In recent times, one of the apps that has taken the tech world by storm is Zoom. Zoom is a remote video communications tool that is had a huge impact on the world of video conferencing, chatting and online meetings.
Zoom’s position at the top of the video conferencing food chain is richly deserved. This is because Zoom offers several services that are unique as well as distinct to the brand. For example, Zoom offers a higher level of engagement when compared to other video conferencing tools. It brings the presenter closer to the users by offering full HD broadcasting options that takes you beyond just hearing the presenter and seeing slides.
Something else that makes Zoom stand apart is how it brings a presenter to a live audience. As a presenter, when asked a question, Zoom lets you not only hear the question but actually see it and feel it. Also, this tool affords you the opportunity to record each session. This means that you get unfettered access to every conversation that transpired during the video conference and those who weren’t able to be present during the meeting don’t lose out.
There are even more awesome benefits to using this tool that’ll go unlisted. However, for you to be able to actually use this tool to its fullest potential there are a few tips you need to learn. Join us as we provide a brief rundown of some hacks that’ll further improve your user experience on Zoom.
Take Advantage of the Many Shortcut Options Available on Zoom
One of the many upsides to using Zoom is that it places a heavy focus on user convenience. As a result, there are shortcuts for just about everything, all in a bid to make sure that you undergo minimal stress when using the tool. Some of these shortcuts include:
The Quick Invite Shortcut
Are you in a meeting and need someone else to join you pronto? Zoom offers you an instant way of connecting another user to your meeting with relative ease. All you need do is open an invite window by clicking PC: Alt+I (⌘Cmd+I). After this, you just copy the URL link from the Email tab and forward it to whomever you want to connect to your meeting session.
Alternatively, if you don’t want to use the shortcut, you could also activate the Auto-copy Invite URL When Starting A Meeting option. All you need to do is access the General Settings option, locate and activate this function by ticking the box. This way, you remove the added stress of manually copying URLs.
Instant Audio Mute Shortcut
Want to quickly mute your Zoom session so you can attend to something else? No need to worry yourself. PC: Alt+A (⌘Cmd+Shift+A ) will promptly mute and unmute the audio on your session.
Instant Video Deactivation
You can deactivate or activate your video feed on Zoom with this simple shortcut. Simply press PC: Alt+V (⌘Cmd+Shift+V). Easy to remember and terribly effective.
Share Your Screen Shortcut
One thing that few video conferencing tools do better than Zoom is real-time screen sharing. This is one feature that puts Zoom far ahead on the playing field. Once your session is in progress and you want to start sharing your screen, simply click PC: Alt+Shift+S (⌘Cmd+Shift+S).
Should a particular portion of the screen you’re sharing need an explanation, you can pause and resume the screen sharing by using PC: Alt+T (⌘Cmd+Shift+T).
Record Meeting Session
Need to have every bit of information from that meeting so you can refer back to it later or do you need a colleague who’s currently absent to be thoroughly briefed on how the meeting went? Record it with a few short steps. Simply type PC: Alt+R (⌘Cmd+Shift+R) when you’re ready to start recording. To pause or resume your recording at a moment’s notice, press PC: Alt+P (⌘Cmd+Shift+P) and you’re all set.
Activate Shortcuts Outside of Zoom
This trick is particularly useful for those who multitask heavily. Once this shortcut is activated, it will further boost the efficiency of other shortcuts. With this trick, you will be able to employ Zoom shortcuts even while you’re busy on another window. To set this up, you need to activate the Enable Global Shortcut option. You’ll find this option by accessing your Settings options and clicking on Keyboard Shortcut.
Increase Call Clarity
One way to increase your call clarity is to deactivate your video feed. Using video is a huge part of what makes Zoom cool, yes. Where it isn’t necessary however you can leave it and improve your call clarity. This is of course easily adjustable during your call.
Activate the Display Name Function
Zoom is simply the best for making sales calls. To make sure that you don’t tank your call by forgetting what customer you’re talking to, it’s probably best you have their name on full display during your call. This might seem somewhat unnecessary but in the long run, you’ll be glad you did.
To find the Always Display Participant’s Name on Their Videos option, go to your Settings and click on Video. Once you see the option, click the box.
That’s all we have for now. Using any or all of these little tricks on Zoom will have you looking like a pro in no time. What’s more, they’re guaranteed to improve your Zoom user experience. So what’re you waiting for? Try them out now!