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Enable Focus mode in a Zoom meeting

This guide explains how to turn on Focus mode during a meeting.

This guide is aimed at

  • Staff
  • Students


  1. Start a meeting as the host or co-host.

  2. Click More ... on the meeting toolbar.

  3. Click Start Focus Mode.

  4. Click Start to confirm, or select the Don’t ask me again check box to skip this confirmation in future.

When Focus mode begins, you and the participants are notified with a banner along the top of the video window. Additionally, the focus mode icon  is always visible in the top-left corner of the video window, next to the encryption icon, while focus mode is active.

Zoom screen showing circular focus mode icon in the top left

Once Focus mode has been started, participants in focus mode will only see the video of the host, co-hosts, any participants spotlighted by the host, and their own video. They will only see other participants' names, their nonverbal feedback or reactions, and hear them when unmuted. If you stop focus mode a banner will appear warning that participants who've started video will be seen by everybody.

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