Zoom

Here are CS50’s recommended client-side settings for Zoom, for students and teachers alike, for:

And here are CS50’s recommended server-side settings for Zoom, for teachers alone.

Settings not specified here are up to you!

Also helpful for teachers might be this blog post on teaching from home via Zoom and these instructions for using Open Broadcaster Software (OBS).


Client-Side Settings

Linux

To access these settings after launching Zoom, select Zoom’s Home tab, then click the gear () icon in Zoom’s top-right corner. Or click Zoom’s status icon in your system tray, then select Settings….

General

  • Enter full screen automatically when starting or joining a meeting

    Uncheck this box in Zoom, else it's harder to access other windows during class.

  • Ask me to confirm when I leave a meeting

    Check this box in Zoom, lest you accidentally leave class!

  • Stop my video and audio when my display is off or screen saver begins

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, lest you continue live-streaming during a break.

Video

  • 16:9 (Widescreen)

    Check this box in Zoom to ensure your video is widescreen.

  • Enable HD

    Check this box in Zoom to ensure your video is of high quality.

  • Mirror my video

    Check this box in Zoom so that you appear mirrored (to yourself only) so that you can gesture right and left without confusing yourself.

  • Adjust for low light

    Check this box in Zoom to improve your lighting.

  • Always display participant names on their video

    Check this box in Zoom so that you always see names.

  • Turn off my video when joining meeting

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, so that your camera stays off until you're ready to turn it on.

  • Always show video preview dialog when joining a video meeting

    Check this box in Zoom so that you can test your video before joining a class.

  • Hide Non-Video participants

    Uncheck this box in Zoom so that you know who's in the class.

Audio

  • Automatically adjust volume

    Check this box in Zoom to improve your audio.

  • Automatically join audio by computer when joining a meeting

    Check this box in Zoom to avoid having to click a button before every class.

  • Mute my microphone when joining a meeting

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, so that your microphone stays muted until you're ready to unmute it.

Share Screen

  • Enter full screen when a participant shares screen

    Uncheck this box in Zoom so that your screen isn't reconfigured when someone else shares their screen.

  • Scale to fit shared content to Zoom window

    Check this box in Zoom so that you can see everything at once.

  • Side-by-side mode

    Check this box in Zoom so that you still see participants when someone's screen is shared.

Accessibility

  • Always Show Meeting Controls

    Check this box in Zoom so that buttons don't disappear on you.


macOS

To access these settings after launching Zoom, select Zoom’s Home tab, then click the gear () icon in Zoom’s top-right corner. Or click the zoom.us menu in your display’s top-left corner, then select Preferences….

General

  • Enter full screen when starting or joining a meeting

    Uncheck this box in Zoom, else it's harder to access other windows during class.

  • Ask me to confirm when I leave a meeting

    Check this box in Zoom, lest you accidentally leave class!

  • Stop my video and audio when my display is off or screen saver begins

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, lest you continue live-streaming during a break.

Video

  • Original ratio

    Uncheck this box in Zoom to ensure your video is widescreen.

  • Enable HD

    Check this box in Zoom to ensure your video is of high quality.

  • Mirror my video

    Check this box in Zoom so that you appear mirrored (to yourself only) so that you can gesture right and left without confusing yourself.

  • Adjust for low light

    Check this box in Zoom to improve your lighting.

  • Always display participant name on their videos

    Check this box in Zoom so that you always see names.

  • Turn off my video when joining a meeting

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, so that your camera stays off until you're ready to turn it on.

  • Always show video preview dialog when joining a video meeting

    Check this box in Zoom so that you can test your video before joining a class.

  • Hide non-video participants

    Uncheck this box in Zoom so that you know who's in the class.

  • Spotlight my video when speaking

    Uncheck this box in Zoom so that you still see others when speaking.

  • Display up to 49 participants per screen in Gallery View

    Check this box in Zoom so that you can see more participants at once.

Audio

  • Automatically adjust microphone volume
    Suppress background noise

    Check this box in Zoom to improve your audio.

  • Automatically join computer audio when joining a meeting

    Check this box in Zoom to avoid having to click a button before every class.

  • Mute my mic when joining a meeting

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, so that your microphone stays muted until you're ready to unmute it.

Share Screen

  • Enter full screen when a participant shares screen

    Uncheck this box in Zoom so that your screen isn't reconfigured when someone else shares their screen.

  • Maximize Zoom window when a participant shares screen

    Uncheck this box in Zoom so that your screen isn't reconfigured when someone else shares their screen.

  • Scale to fit shared content to Zoom window

    Check this box in Zoom so that you can see everything at once.

  • Side-by-side Mode

    Check this box in Zoom so that you still see participants when someone's screen is shared.

  • Silence system notifications when sharing desktop

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, so that others don't see your private notifications.

Accessibility

  • Always show meeting controls

    Check this box in Zoom so that buttons don't disappear on you.


Windows

To access these settings after launching Zoom, select Zoom’s Home tab, then click the gear () icon in Zoom’s top-right corner. Or right-click Zoom’s icon in your taskbar, then select Settings….

General

  • Enter full screen automatically when starting or joining a meeting

    Uncheck this box in Zoom, else it's harder to access other windows during class.

  • Always show meeting controls

    Check this box in Zoom so that buttons don't disappear on you.

  • Ask me to confirm when I leave a meeting

    Check this box in Zoom, lest you accidentally leave class!

  • Stop my video and audio when my display is off or screen saver begins

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, lest you continue live-streaming during a break.

Video

  • Original ratio

    Uncheck this box in Zoom to ensure your video is widescreen.

  • HD

    Check this box in Zoom to ensure your video is of high quality.

  • Mirror my video

    Check this box in Zoom so that you appear mirrored (to yourself only) so that you can gesture right and left without confusing yourself.

  • Adjust for low light

    Check this box in Zoom to improve your lighting.

  • Always display participant names on their videos

    Check this box in Zoom so that you always see names.

  • Turn off my video when joining meeting

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, so that your camera stays off until you're ready to turn it on.

  • Always show video preview dialog when joining a video meeting

    Check this box in Zoom so that you can test your video before joining a class.

  • Hide non-video participants

    Uncheck this box in Zoom so that you know who's in the class.

  • Spotlight my video when I speak

    Uncheck this box in Zoom so that you still see others when speaking.

  • Display up to 49 participants per screen in Gallery View

    Check this box in Zoom so that you can see more participants at once.

Audio

  • Automatically adjust microphone volume
    Suppress background noise

    Check this box in Zoom to improve your audio.

  • Automatically join audio by computer when joining a meeting

    Check this box in Zoom to avoid having to click a button before every class.

  • Mute my microphone when joining a meeting

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, so that your microphone stays muted until you're ready to unmute it.

Share Screen

  • Enter full screen when a participant shares screen

    Uncheck this box in Zoom so that your screen isn't reconfigured when someone else shares their screen.

  • Maximize Zoom window when a participant shares screen

    Uncheck this box in Zoom so that your screen isn't reconfigured when someone else shares their screen.

  • Scale to fit shared content to Zoom window

    Check this box in Zoom so that you can see everything at once.

  • Side-by-side mode

    Check this box in Zoom so that you still see participants when someone's screen is shared.

  • Silence system notifications when sharing desktop

    Check this box in Zoom for privacy's sake, so that others don't see your private notifications.


Server-Side Settings

Meeting

To access these settings, visit https://zoom.us/profile/setting?tab=meeting.

Security

  • Waiting Room

    Enable this setting so that you can get settled before class begins (and optionally admit only names that you recognize).

  • Waiting Room Options

    Everyone will go in the waiting room

    Also enable this setting so that you can get settled before class begins (and optionally admit only names that you recognize).

  • Meeting Passcode

    Enable this setting so that someone can't join the class just by knowing (or guessing) a meeting's ID alone.

  • Require passcode for participants joining by phone

    Enable this setting so that someone can't join the class (by phone) just by knowing (or guessing) a meeting's ID alone.

  • Embed passcode in invite link for one-click join

    Enable this setting so that students don't need to input passcodes manually.

Schedule Meeting

  • Host video

    Disable this setting for privacy's sake, so that your camera stays off until you're ready to turn it on.

  • Audio Type

    Telephone and Computer Audio

    Enable this setting so that participants can resort to their phones if having microphone issues.

  • Join before host

    Enable this setting so that participants can join the waiting room right away.

  • Mute participants upon entry

    Enable this setting for privacy's sake so that everyone's microphone is off by default.

In Meeting (Basic)

  • Chat

    Enable this setting so that students can ask questions via chat and so that you, e.g., can share links via chat.

  • Sound notification when someone joins or leaves

    Disable this setting so that class isn't interrupted if someone joins late (or rejoins after being disconnected).

  • Co-host

    Enable this setting so that you can promote others (e.g., teaching assistants) to co-hosts.

  • Polling

    Enable this setting so that you can poll the class.

  • Always show meeting control toolbar

    Enable this setting so that buttons don't disappear on you.

  • Show Zoom windows during screen share

    Disable this setting to avoid Zoomception.

  • Screen sharing

    Enable this setting so that screens can be shared.

  • Who can share?

    Host Only

    Enable this setting so that only you can share your screen until you grant others permission during class itself.

  • Disable desktop/screen share for users

    Disable this setting so that screens can be shared.

  • Annotation

    Enable this setting so that you can annotate your shared screen.

  • Only the user who is sharing can annotate

    Enable this setting so that students can't annotate your (or another student's) shared screen.

  • Whiteboard

    Enable this setting so that you can use a whiteboard during class.

  • Remote control

    Disable this setting for privacy's sake, so that students can't control your (or another student's) shared screen.

  • Nonverbal feedback

    Enable this setting so that students can answer questions nonverbally, as via icons for "yes" and "no".

  • Allow removed participants to rejoin

    Disable this setting so that unexpected guests can't rejoin (as easily).

In Meeting (Advanced)

  • Breakout room

    Enable this setting so that you can use breakout rooms.

  • Remote support

    Disable this setting for privacy's sake, so that students can't control your (or another student's) computer.

Recording

To access these settings, if planning to record classes, visit https://zoom.us/profile/setting?tab=recording.

Recording

  • Local recording

    Enable this setting so that you can record locally as needed.

  • Hosts can give participants the permission to record locally

    Uncheck this box for privacy's sake, so that students can't record locally.

  • Cloud recording

    Enable this setting so that you can record to the cloud as needed.

  • Record active speaker with shared screen

    Check this box so that you record, at least, each active speaker and any shared screens.

  • Automatic recording

    Enable this setting so that you don't forget to record a class.

  • Record in the cloud

    Enable this setting so that you can easily share a recording after class as needed.