Zoom Etiquette

Tips for Meeting Attendees

  • Mute your microphone - see below* for how to do this.

    To help keep background noise to a minimum, make sure you mute your microphone when you are not speaking.
  • Be mindful of background noise

    When your microphone is not muted, avoid activities that could create additional noise, such as shuffling papers.
  • Position your camera properly

    If you choose to use a web camera, be sure it is in a stable position and focused at eye level, if possible. Doing so helps create a more direct sense of engagement with other participants. 
  • Limit distractions

    You can make it easier to focus on the meeting by turning off notifications, closing or minimizing running apps, and muting your smartphone.  
  • Avoid multi-tasking

    You'll retain the discussion better if you refrain from replying to emails, answering the phone or text messages during the meeting and wait to work on other activities until after the meeting ends. 
  • Prepare materials in advance

    If you will be sharing content during the meeting, make sure you have the files and/or links ready to go before the meeting begins.

*You can mute yourself from the attendee controls that appear at the bottom of your screen.

Attendees have access to these features:

Mute / Unmute: Mute and unmute your microphone.
Audio Controls (click the ^ arrow next to Mute / Unmute): Allows you to change the microphone and speaker that Zoom is currently using on your computer, leave computer audio, and access the full audio settings.

Tip: Use the following keyboard shortcuts to mute or unmute yourself.

  • Windows: Alt + A 
  • Mac: Shift + Command + A
  • You can also use push to talk if you want to unmute yourself by holding the spacebar.

Start Video / Stop Video: Turns your camera on or off.
Video Controls (click the ^ arrow next to Start Video / Stop Video): Change cameras if you have multiple cameras, select a virtual background (if enabled), or access your full video settings.