Tips for New Zoom Users

If you’re doing your best to try Zoom to connect to UUC Worship, small groups, and meetings, here are some helpful tips to let you feel more comfortable using this technology:

  • Be sure to read the one-page instruction sheet that gives you an overview of equipment and set up you’ll need to connect to Zoom by computer, phone, or a combination. You can find it by clicking here.
  • If you’re having any problems with the sound (hearing or being heard), try a headset. The kind you have for your cell phone would work fine. Plug it in to the audio jack on your computer (usually it’s marked with an icon that looks like headphones). If all else fails, call in by phone. You can still use the computer for visuals, just remember to mute your computer sound and microphone or you’ll cause “feedback” noise for everyone.
  • Get to know the “mute” and “unmute” controls! When you’re in Zoom, bring your mouse down to the bottom of your Zoom screen. In the lower left corner, you’ll see a picture of a microphone. Click it to mute or unmute. A short cut is to hold down the space bar to temporarily unmute when it’s your turn to speak.
  • It’s polite to keep your mic muted throughout the meeting except when you’re talking – you’d be surprised to know how much sound your computer microphone or headset picks up!  
  • In the upper left corner of your Zoom screen you’ll find an option to use “Gallery view” to see all participants, or “Speaker view” to have the person speaking pop up as the primary view. Play with this to see which you like better.
  • Also down on that command bar at the bottom of your Zoom screen – bring your mouse down there, and it’ll pop up – you’ll find a “Chat” feature with a picture of a little word bubble like you see in a comic strip. Click that and you’ll get a pop-up window that lets you and others type in a short comment, links to resources, etc. This can be helpful to let the facilitator know you need something, or to say hello! At the very bottom of that Chat window, you’ll see a line saying “To” – click on the tiny down-arrow next to that to select “Everyone” or the participant you’d like to private message. Right below the “To” line is a place where you can write your message – it’ll expand as you type. When you press the “Enter” key, it’ll post.

If you’d really like some one-on-one help, email Jessica or call the church office (206-525-8400). We’ll set you up with a coach, or point you to an upcoming Intro to Zoom session online.