How To Join Zoom & Screen Share On Zoom
Updated: Feb 18
Whether you're old or young, keeping up with some of the biggest technological life hacks that come up could leave you spending less time and energy than you would otherwise to accomplish the same tasks. You probably know the saying, "You can't teach an old dog new tricks." I don't agree with that when it comes to most older people, no matter their age as long as they don't develop severe disability (i.e. severe Alzheimers or dementia to the point where adopting a new skill with too many unfamiliar steps is out of the question).
Two of the "tricks" that I've found extremely beneficial are the use of Zoom & screen sharing for meetings. Zoom has integrated options for recording the meeting, remote desktop, etc. Rather than reinventing the wheel on the "how-to" part, I'll be sharing quotes, video, and screenshots from those who have already done that for you.
Best Practices on Zoom with Adam
1. Use a large screen, not a phone, & don't sit too far away from the screen so that from your vantage point you have a large visual. The larger the better as long as you're not hurting your eyes. If you don't have a laptop, desktop, or tablet, you might consider connecting your phone to a TV with a wire or over wifi/bluetooth.
I frequently use screenshare during these sessions. The following can be hard to follow along without a lage visual:
2. If you haven't used Zoom before on a large device, be sure to leave some time for setup & test before your meeting is supposed to begin. While Adam will sometimes have plenty of time to spare if you're late, that's not always the case.
How to Join a Zoom Meeting for the first Time
Here's how to join:
He includes chapter headings that are helpful, including similar to the following:
1:27 What is Zoom
3:17 Getting Started
4:36 Creating an Account (optional if you just want to join meetings in most cases)
5:43 Joining a Zoom Meeting from a Mobile Device (I suggest not using a mobile device with meetings with me)
6:46 Joining a Zoom Meeting from a Computer
9:23 Leave a Zoom Meeting
I pay for a Zoom account and the clients I work with don't need to have a paid account to join the Zoom sessions that I create. While I have some options that are free for all as well, they're not as good as Zoom in many activities. For instance, many video platforms don't allow you to Zoom in, which is a critical aspect of many walk throughs of homes for buyers and sellers. Integrated options for recorded video and remote desktop are also not typical on free platforms.
Alternatives to Zoom
Facebook Messenger, Whatsapp, and Skype are all viable alternatives to Zoom, including having some screen share features though not as good in my opinion as Zoom. If you really don't like Zoom, we can use another platform, though it's typically best to use one with screen share options, the ability to Zoom in if either party is walking around and showing things with their phone or tablet, etc.
How to Screen Share on Zoom
Here's how to screen share:
0:00 How to share screen on Zoom tutorial for beginners
0:30 How to enable Zoom screen share
1:01 Advanced Zoom share screen options
2:18 LevelUpYourVideoSkills channel intro
2:40 How to share screen on Zoom basics
3:46 How to share an individual application
4:23 QUICK TIP 1 – The green box
4:42 How the ‘new share’ button works
5:21 How the ‘pause share’ button works