How to Enter a Zoom Meeting

Dr. Richard L. Bowman
Education Consultant
Harrisonburg, VA, USA  22802


If you have never received an email like the one below, then the probability that you will get one within the next few months (or tomorrow!) is very high.

sample email invitation to Zoom
Begin by clicking the link in the email.
Accepting the Invitation 

If you are interested in the meeting whether an informal family gathering, a symposium, or a church service, don't hold back because you have never used Zoom. Simply click on the link embedded in the email. You can easily take it from there as described in the next paragraphs and screen captures.

what your browser will look like after clinck the emailed link
You must let Zoom access its software, or you cannotparticipate.
Getting into the Zoom Meeting

If you are a first-time user of Zoom, your web browser may automatically try to download the appropriate plug-in software for your browser to access Zoom meetings. If you do not see a window like the small one in the image above asking you if it can use the Zoom software, then click on the link at the bottom of the window to get the software. After it is installed, close it, and then start this all over again. It should work after the download and installatiion. 

Don't get overwhelmed by the n ext few pop-up windows. Just read the questions being asked. Make sure to say "yes" so you can do the following.

After discovering in the spring of 2020 that some people broke into meetings unsolicited and unauthorized, the Zoom software engineers made it so that ALL participants must enter a meeting through a waiting room. When persons enter the waiting room, the host receives a notice of who they are and that they are awaiting entrance into the discussion room. When a participant enters a waiting room they receive the notice below as a window on their Zoom zapp.

windowing annoucing  to you that you are in the waiting room

While waiting to be allowed to enter the Zoom event, there should be a link that can be clicked on to test your speakers and microphone. If you see it, click on it and turn both of these up to something like 50-75% maximum capacity so others can hear you and you them.


When you are in the Zoom meeting, you will see a narrow version of a browser window open with pictures of you and others. Use the middle button on the top right of the window to make this window to be full-screen.

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If you and one other person are the only ones yet at a meeting, the display will like something like the one above.  With a larger group, the display will look like the one of our church meeting shown below.

some of those attending church through a Zoom connection
All of the icons at the bottom will help you control your Zoom experience. There is always more to learn!

When a larger group arrives or attends you might only see some of them at any one time. There are arrows at the left- and right-sides that allow you to scroll through and see everyone.

Also, note the icons at the bototm of the screen for your microphone and video devices. If you do not see the, try clicking on yimage and see if they show up after that. If either icon has a diagonal line throughy it, then these are not active for you. When you want to speak, make sure the microphone icon is just a palin ion with no diagonal.

Have fun. Learn a lot. Be challenged.

--Richard L. Bowman; © 2020

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