Hoping that the info I present here will help some of you who are unfamiliar with Zoom be able to connect and not tear your hair out. I'm basing it solely on joining by computer/laptop as that's the way with which I'm familiar. I've only used Zoom three times, so if I make any errors in this "How To," feel free to correct me! The blind leading the blind here.
TO DOWNLOAD ZOOM CLICK ON THE FOLLOWING LINK AND FOLLOW THE INSTRUCTIONS: Download Center - Zoom
There are a couple of ways to get to the meeting. The easiest would be to:
1. Click on the https URL link provided in the Invitation email.
"Recommended: Join Zoom Meeting via your computer / tablet / smartphone https://truthinitiative.....XXX"
That should take you directly to the meeting. Then...
2. Enter the Meeting ID number which is located immediately after the mobile call-in numbers on the invite.
If you do not have zoom already downloaded onto your computer/laptop, you may see the following screen:
If you see the screen above, then click on either "click here" if you already have the app or "download and run Zoom" to download the app.
If you see the screenshot below click on Join a Meeting.
The alternate way to get to a meeting - if you already have an account is:
1. Open Zoom, sign in
2. Click on Join
You will then need to enter the Meeting ID and your name. Then click the Join button.
If you are asked to give permission to use your audio and video it's important that you accept.
If you want to join with video click that button otherwise click on "Join without." But we encourage you to join by video so that we can see your smiling face. That's part of the FUN!.
SOME NOTES ON HOW TO SET UP YOUR AUDIO AND VIDEO.
On the upper right hand corner you should see a Settings Cogwheel.
CLICK ON THAT AND IT WILL OPEN UP THE FOLLOWING OPTIONS
To make sure you audio is working correctly, click on the Audio button in Settings. If you click on Test Mic, and then speak a few words and stop speaking, a moment after that you should hear a replay of what you just said. I keep my setting on Automatically adjust volume. But you can increase or decrease as necessary. You can also test your speaker volume there.
I'm not sure if Mark is going to put us all on MUTE when we join, but if not, you should click on Mute my microphone when joining a meeting. Otherwise it's going to sound like the Tower of Babel!
If you see the following, you'll know your audio is muted and your video camera not active. Simply click the appropriate button to unmute or start video:
To stop the video or the audio simply click on the appropriate button again.
You can unmute yourself (if Mark has allowed that control) by tapping the screen (if you're using a touch screen) or by holding down the space bar continuously while you speak. Once you stop pressing it, you'll automatically go back to mute mode.
In the Video portion of Settings you can select whether you want "wide screen" or "original ratio" view. You also have the opportunity to make your image a little softer with "Touch up my appearance."
If want to leave the meeting, simply click on Leave Meeting.
If you're still lost in Zoomland, the following video may help. I think she does a GREAT job of explaining it: Joining a Zoom Call for the First Time
Looking forward to seeing you all!