Sharing your Screen on Zoom

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An essential skill for using Zoom is learning how to share your screen or windows in it. In this guide, we will cover all of the options for screen sharing that you need to be aware of. 

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Sharing your Screen from Within Zoom

Zoom makes it easy to share your screen, with a bright green button on the control bar. To share a window or your entire screen:

  1. Click on the ‘Share Screen’ button: From the control bar at the bottom of the Zoom select the bright green ‘Share Screen’ button.
  2. Select want to share: Select from i) the entire screen, ii) a whiteboard, iii) an iPhone/iPad (if you have one connected) or iv) a particular window.
  3. Check if you are sharing video/sound: If the content that you will be sharing contains embedded video or sound, check the appropriate boxes at the bottom of the window.
  4. Share: To share the content with the call, click the blue Share button in the bottom right of the screen.

Zoom also has several other less common options available from within the advanced tab. These include:

Screen share advanced options

The control bar when sharing screen

When in screen share, the Zoom Control Panel moves to the top of the screen. It contains the same buttons, but moves to help you see your other content on the page. 

 To end the screen share, click the red ‘stop share’ button at the top of the page (if you would prefer that the top bar did not auto-hide, check out our guide to permanently display the control bar)

Zoom meeting controls when the screen is shared

Further reading on screen sharing

There are many use cases to screen sharing – below are some :

  • Formatting a PowerPoint to share: Learn how to set a PowerPoint to play as a window, allowing you to share that part while having Zoom also open.
  • Hide the floating control bar when screen sharing: If you are sharing your entire screen, this can be useful to prevent the control bar, including the screen sharing message, from being displayed at the top of the screen (which has the potential to get in the way when presenting). 

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