Disable Webcam Mirroring in Zoom

While mirroring your webcam is often a useful feature on Zoom – with your preview the mirror-image of how it is recorded – there are occasions when it is more natural to disable this and see your preview the way participants do. This article explains how to disable the mirroring of your webcam in Zoom. 

Default mirroring behavior in Zoom

The default behavior of Zoom (and many other video conferencing software) is to mirror your webcam in the preview displayed to you (but to show the original to participants on the call).

This is often the most convenient setting – if you raise your right hand, the hand on the right of your preview will be raised, as you would expect if you were to raise it in a mirror. Without mirroring the experience is less natural and can be confusing – if you move to the left, you will move to the right on the screen. 

When you may want to disable mirroring of your webcam

There may be occasions however where it makes sense to disable webcam mirroring, and to see the original image, the same way that other participants on the call will see you.

If you are holding up text, for example, there may be benefits in being able to read the text (as opposed to a mirror image). Similarly, if you are using a virtual webcam (for example to use Prezi or OBS) you may find the experience more natural without the mirroring effect.

Disabling mirroring of your Zoom webcam

Once in Zoom Settings, to disable the mirror effect:

  1. Select the background and filter tab
  2. Uncheck ‘mirror my video’.

Note – this setting does not affect the participants on the call, who will continue to see your video unmirrored regardless of the setting that you have selected. 

Related articles

Enhancing the Integrity of Online Examination

While remote, unsupervised exams are inherently difficult to supervise, there are approaches that can reduce the risk of integrity issues in an online environment. This article explores approaches for enhancing the entirety of remote examinations.

Sharing a PowerPoint via Zoom

One of the most common ways of presenting on Zoom is to share a PowerPoint Presentation. In this article, we will explore how to set PowerPoint presentations to open as a separate Windows that can then be shared from within Zoom.

Approaches to Managing Online Discussions

For classes that involve any degree of participation, it is important to consider how to manage online discussions. This article explores the options and considerations involved in student participation within online classes.

Resolving Student Technical Issues with Zoom

From connection and internet issues to microphone and webcam problems, there will inevitably be at least some technology issues during your Zoom classes. This article and its accompanying student-companion, is intended to help you to provide support to students who are having issues connecting to your Zoom call.

Disable Zoom Chat

The chat feature on Zoom can sometimes be useful – potentially for sharing links with others – but it can also be distracting when presenting. Getting a flashing notification can interrupt the flow of a presentation, and allowing others to share messages when you are presenting can lead to side-conservations. Learn how to temporarily and permanently disable the chat feature. 

Setting up a Doc Cam with Zoom

If you need to capture your handwriting as part of presenting online via Zoom, a document camera can be the way to go. This article explores two different ways of sharing your document camera via Zoom.

Hide the Zoom Control Bar When Screen Sharing

The Zoom control bar is normally useful to have at hand (and for teaching it can be useful to always have it displayed). However, if you are sharing your entire screen it can be useful to disable it so that viewers can see your entire screen.

Preventing the Zoom Meeting Control Bar Auto Hiding

Although Zoom includes an easy to use options bar that appears at the bottom of the call, the standard behavior is for this bar to auto-hide. When presenting a Zoom class it is useful to have these options easily available so that they can be clicked as needed. This article illustrates how the change this default behavior.

Downloading Class Attendance from Zoom

If your class incorporates attendance as part of its grading structure, it is useful to be able to download a list of class attendance, rather than have to manually record participation levels – this article describes how to download attendance for each class.

The Role of Zoom’s Breakout Rooms

Breakout Rooms can be one of the most effective ways of integrating discussion and student engagement into classes – explore ways of integrating them in your classes.

Effective Use of Zoom Polls

A quick way of engaging with students on Zoom is through the use of polls. In this article, we will explain how to set up polls in Zoom and effective opportunities for integrating them into your class.

Keeping your Zoom Call Secure

The security of your online class is important – not only would an instant of Zoombombing disrupt your class, but a security breach could easily overshadow your entire semester. This article explores some of the built-in security features of Zoom that it is important to be aware of.

Related articles

Display 49 Participants in Zoom Gallery View

Although the default settings in Zoom limits the number of thumbnails displayed in the gallery view to 25, this can be increased to 49. This article explains how to increase the number of participants displayed and the technical requirements to do.

Read More »

Downloading Class Attendance from Zoom

If your class incorporates attendance as part of its grading structure, it is useful to be able to download a list of class attendance, rather than have to manually record participation levels – this article describes how to download attendance for each class.

Read More »

Sharing a PowerPoint via Zoom

One of the most common ways of presenting on Zoom is to share a PowerPoint Presentation. In this article, we will explore how to set PowerPoint presentations to open as a separate Windows that can then be shared from within Zoom.

Read More »

Setting up a Class in Zoom

If you are new to Zoom, there are a lot of settings that are useful of being aware of when setting up a meeting. This article explores those settings, with guidance on what may be useful for your class.

Read More »

Using Zoom’s Waiting Room

The waiting room feature help ensures Zoomboming is a thing of the past. This article explains Zoom’s waiting room feature, and important things to know about the feature for managing your class.

Read More »

Preventing the Zoom Meeting Control Bar Auto Hiding

Although Zoom includes an easy to use options bar that appears at the bottom of the call, the standard behavior is for this bar to auto-hide. When presenting a Zoom class it is useful to have these options easily available so that they can be clicked as needed. This article illustrates how the change this default behavior.

Read More »

Using Chat in Zoom

Zoom’s chat feature can be a great resource – but are also a potential distraction when teaching. Learn how to selectively use it within your class, or disable it to avoid interruptions.

Read More »

5 Features We Hope Zoom Adds Soon

Zoom has quickly become the go-to video conferencing software for online learning. But it is far from perfect, and some much-needed features would make the online learning experience a much more satisfying experience, for students and educators alike. Here is our wish list for features we would love Zoom to have.

Read More »

Effective Use of Zoom Polls

A quick way of engaging with students on Zoom is through the use of polls. In this article, we will explain how to set up polls in Zoom and effective opportunities for integrating them into your class.

Read More »