ZOOM Host Role functions and capabilities

Zoom session Host has many controls not available to regular session attendees to assist in providing the best possible communication experience for participants. Hosts may mute the audio and video of one or more participants, and as needed may remove attendees who are being uncivil and disruptive.

The Zoom Support URL for further information is: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362603-Host-Controls-in-a-Meeting

The below instructions are for Windows Platform users. Macintosh, Linux or smart device instructions may be found on the Zoom.us support page. Just add the page title in the search window and the applicable information will be displayed.

Once assigned Host responsibilities, the host controls bar will appear at the bottom of your screen if you are not currently screen sharing.

The below instructions are for Windows Platform users. Macintosh, Linux or smart device instructions may be found on the Zoom.us support page. Just add the page title in the search window and the applicable information will be displayed.

  • Mute/Unmute: This allows you to mute and unmute your microphone.
  • Audio Controls (via the ^ arrow next to mute/unmute): The audio controls allow you to change the microphone and speaker that Zoom is currently using on your computer, leave computer audio, and access the full audio options in the Zoom settings.
  • Start/Stop Video: This allows you to start and stop your own video.
  • Video Controls (via the ^ arrow next to Start/Stop Video): If you have multiple cameras on your computer, you can select which Zoom is using, access the full video controls, and select a Virtual Background.
  • Invite: Invite others to join your meeting. Read more about inviting participants.
  • Manage Participants: This opens up the Participants window. Read more about managing participants.
  • Polling: This allows you to create, edit, and launch your polls. The options to create or launch polls will open up the Zoom web portal in your default browser. Read more about meeting polling.
  • Share Screen: Click on this to start a screen share. You will be able to select the desktop or application you want to share. Learn more about screen sharing.
  • Screen Share Controls (via the ^ next to Share Screen): Select who can share in your meeting and if you want only the host or any participant to be able to start a new share when someone is sharing.
  • Chat: Access the chat window to chat with the participants. Read more about in-meeting chat.
  • Record: Is disabled on this license.
  • Closed Caption: Is disabled on this license.  
  • Breakout Rooms: Start breakout rooms. Read more about breakout rooms.
  • More: Clicking on More will give you access to additional options.
  • End Meeting: This will end the meeting for all participants. If you want to have the meeting continue, you should give another participant host control before leaving the meeting.
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