Do not forget the trick of the room always useful and eternally tidy….
Despite the annoying errors of privacy and security, Zoom seems to have become the most popular online collaboration solution used by companies, governments and individuals.
We gave the app a shot to show some less visible features that you might find useful, most of which should be useful for all platforms, not just Apple.
People don’t have to see you in your room
I’ve been on Twitter long enough to see many offices, rooms and other personal spaces in the background of the Zoom chat screenshots that people seem so passionate about sharing right now. It’s funny how people like to sit in front of their books.
It doesn’t have to be that way; you can use a virtual background if you wish.
Open Zoom Settings> Virtual Wallpaper and you can select one of the default wallpaper options there so people don’t see it in your camera, or you can use one of your own images …
The eternally tidy trick of the room
Which leads me to my next piece of advice:
We are all inside and going a little crazy, which makes it more than reasonably possible for our rooms to become a little messy. It’s good when you’re in your personal space, but what will your colleagues think?
Here’s an idea: Take a photo of the camera when it’s arranged from the same angle as the camera you use when you’re in a Zoom meeting and set it as a virtual background.
Now, all your colleagues will notice how incredibly neat you are and will not see the strange current of conscience poetry that you have begun to write on your walls.
It also makes you look (slightly better)
Zoom has a little-known setting that tries to improve your appearance during a call.
Open Settings> Meetings, and turn on the Retouch My Appearance filter, which tries to improve the appearance of your iPhone’s camera filter. It’s very simple, but it softens your appearance a bit and seems to work well with virtual backgrounds.
Control your sharing habits
Left on its own devices, Zoom wants to stream audio and video from the moment you enter a meeting.
Don’t let him:
- Turn off the microphone in Settings> Audio.
- Stop the video in Settings> Video.
- When it’s time to talk, tap the space bar.
- See also below for keyboard tips.
- Remove dark video windows
- Soon enough, everyone will be in custom wallpapers or eternally tidy rooms, or have video automatically turned off (unless your boss wants it turned on).
This means that when you are in the Zoom Gallery view, you will find too many dark windows (you will have to live with the false backgrounds in this tip).
If there was a way to get rid of all those dark windows and spend your time reading your colleagues’ book collections in an eternally orderly background.
Go to Settings> Video> Meetings and select the Hide non-video participants check box. Now only the video windows will be visible.
Keep a record
The problem with meetings, even virtual ones, is that decisions are made and things are said, but not all decisions are usually written. (Of course, this is not the case if someone takes effective minutes during a meeting.)
The idea is that meeting organizers can record appointments and save them on their Mac, though not a mobile device, and then upload them to the great Otter.ai service; It will transcribe them for you (after you mute the sound).
You will never lose a relevant element of action.
Register in Settings> Registration, which must be activated. Zoom also offers paid plans that allow you to record appointments from a mobile device.
Now read the manual
While Zoom is not as private as Group FaceTime, it is much more cross-platform and there are many other shortcuts to explore.
These include many useful keyboard shortcuts, including turning on / off the sound / video, showing and hiding the chat, changing rooms, and tools that allow you to share and control what’s happening on the screen.