Preventing the Zoom Meeting Control Bar Auto Hiding

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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 easily be clicked as needed. This article illustrates how the change this default behavior.

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Disabling auto-hide on the Zoom options bar

The setting to change whether the Zoom meeting control bar is permanently shown is adjusted from within the Zoom app settings. The easiest way to access this is by clicking the arrow next to control, ‘audio settings’.

Accessing Zoom settings from the audio settings option

Once in Zoom’s settings, select ‘Accessibility’ and them ‘Always Show Meeting Controls’

The option to always show meeting controls in Zoom

With the above setting changed, the control bar will now remain visible for all Zoom calls made on that computer. As this a local setting, if you change computers, you will need to re-enable this change on a different computer.

Situations when the bar will still move

While the change above will ensure that that the meeting control bar does not auto-hide, it is useful to be aware that when sharing your screen, meeting controls will change to a bar at the top of the screen, rather than its regular position. Although the bar has moved to the top of the page to make screen sharing easier, the change to ensure that it is always visible still persists. 

Zoom meeting controls when the screen is shared

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