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USING ZOOM
Cloud Meeting and Webinar Service


Information for Keeping Up and Staying Social
In the Pandemic Era
Welcome to Our OLLI-GMU Friends and Partners !!


Getting Started -

       Folks with computers can just click the meeting / webinar link sent by email for a Zoom session, and 'skinny app' software will be downloaded to your computer. SmartPhones and tablets will require downloads from their app store. But more control and a better experience will result from getting a Zoom account with the submission of your email address and a password. That will result in the installation of a more-robust software package. Then you can host your own meetings, and visit with family and friends. Presenters should follow the 'personal account' path. See our 'details' offerings below. (Date References - yymmdd)

      PATACS has been using Zoom to share our programs with remote members since 2013, and holds most of our Board of Directors' meetings with this technology. We suggest you read the detailed discussions on these topics, but there are also quick step by step references for various devices and computers below:
  • Details - John Krout: Why and How To Create a Free Zoom Account? (Updated 200521) - PDF file

  • Details - John Krout: Set Up Easy Access to the Zoom for Windows Application - PDF File

  • Details - Mike Emery: Modifying Your Zoom Profile on the iPhone (New 200422) - PDF File

  • Details - John Krout: Changing Your Zoom Screen Name - PDF File

  • Details - John Krout: Use the Zoom App to Test Your Microphone, Earbuds, and WebCam - PDF File

  • Details - John Krout: Use Your SmartPhone as a Webcam (New 200412) - PDF File

  • Details - Bill Walsh: Improve Your Internet: Ethernet Non-Wireless (Updated 200331) - PDF file

  • Details - APCUG's Judy Taylour- Tips for Participating in a Zoom Meeting (Updated 200410) - PDF file

  • Details - John Krout: Zoom Teleconferencing Guide for Windows Presenters - PDF file

  • Details - John Krout: Create a Custom Virtual Background for Your Zoom Camera Image (New 200419) - PDF File

  • Details - John Krout: Make Custom Loop Videos for Zoom Virtual Backgrounds - PDF file

  • Details - John Krout: Green Screen for Zoom Virtual Backgrounds (New-200422) - PDF File




How To's, General Cautions, Troubleshooting

      You'll have a better experience in meetings and webinars if you observe these tips:

  • INTRUDER ALERT: Keeping ZoomBombers Out of Your Family's Virtual Get-Together - PDF File

  • Video Conference Pro Tips - Zac Miller, Clarkson University - Link

  • Tools for Videoconferencing - Headsets, Headphones, Earbuds, WebCams - PDF file

  • Review of Headsets and a Stand- Alone Mic Option - Link

  • Secrets of Video Conferences (especially applicable to small class meetings)- Link

  • Computer / Device performance - Improves when you close / shut down email, browser, Facebook, etc. while using Zoom. Devote the processor's power to Zoom for maximum enjoyment. Don't let an overtaxed computer brain and video resources deter your Lifelong Learning!

  • Seeing warning messages about network problems? Got audio and video loss and distortion? Bet you're using WiFi. See our articles (above) about improving internet connectivity. All your neighbors and their kids are home - they might not be on your connection, but they're probably affecting your networking performance.

  • How to Use a Digital Camera as a Webcam (How-to Geek: 200427) - Link

  • How to Disinfect Your Mouse and Keyboard - Link

  • Every Zoom Keyboard Shortcut & How to Use Them (How-To Geek: 200424) - Link

  • Check for Updates of Zoom software - see Computer / Device matrices below


    iPhone

    Create a Zoom account
    PDF file
    Install the Zoom application
    PDF file
    Join an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Mute / unmute the microphone
    PDF file
    Increase / decrease the volume
    PDF file
    Turn video off and on
    PDF file
    Test your audio and video
    PDF file
    Display the menu bar within Zoom
    PDF file
    Exit from an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Raise Hand
    PDF File
    Change your Zoom screen name
    PDF file
    Change your "virtual background"
    PDF file


    Android Phone

    Create a Zoom account
    PDF file
    Install the Zoom application
    PDF file
    Join an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Join a Zoom Video Conference
    PDF file
    Mute / unmute the microphone
    PDF file
    Increase / decrease the volume
    PDF file
    Turn video off and on
    PDF file
    Test your audio and video
    PDF file
    Display the menu bar within Zoom
    PDF file
    Exit from an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Submit questions in an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Change your Zoom screen name
    PDF file
    Change your "virtual background"
    PDF file


    iPad

    Create a Zoom account
    PDF file
    Install the Zoom application
    PDF file
    Join an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Mute / unmute the microphone
    PDF file
    Increase / decrease the volume
    PDF file
    Turn video off and on
    PDF file
    Test your audio and video
    PDF file
    Display the menu bar within Zoom
    PDF file
    Exit from an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Submit questions in an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Change your Zoom screen name
    PDF file
    Change your "virtual background"
    PDF file


    Android Tablet

    Create a Zoom account
    PDF file
    Install the Zoom application
    PDF file
    Join an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Join a Zoom Video Conference
    PDF file
    Mute / unmute the microphone
    PDF file
    Increase / decrease the volume
    PDF file
    Turn video off and on
    PDF file
    Test your audio and video
    Method only works w/ Zoom Account
    PDF file
    Display the menu bar within Zoom
    PDF file
    Exit from an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Submit questions in an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Change your Zoom screen name
    PDF file
    Change your "virtual background"
    Not Available Currently on Android
    PDF file


    Windows Computer

    Create a Zoom account
    PDF file
    Install the Zoom application
    PDF file
    Join an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Mute / unmute the microphone
    PDF file
    Increase / decrease the volume
    PDF file
    Turn video off and on
    PDF file
    Test your audio and video
    PDF file
    Display the menu bar within Zoom
    PDF file
    Exit from an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Submit questions in an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Raise Hand
    PDF File
    Change your Zoom screen name
    PDF file
    No Camera or Microphone
    PDF file
    Gallery view vs Speaker view
    PDF file
    Check for Zoom software updates
    PDF file
    Keyboard Shortcuts for Windows
    PDF File


    Mac Computer

    Details - Installing Zoom on an Apple computer - pdf file

    Searching for a Mac user to write the missing segments below
    volunteer please email: info (at) patacs.org

    Create a Zoom account
    PDF file
    Install the Zoom application
    PDF file
    Join an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Mute / unmute the microphone
    PDF file
    Increase / decrease the volume
    PDF file
    Turn video off and on
    PDF file
    Test your audio and video
    PDF file
    Display the menu bar within Zoom
    PDF file
    Exit from an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Raise Hand
    PDF File
    Submit questions in an OLLI class
    PDF file
    Change your Zoom screen name
    PDF file
    Change your "virtual background"
    PDF file


    More About Zoom

    PC Magazine review - 3/26/2020 - Link



    Professional Technology Help Resources

    • Sunny Banana IT Consulting: 571.449.6775. Tom Gutnick, PATACS member and frequent presenter. All my usual services continue to be available, but in this unusual time, let me help you harness “technology without the turmoil”, using videoconferencing software and other productivity tools to work more effectively.

    • LAD Communications & Technology LLC - 703-679-7523. Andy Livingston, meeting presenter, June '19. At LAD, we specialize in keeping your digital life in sync ! Whether it be an Apple/PC tune up, hardware/software upgrades, virus & Spyware removal, smartphone support and synching multiple devices, Wi-fi support and backup installation, Data Recovery, Audio/Video/Streaming support, security camera installation, 3D printing setup/consultation and Much More!.

    • Tech Moxie - 202-642-5502. Pam Holland, meeting presenter Feb'20. Current seminars on Zoom and OnLine Grocery Ordering. TechMoxie makes technology less overwhelming. We offer one-on-one coaching, group classes, and tech support especially for the tech-challenged. Our team of coaches and instructors are selected for their patience, love of technology and desire to make your technology less confusing.








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