Using Zoom can be tricky at first. Scheduling, joining, and recording meetings seem simple enough once you get the hang of it.
When you’ve got all that sorted, you might not have expected Zoom to keep switching windows. This happens even when someone accidentally makes a noise. While this feature can be useful for conversations between multiple people, it can quickly become annoying.
Rest easy, because we’re going to let you know how you can use a nifty feature to keep the focus on one participant –- the “Spotlight” feature.
Read on to find out how to spotlight on Zoom.
What Does Spotlight Mean?
Put simply, spotlighting a user’s video makes this person the active speaker for everybody in the meeting, as well as on the recording if the video is being recorded. This essentially means that their video will remain the largest display and focal point on everybody’s screens. It’s very useful, particularly if you have somebody leading the meeting or a segment where a particular someone is explaining or illustrating something.
Spotlighting can only be used by the host of the meeting, however, and the meeting must have at least 3 participants. If you want to Spotlight somebody, they must also have their video activated, or the option won’t be visible.
How to Spotlight on Zoom
Using this feature probably isn’t as complicated as you may expect. Find out how to do this in the simple steps listed below.
Step 1: Open Zoom
Either open the Zoom client on your PC or the Zoom app on your mobile device and sign in.
Step 2: Start a Meeting
You can begin a scheduled meeting or start a new one. Make sure to share the Meeting ID or passcode with the people who you want to join. This can be done by sending a link via email or various messaging platforms.
Step 3: Open the Participants Sidebar
This is done by clicking or tapping the Participants icon underneath the video. This will open a sidebar on a PC or a simple list of participants on a mobile device.
Step 4: Spotlight the Desired User
Next, simply click More next to the participant’s name, or tap their name on a mobile device. To finish, click Spotlight for Everyone on a PC or tap Spotlight Video on a mobile.
Now, this person will be designated as the active speaker and their video or shared screen will be the focal point of everyone’s Zoom interface. To cancel the Spotlight, click Remove Spotlight in the top left corner of the video.
What’s the Difference Between Spotlight and Pin?
Now that we’ve covered what Spotlight does and how to use it, it would be helpful to clear up the differences between the Spotlight function and the Pin function.
They’re similar in that they make somebody the active speaker on your Zoom, but the difference is that Pin only does this on your screen. So, Pin can be very useful if you want to focus on somebody’s screen without disturbing anyone else’s view of the active speaker.
Spotlight is a Zoom feature that allows you to make one participant the active speaker. This means that their screen is the largest for everybody and prevents automatic switching to whoever else is speaking. It’s especially helpful if you have a main speaker conducting the meeting, or need people to pay attention to somebody demonstrating or running through a process.
It’s fairly easy to do and only takes seconds once you know how. Keep in mind you must have at least 3 participants in a meeting, and whoever you want to Spotlight must have their video turned on.
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