To Mute or Not to Mute...That Is The Question
Here is a helpful hint for muting/unmuting yourself when you are in your next Zoom meeting.
- Set yourself up on mute by clicking the microphone icon at the bottom left of the screen.
- When you wish to speak, press and hold the space bar on your keyboard. Your microphone will be on as long as you hold the space bar down.
- Lift up on the space bar to mute yourself once again.
Personally, I find this a simple and useful etiquette tool. You never know when the dog will bark, the door bell will ring, your device will go off or the kids will start screaming (yours or the kids down the street). In a group Zoom setting, it's only polite to mute yourself until you actually wish to speak.
Another cool tool in Zoom is "Pinning a Person". This can be useful when there is one speaker for the group. This can be done as follows:
- Go to the top right corner of the person's picture box
- Click on the three dots (...)
- Choose Pin (or Unpin)
"Pinning the Person" will bring them into the main picture frame. Unpinning them will return to the screen set up you have selected. This is local to your computer only.
Most Zoom meetings are set up so that the person speaking (active microphone) is the person that is highlighted. "Pinning" will allow you to decide who you want to look at regardless of whose microphone is active (if the dog barks or the kids scream). This is also useful if you don't like looking at yourself while speaking. You can "Pin" someone else to look at while you are speaking.