Proactive Computing | Optimizing IT for usability, performance and reliability since 1997

Category: #Zoom (Page 1 of 4)

Auto Added by WPeMatico

Watch “11 New Features in Microsoft Teams for 2021” on YouTube

Microsoft Teams is working hard to compete with Zoom and other online meeting and communication apps. If you have Office 365, you probably already have a license. New features are being added and glitches corrected all the time, so if you haven’t already done so, checkout Teams.

This video review spotlights some of the newest and most useful features recently added to Teams.

Zoom will lift its 40-minute limit on free meetings for Thanksgiving

1230c290-d58a-11ea-97ba-4290f62afdcfTo help families stay connected at a time when it’s not safe to travel, Zoom is lifting its usual 40-minute limit on free video chats for Thanksgiving. As spotted by The Verge, starting at midnight on November 26th through to 6 AM ET on November 27th…

Source: https://www.engadget.com/zoom-thanksgiving-limit-removal-222818303.html
Proactive Computing found this story and shared it with you.
The Article Was Written/Published By:

How to Share Audio in Zoom

This wikiHow will teach you how to share music or other audio from your computer in a Zoom meeting using the desktop client for Mac and Windows. You can’t use the mobile app to share audio this way. If you’re trying to share a video that contains audio, refer to How to Play a Video in a Zoom Meeting instead.

[Edit]Steps

  1. Host or join a Zoom meeting. If you need help to join a meeting that’s already in progress, refer to How to Join a Zoom Meeting on PC or Mac.
    Share Audio in Zoom Step 1.jpg
    • To host the meeting, open the desktop client, log in, and click New Meeting.
    • This will only work with the Mac or Windows Zoom desktop client and not while the host has multiple screen sharing enabled.
  2. Click . It’s a green button centered at the bottom of the application window.
    Share Audio in Zoom Step 2.jpg
  3. Click the tab. You’ll see it near the top of the pop-up window between Basic and Files.
    Share Audio in Zoom Step 3.jpg
  4. Click . It’s in the tile with the speaker icon. Click the question mark in the lower right corner of the tile to read more about what this option does.
    Share Audio in Zoom Step 4.jpg
  5. Click . Once you click Share, all the participants in your Zoom meeting will hear your computer sounds.
    Share Audio in Zoom Step 5.jpg
    • For example, if you open the Spotify app and play a song, everyone will hear what you’re playing without seeing your screen, but they will still hear the sound picked up by your microphone.[1]
    • Click the red Stop Sharing button at the top of your screen to stop sharing your computer sound.[2]

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

Source: https://www.wikihow.com/Share-Audio-in-Zoom
Proactive Computing found this story and shared it with you.
The Article Was Written/Published By:

How to Mute or Unmute on Zoom

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.

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Muting and Unmuting Yourself

  1. 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.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 1.jpg
  2. 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.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 2.jpg
  3. 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.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 3.jpg
    • 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.

[Edit]Enabling and Using Push To Talk

  1. 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.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 4.jpg
    • You must have the Mac version 4.1.23108.0402/Windows version 4.1.23108.0402 or later to use this feature.
  2. 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.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 5.jpg
  3. Click . You’ll usually find this grey gear icon as the first option in the list under your name.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 6.jpg
  4. Click the tab. You’ll see this in the menu on the left side of the pop-up window.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 7.jpg
  5. 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.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 8.jpg
  6. Close those settings windows. Click the x or red dots to close the settings windows and return to your dashboard.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 9.jpg
  7. Join or start a new meeting. You can either click “New Meeting” or “Join” to initiate the meeting environment on your screen.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 10.jpg
  8. 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.
    Mute or Unmute on Zoom Step 11.jpg
    • When you release the spacebar, you’ll be muted again.[1]

[Edit]Tips

  • If you want to automatically mute yourself when you enter a meeting, you can click to check “Mute my microphone when joining a meeting” in the Audio tab of Settings.

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

Source: https://www.wikihow.com/Mute-or-Unmute-on-Zoom
Proactive Computing found this story and shared it with you.
The Article Was Written/Published By:

How to Join a Zoom Meeting on Android

This wikiHow teaches you how to join a Zoom Meeting on Android. Zoom meeting invitations are sent via email. Before you can accept an email invitation, you must download the Zoom app for Android.[1]

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Using an Email Invite

  1. Open the Google Play Store . It’s the app that has an icon that resembles a colorful ‘play’ triangle.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 1.jpg
  2. 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.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 2.jpg
  3. Tap . It’s in the list of apps that match your search. This displays the app info page for Zoom Cloud Meetings.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 3.jpg
  4. 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.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 4.jpg
  5. Check your email. Zoom meeting invites are typically sent via email, so check there for your meeting invite.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 5.jpg
  6. Open the email invitation. Zoom email invitations typically have “Please join Zoom meeting in progress” as the subject.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 6.jpg
  7. 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.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 7.jpg
  8. 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.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 8.jpg
    • If asked to allow Zoom to use your phone’s microphone and camera, tap Allow.

[Edit]Using a Meeting ID Number

  1. 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:
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 9.jpg
    • 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.
  2. 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.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 10.jpg
  3. 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.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 11.jpg
  4. 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.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 12.jpg
  5. 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.
    Join a Zoom Meeting on Android Step 13.jpg
    • 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”.

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

Source: https://www.wikihow.tech/Join-a-Zoom-Meeting-on-Android
Proactive Computing found this story and shared it with you.
The Article Was Written/Published By:

How to Stay Connected Using Zoom

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!

[Edit]Steps

[Edit]Creating a Zoom Account

  1. 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.[1]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 1.jpg
  2. 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.[3]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 2.jpg
    • 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.
  3. 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.[4]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 3.jpg
  4. 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.[5]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 4.jpg
  5. 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.[6]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 5.jpg
    • 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.

[Edit]Spending Time with Friends and Family

  1. 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.[7]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 6.jpg
    • 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.
  2. 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.[8]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 7.jpg
    • Use this time to blow off steam and chat about your lives.
  3. 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.[9]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 8.jpg
    • 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.
  4. 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:[10]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 9.jpg
    • Host a book club meeting.
    • Discuss ideas and recipes for brewing your own beer.
    • Knit.
    • 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.
  5. 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:[11]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 10.jpg
    • 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.
  6. 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.[12]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 11.jpg
    • 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.

[Edit]Working and Connecting with Coworkers

  1. 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.[13]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 12.jpg
    • Zoom has a lot of options ranging from plain backgrounds to destinations.
  2. 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.[14]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 13.jpg
    • 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.
  3. 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.[15]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 14.jpg
    • There’s also a chat function in the meeting if members prefer to send each other typed messages while they’re collaborating.
  4. 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.[16]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 15.jpg
    • You can also record your webinar so people can watch the presentation later if they miss it.
  5. 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:[17]
    Stay Connected Using Zoom Step 16.jpg
    • 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.
    • Introduce your pets to each other.

[Edit]Tips

  • Try out different types of events so you and the people important to you feel like you have active social lives.
  • Make sure the times you pick work for everyone in your group. Some of your friends may still be working, so choose a time that works for them.
  • Don’t give up on Zoom if the first few meetings are a bit rocky. It may take time for everyone to learn how to best use this tool for staying connected.

[Edit]References

  1. https://zoom.us/freesignup/
  2. https://zoom.us/signup
  3. https://zoom.us/freesignup/
  4. https://zoom.us/download?zcid=1231
  5. https://zoom.us/freesignup/
  6. https://zoom.us/freesignup/
  7. https://bestlifeonline.com/long-distance-date-ideas/
  8. https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-19/stay-virtually-connected-with-friends
  9. https://bestlifeonline.com/long-distance-date-ideas/
  10. https://thewirecutter.com/blog/coronavirus-socializing-online/
  11. https://thewirecutter.com/blog/coronavirus-socializing-online/
  12. https://www.latimes.com/lifestyle/story/2020-03-19/stay-virtually-connected-with-friends
  13. https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/09/working-from-home-tips-to-meet-like-a-pro/
  14. https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/09/working-from-home-tips-to-meet-like-a-pro/
  15. https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/09/working-from-home-tips-to-meet-like-a-pro/
  16. https://blog.zoom.us/wordpress/2020/03/04/best-practices-for-hosting-a-digital-event/
  17. https://thewirecutter.com/blog/coronavirus-socializing-online/

Source: https://www.wikihow.com/Stay-Connected-Using-Zoom
Proactive Computing found this story and shared it with you.
The Article Was Written/Published By:

How to Play a Video in a Zoom Meeting

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.

[Edit]Steps

  1. Join or host a Zoom meeting. For more information on joining a meeting, refer to How to Join a Zoom Meeting on PC or Mac.
    Play a Video in a Zoom Meeting Step 1.jpg
    • If you want to host the meeting, open the desktop client, log in, and click New Meeting .
  2. Click . It’s a green button centered at the bottom of the application window.
    Play a Video in a Zoom Meeting Step 2.jpg
  3. 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.
    Play a Video in a Zoom Meeting Step 3.jpg
  4. 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.[1]
    Play a Video in a Zoom Meeting Step 4.jpg
  5. Click . Once you share the selected screen, the participants in the Zoom meeting will see what you’ve selected.
    Play a Video in a Zoom Meeting Step 5.jpg
    • 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.[2]

[Edit]References

[Edit]Quick Summary

Source: https://www.wikihow.com/Play-a-Video-in-a-Zoom-Meeting
Proactive Computing found this story and shared it with you.
The Article Was Written/Published By:

Facebook’s Portal adds support for Netflix, Zoom and other features

Facebook announced this morning it’s bringing a number of new features and services to its family of Portal devices, including support for Netflix and Zoom. The company will also introduce easier ways to launch Netflix and other video streaming apps via one-touch buttons on its new remote, in addition to expanding its selection of its stories offered through its Story Time feature, adding new ways to use AR effects, and introducing Spanish-language voice control, among other things.

Portal TV, the media device that works with your TV at home, today offers access to a range of streaming services, including Amazon Prime Video, Showtime, and Sling TV. But, until now, one of the most important streaming services — Netflix — had been missing. Facebook says Netflix will now be introduced to Portal TV in all countries where Portal is sold.

It will also introduce a new remote that will include one-touch buttons for launching streaming apps, like Prime Video, Netflix, and its own Facebook Watch. This will ship with new Portal TV devices starting today and will be sold in stores in the coming weeks.

The news of Portal TV’s Netflix integration follows shortly after Amazon’s September announcement that it would support the popular streaming service on its own Amazon Echo Show smart displays, three years after the Echo Show line’s original debut. Google, too, recently added Netflix to its smart display lineup, with support arriving on its Nest Hub and Hub Max earlier this year.

The timing of these updates hint that negotiations with Netflix over smart display integrations had been taking place industry-wide, as Netflix worked to make to make its service available across the various platforms.

Image Credits: Facebook

Facebook will also bring Zoom to its Portal devices for video-calling. Back in August, the communications service had announced its plans to support smart displays, including Echo Show and Google Nest Hub Max, as well as Portal from Facebook.

With Portal support, Zoom users will be able to host a video call with up to 25 people on the screen, while leveraging the device’s high-fidelity sound and its AI-powered Smart Camera for hands-free calling. The support will be adding to Portal Mini, Portal, and Portal+ in all regions where the device is sold.

Image Credits: Facebook

As previously announced at Facebook Connect, the company is also expanding its collection of interactive stories in its Story Time library with more diverse content. New stories include Thank You, Omu!A Kids Book About Belonging, and Grandma’s Purse. Plus, AR features are being added to  Dr. Seuss stories, including Hop on PopMr. Brown Can Moo! Can You?The Foot Book, and There’s a Wocket in my Pocket! These will roll out sometime this fall.

Portal’s AR features are getting an update, too. Users will be able to control AR effects in Photo Booth using their voice and the “Hey Portal” command to send themed cards and take photos and video with AR effects to send to friends and family.

“Hey Portal” will also now work in U.S. Spanish, in addition to English, with more languages expected to come in the future. On-screen text on Portal can be displayed in French, Spanish, Italian, and English, however.

Techcrunch?d=2mJPEYqXBVI Techcrunch?d=7Q72WNTAKBA Techcrunch?d=yIl2AUoC8zA Techcrunch?i=Gp1pa46Typg:WpVe5YOksZY:-BT Techcrunch?i=Gp1pa46Typg:WpVe5YOksZY:D7D Techcrunch?d=qj6IDK7rITs

Source: https://techcrunch.com/2020/10/06/facebooks-smart-display-portal-adds-support-for-netflix-zoom-and-other-features/
Proactive Computing found this story and shared it with you.
The Article Was Written/Published By: Sarah Perez

How to Use a Virtual Background in Zoom for Android

zoom-android-background-hero.png
If you’re one of the millions of people that have used Zoom for video conferencing, you know that virtual backgrounds are a big deal. These virtual backgrounds can replace the real background behind you. The Android app can also use this feature, here’s how to do it.

Read This Article on How-To Geek ›

Source: https://www.howtogeek.com/691950/how-to-use-a-virtual-background-in-zoom-for-android/
Proactive Computing found this story and shared it with you.
The Article Was Written/Published By: Joe Fedewa

« Older posts