to the price of a database plus human oversight isn’t worth it. Jesse Frederik wrote about the decline of blockchains for The Correspondent:
Out of over 86,000 blockchain projects that had been launched, 92% had been abandoned by the end of 2017, according to consultancy firm Deloitte.
Technically, they are “sigh,” “face in clouds,” and “face with spiral eyes,” but it’s pretty clear how these will be used out in the wild. Emojipedia has the full list in addition to these renderings of what the finals may look like. — Read the rest
Zackrydz Rodzi, a student in Batu Pahat, Malaysia, woke up on Saturday to find his mobile phone missing. He finally located it the following day after hearing it ring in a jungle area behind his home. Zackrydz’s uncle joked that perhaps there was a photo of the thief on the phone. Turns out, he was right. From the BBC News:
Unlike some parts of the world where monkeys live in or near urban areas, there is no history of monkeys stealing things from houses in the local neighbourhood, said the student. He suspects the monkey may have entered the house through his brother’s open bedroom window.
Something yang korang takkan jumpa setiap abad. Semalam pagi tido bangun bangun tengahari phone hilang. Cari cari satu rumah geledah sana sini semua takde then last last jumpa casing phone je tinggal bawah katil tapi phonenya takde. Sambung bawah. pic.twitter.com/0x54giujnY
The newly-released Microsoft Flight Simulator has been made fun of for some peculiar generative results of its world-spanning simulation of planet Earth, but it is a stunningly realistic experience all the same. This video compares the in-game graphics to footage shot from drones, and it’s a very effective advertisement.
And no, it does not let you execute fiery, spectacular crashes. The world just goes black:
Planning a long trip with numerous stops? This wikiHow will teach you how to add multiple destinations in Google Maps in the mobile app and your computer. You can create a map with multiple destinations for drives, walks, and bike rides.
Open Google Maps. This app icon looks like a multicolored map pin that you’ll find on one of your Home screens, in the app drawer, or by searching.
Tap . You’ll see this blue Directions button in the lower right corner of your screen and will start Directions mode, which will prompt you for a starting location and destination.
The process for adding multiple destinations is the same for both iOS and Android.
Enter your starting location. By default, Maps will use your device’s current location. You can enter any location by tapping the “Your location” text field and then entering a custom one.
Tap “Choose on map” to place a pin on the map you want to use as your starting location. Drag and zoom the map underneath the pin to position it.
Tap “Choose destination” and enter your first destination. You can type the address, search for a business or place, or tap “Choose on map.” If you tap “Choose on map,” you can pan and zoom the map to place a pin for your destination.
Ensure that you have driving, cycling, or walking selected. Multiple destinations are not supported for transit or rides.
Tap the (Android) or (iOS) button. This three-dot button appears after you have entered your starting location and your destination, a route is shown on the map, but before you’ve tap Start.
Tap . This will add a new line underneath your first destination.
If you don’t see this option, your device may be too old to support the feature.
Enter in the second destination. You can search for a location or address, or tap “Choose on map” to place a pin.
Continue adding more stops (if needed). You can add up to nine destinations. Each time you add a destination, a new “Add stop” line will appear underneath until the limit is reached.
To rearrange your stops, you can drag and drop the two-line place-holder icons that are displayed to the right of the stop’s address.
Tap . You’ll see this blue text to the right of the estimated trip time, below the list of stops you’ve added.
Tap . You’ll see this at the bottom of your screen and will start navigation.
Go to https://www.google.com/maps on your computer. The Google Maps site allows you to create maps with up to nine additional destinations.
Click the Directions button on the right side of the search box. This will open the sidebar and allow you to enter a starting location and your first destination.
Select your mode of transportation. Use the buttons along the top of the sidebar to select how you will be traveling. You can only set multiple destinations for driving, walking, and cycling. You cannot set multiple destinations for transit or airplanes.
Enter your starting location. You can type an address, a business or landmark, or click a spot on the map. Click the “My location” option at the top of the search results to use your computer’s current location. You may be prompted by your browser to allow Google Maps to see your location.
You must enter a starting location before you can add multiple destinations.
Enter your first destination. Click the “Choose destination” box and then enter a destination just like you did your starting point.
Click if you haven’t already. If you started by selecting your destinations first (i.e. by clicking a spot on the map or searching for a destination when you first opened the map), click the round “Directions” button and pick a starting location. You’ll need to be in “Directions” mode with both a starting location and a destination before you can add multiple stops.
Click the button below the destination. This will add a new destination line for your second destination.
Make sure that you have both a starting location and a destination set, or the “+” will not appear.
If you don’t see the “+” button, you may need to close “Route options.” You may also have the wrong travel method selected, as airplanes and transit do not support multiple destinations.
Add your second destination. After clicking the “+” button, enter in your second destination like you did the first. You’ll see your route adjust so that you’re taken to your second destination after reaching the first.
Repeat for additional destinations. You can continue to add destinations in this fashion until you’ve completed your trip. You can only specify a single method of transportation for the entire trip.
You can set up to ten total locations, including your starting point. If your trip has more destinations, you may have to create multiple maps for your trip.
Drag the dots next to each destination to reorder them. You can drag and release the dots next to each destination if you need to reorder your trip. The new route will automatically be calculated.
Click the route you want to use. If there are multiple possible routes for your trip, they’ll be listed below your destinations, along with the total travel time. Click the route to view the turn-by-turn directions.
You cannot send a trip with multiple destinations to your mobile device, so this option will be grayed out.
Click the “Print” button to send the map to your printer. You’ll have two options: printing with the map, or printing text directions only.
You can also click the Share button and send a link to the map to others via email.
Many of the employees also shared and signed an online petition calling on Ben Silbermann, Pinterest’s chief executive and co-founder, to change the company’s policies.
Then they logged off, staging a virtual walkout.
The series of actions were the latest in a growing employee movement of discrimination lawsuits, harassment accusations and walkouts over injustices across the tech industry and the investors who fund it.
The Pinterest accusations stand out because they include some of the highest-ranking executives at the $21 billion company. In a lawsuit this week, Françoise Brougher, Pinterest’s former chief operating officer, accused the company of sex discrimination, retaliation and wrongful termination. When she spoke up about a sexist remark from a colleague, she was fired, the lawsuit alleges. She followed the suit with a lengthy blog post, “The Pinterest Paradox: Cupcakes and Toxicity,” which was widely shared in tech circles.
“We know we have real work to do and recognize that it’s our job to build a diverse, equitable and inclusive environment for everyone,” says Pinterest.