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Today's Zoom Tip - 12 November 2020

12 November 2020

This week’s Zoom tip is about useful keyboard shortcuts.

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Zoom offers keyboard shortcuts for many of the controls available in a meeting. These can improve accessibility for people with a visual impairment or who are unable to use the mouse, but are also useful if you just prefer to keep your hands on the keyboard. It’s not easy to remember them all, so focus on the ones that you will use most frequently first and then gradually introduce new ones as you get used to them. 

Here are some helpful shortcuts to start with: 



Mac OS 

Mute/unmute your audio

Alt + A 

Command + Shift + A 

Start/stop video 

Alt + V 

Command + Shift + V 

Raise/lower hand 

Alt + Y 

Option + Y 

Open/close Chat panel 

Alt + H 

Command + Shift + H 

Open/close Participants panel 

Alt + U 

Command + U 

Mute the entire group (host only) 

Alt + M 

Command + Control + M 

Enter/exit full screen 

Alt + F 

Command + Shift + F 

You can edit your keyboard shortcuts in Settings in the Zoom desktop app. Click on your icon in the top right and go to Settings, or click on the Settings button (which looks like a grey cog symbol) just below your icon. 

Using the Space bar to unmute 

If you are in a noisy environment you can set yourself to mute but temporarily unmute yourself to speak by holding down the space bar. When you release the space bar you return to being muted. This feature is enabled by default but you can turn it off under the Audio section of Settings in the desktop app. 

For a full list of shortcuts, visit the hot keys and keyboard shortcuts article in the Zoom Help Centre

If you have any tips for using Zoom which have really helped you make the most of the product, please email isd-webcomms@ucl.ac.uk or post your tip on Twitter or Instagram with the hashtag #zoomtips. If you are having any specific issues with the set-up of Zoom, please contact zoomsupport@ucl.ac.uk