Zoom Guide for Attendees

If you're a Speaker, please visit our Zoom Guide for Presenters

Test Your Settings

It is recommended that you test your computer prior to attending a meeting.  You can do this by going to zoom.us/test

The test meeting will launch.  If this is your first time using Zoom, you will be prompted to download the Zoom Client.
Note: If you would like to install this before launching the test meeting, you can do so here: zoom.us/download

Join a Meeting

  1. Navigate to the meeting URL in a browser. This should be a link that looks similar to: https://wustl-hipaa.zoom.us/j/####.
  2. If this is your first time joining a Zoom meeting, you will be prompted to download and run the Zoom Client. Follow the on-screen prompts to install the Client.
  3. Once the Zoom Client has been installed, your meeting will launch


Once you enter into a Zoom meeting, you will be prompted to connect your audio. You can also connect your audio by following these steps:

  1. Click the Join Audio button at the bottom of the Zoom meeting.
  2. Select whether you want to connect to the audio via Phone Call or Computer Audio.
    • If connecting via Phone Call, dial the number shown and follow the prompts to enter the Meeting ID and Participant ID. Click Done once you are connected via phone.
    • If connecting via Computer Audio, click Test Computer Mic & Speakers to check your settings. After testing, click Join Audio Conference by Computer.

Remember to always use a headset or headphones when connecting to audio with your computer to help avoid any audio feedback issue


The chat feature can be helpful if you want to share a message to the attendees or faculty without interrupting the speaker. It can also be useful when communicating with others if you have technical issues.

  1. Click the Chat button at the bottom of the Zoom meeting. This will open the chat panel.
  2. Select your audience for your chat message using the To selector at the bottom of the chat window.
    • Selecting a specific person will allow you send a private message to just that individual, whereas selecting everyone will send your message to all meeting participants.
  3. Type in your message then press the Enter key on your keyboard to send the message.

Q&A (Webinar only)

Question & Answer: Open the Q&A window, allowing you to ask questions to the host and panelists. They can either reply back to you via text in the Q&A window or answer your question live.

To ask a question:

  1. Type your question into the Q&A box. Click Send.
    Note: Check Send Anonymously if you do not want your name attached to your question in the Q&A.(based on availability of the webinar)
  2. If the host replies via the Q&A, you will see a reply in the Q&A window.
    • The host can also answer your question live (out loud). You will see a notification in the Q&A window if the host plans to do this.
  3. As an attendee you can also like or comment on other attendee’s questions. This helps the host or participant identify popular questions, especially in a webinar with many attendees.
    • Click the thumbs up icon to like a comment.
      Tip: The number beside the icon is the total number of likes the question has received so far.

View Options

In the top right of the meeting window, click on a button to toggle your view.

1. Swap shared screen with video

2. Full Screen Mode

Note: To exit full screen mode, click View Options and select "Exit Full Screen".

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