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. 

The floating control bar

As displayed below, when sharing your screen the floating control bar moves from the bottom of the page to the very top. Depending on your setting on whether to permanently display the toolbar or not, this may minimize to just the sharing screen bar, however, when you move your mouse closer, to for example click a button at the top of the page, the full control bar is displayed, making it hard to click buttons that may be underneath. 

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Disabling the floating control bar

Hide Zoom’s control bar can achieved by first clicking ‘more’ and then selecting ‘Hide Floating Meeting Controls’.

Hiding Zoom's Meeting Control Bar

Displaying the control bar again

Once the control bar has been hidden you will need to click the Esc button for the control bar to return so that you are able to stop sharing your screen.

Click Esc for the control bar to return

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