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Safely Visit with Family and Friends Using ZOOM

Getting Started

Download Zoom

Although we will only be concerned with using Zoom on your PC, Zoom is a program that runs on your computer, smartphone, or tablet. You must first download Zoom from their website and the free version should serve all of your needs.

  • On the Download Center of the Zoom website, click on the blue “Download” button for the “Zoom Client for Meetings” program.

  • After Zoom is downloaded, you must install it onto your computer.
  • Click the file called ZoomInstaller.exe to install the program.

Join a Zoom Meeting

The easiest way to join a Zoom visit is to have one of your family members send you an email invitation. Click the link that says, “Join a Meeting”. If this is the first time you’re using Zoom, this link will take you to the Zoom website where you can download the program as described above.

Hardware Required for a Zoom Meeting

You will need the following equipment:

  • PC or laptop
  • Camera
  • Microphone
  • Speakers

Most modern PCs or laptops might already have most or all of these items installed.

Detailed Instructions

  • To join the meeting you were invited to, enter your Personal Link Name or Meeting ID. Meeting IDs are numerical. It will be in the email you received with the link for the Zoom call. Click on the link in your email. Click Join a Meeting when ready.
  • Enter Your Name to join the meeting. Then click Join.
  • When you join a meeting, you’ll see your name at the center of the screen, and a bar at the bottom of the screen with the meeting controls.
  • Click on this icon to select the source audio for the call: phone or computer.
  • Computer audio is recommended. To use your computer audio, click Join Audio by Computer.
  • Click on this icon to start your video.

    If this is the first time you’re using Zoom, you’ll be asked to allow Zoom to use your camera. Click Allow.
  • Click Stop Video to turn your camera off.
  • Click Leave Meeting when it’s over. You can leave the meeting while it continues for the other participants. Confirm on the next screen that you want to leave.
  • When the meeting is in progress, the video of the person who is speaking will appear at the center of the screen. The video of all the other participants (not currently speaking) will be at the top of the screen.

This video demonstrates a detailed overview of the Zoom program

Useful Zoom Tips

  • Find a neutral backdrop like a wall or a door. The focus should be on you.
  • The camera should be at eye level. If necessary, try using a stack of books or a tripod to get your computer at the right height.
  • You need good lighting. You might consider putting a lamp next to your computer directed at your face.
  • Maintain eye contact with the other participants. This means looking directly into the camera and not at the image of yourself.
  • Find a quiet space with a minimum of echo. Everyday sounds can be very distracting on video. For example, if you live on a noisy street, sit as far away from the closed window as possible.
  • If you use your hands a lot when you talk, try to keep these gestures to a minimum.

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