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There are a few ways to set up your meetings if you wish to limit your participants to only be able to view and listen to you.

They are useful in managing the bigger lecture groups, make meetings like an event webinar and also to prevent "Zoom Bombers" from taking over the stage.

Prevent participants from unmuting themselves

  1. In the host controls, click on Manage Participants and click More.
  2. Check the "Mute Participants on Entry".
  3. Uncheck the "Allow participants to unmute themselves".




Prevent participants from sharing their screen

  • Please update your Zoom Client to the latest version first.
  • In the host controls, click on Security Button.
  • Under Allow Participants to:
    • Un-Tick Share Screen.

Prevent participants from Chat with other participants

Please update your Zoom Client to the latest version first.

  • In the host controls, click on Security Button.
  • Under Allow Participants to:
    • Un-Tick Chat.


Other chat option is available in the Zoom Group Chat panel.

  • You may want to control who attendees can chat with:
    1. No one: Disable the text chat.
    2. Host only: Allows them to ONLY chat with Host and Co-Hosts.
    3. Everyone publicly: Allows them to ONLY chat publicly. No private chat.
    4. Everyone publicly and privately: The default option. Allows them to chat publicly and privately.

Spotlight video on yourself or a selected participant

  1. Hover over the video of the participant you want to spotlight and click ...
  2. Select Spotlight Video.
  3. Spotlight video puts a participants as the primary active speaker for all participants.
  4. All participants will only see this speaker as the active speaker.
    Note: Pin video is different. Pin video will only make the participant as primary only on your device.

Use with Poll Everywhere for an enhanced Live Response tool

  1. In Zoom, you can do a simple poll with single option or multiple option MCQ.
  2. You may want to consider using Poll Everywhere to engage students just like in a physical class.
  3. There are questions types Q&A and Word Cloud which are highly popular.
  4. Refer to the step by step guide on using Poll Everywhere with Zoom.