Top Zoom Shortcuts for Teaching Online

Zoom has lots of shortcuts – most you will never want. This article highlights the important ones that are specifically useful when teaching online.

Key shortcuts when teaching in Zoom

Change to Views

Alt+F1: Switches to Speaker View

Alt+F2: Switches to Gallery View

Turn off sound / video

Alt+A: Toggles the audio on/off (note, you need to have first joined with audio)

Alt+V: Toggles the video on/off

See more students

Page up/ Page Down: If you have a large class, navigate between different screens of students using the Page Up and Page Down keys. By default, Zoom has 25 individuals per page (although this can be increased to 49) – these keys allow you to flip to the next page of students. 

Mute others

Alt+M: Toggles muting/unmuting everyone else – can be useful if someone has their mic on with background noise. (only available if you are the meeting host)

Display/hide participants panel

Alt+U: Display/hide the Participants Panel – useful if you have a disconnected student trying to re-enter the class.

Other potentially useful shortcuts

Alt-P: Pause the video recording

Alt-Y: Raising or lowering your hand

Alt+H: Hide/show the chat panel

While the above shortcuts are likely to be the key ones that you need when teaching, Zoom has many other shortcuts. Making sure to remember the above list though will go a long way in making your class run smoother!

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