What tools are available in Zoom?


The host of the meeting has various controls that can be helpful during a meeting.The host controls will appear at the bottom of your screen if you are not currently screen sharing.

  • Mute/Unmute: This allows you to mute or unmute your microphone.
    • Audio controls (click ^ next to Mute/Unmute): The audio controls allow you to change the microphone and speaker that Zoom is currently using on your computer, leave computer audio, and access the full audio options in the Zoom settings.
  • Start/Stop Video: This allows you to start or stop your own video.
    • Video controls (click ^ next to Start/Stop Video): If you have multiple cameras on your computer, you can select which Zoom is using, access the full video controls, and select a Virtual Background.
  • Security: Access in-meeting security options.
  • Manage Participants: Opens the window to manage participants and invite others to join the meeting.
  • Polling: Allows you to create, edit, and launch your polls. The options to create or launch polls will open up the Zoom web portal in your default browser.
  • Share Screen: Start sharing your screen. You will be able to select the desktop or application you want to share. When you are screen sharing, the controls will appear at the top of your screen, but you can drag it to another location. 
    • Screen Share controls (click ^ next to Share Screen): Select who can share in your meeting and if you want only the host or any participant to be able to start a new share when someone is sharing.
  • Chat: Access the chat window to chat with the participants.
  • Record: Start or stop a cloud or local recording.
  • Closed Caption (only available to the host): If you have enabled closed captioning for your account, click here to access the closed caption options.
  • Breakout Rooms (only available to the host): Start breakout rooms.
  • More: Clicking on More will give you access to additional options.
  • End (only available to the host): Display the following two options.
    • End Meeting for All: End the meeting for yourself and all participants. 
    • Leave Meeting: Leave the meeting. You will be prompted to assign a host so that the meeting can continue.

For more information on Zoom check out the following FAQs:

How do I create my SFU Zoom account?

How do I join a meeting?

How do I schedule a meeting?


  • Last Updated May 15, 2020
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  • Answered By Misti Smith

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