Zoom Tips and Tricks

The usage of Zoom has gone up exponentially and most of us have probably used it one time or another while working remotely. Some new features have been added, including a Zoom add-in right on Outlook, to make scheduling and attending online meetings simple. Below are some tips to enhance your Zoom experience.

Log in to Zoom

Make sure to properly log in to Zoom. If you’re not logged into your UND Zoom account, you will be listed as a guest in Zoom meetings and some features may be unavailable (such as attendance and participation tools, and extended meeting sessions). For more information, see Connecting to a Zoom Meeting that Requires Log In.

Customize Your Chat Message

You can customize a personal chat message for your profile! It's a short note that appears at the top of your chat profile, and is visible to anyone who can see your profile page. You can change this text as often as you like, so it's perfect for communicating anything that changes frequently, such as current status. It may also be used to share a personal note, list a job title, or provide more detailed information about your availability; if you will be away from the computer for a while, you can let others know when you'll be back.

Change Your Background

The virtual background feature allows you to display an image or video as your background during a Zoom Meeting. You can learn more using Zoom’s step-by-step guide to changing your Zoom background on the desktop and mobile app.  The basic steps are to go to Settings > Virtual Background and select or upload the image you want from there. UND Marketing and Communications has created some UND Themed Zoom Backgrounds for faculty, staff, and students to utilize during meetings and synchronous class sessions.  Make sure that your system meets all of the requirements to do so. Note: this is a desktop client setting.