Getting Started with Zoom for PSU Faculty, Staff, and Students

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This article walks you through the basics of using Zoom: signing in, joining a meeting, finding Zoom on your computer, starting a meeting, and the settings for meetings.


About Zoom

Zoom unifies cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, group messaging, and a software-defined conference room solution into one easy-to-use platform. Our solution offers the best video, audio, and wireless screen-sharing experience across Windows, Mac, iOS, Android, Blackberry, Linux, Zoom Rooms, and H.323/SIP room systems. Founded in 2011, Zoom's mission is to develop a people-centric cloud service that transforms the real-time collaboration experience and improves the quality and effectiveness of communications forever.

Getting Started: User Guide

Signing In:

To sign-in, simply go to and click on "Sign In/My Account."

From there you can log in using your PSU username email address, not your alias email (eg. Use instead of

Note: if you have a Zoom account but cannot remember your password. Please select "Forgot your password"

Joining a Meeting:

When joining a Zoom meeting, if prompted to log in, please click the login via SSO and log in using your PSU username email address, not your alias email (eg. Use instead of

Find The Zoom App

Once you have signed in, you have the option of either "Join a Meeting" or "Host a Meeting" (in upper right corner of screen).

If you just want to join a meeting-in-progress, click on "Join a meeting". You will need your meeting ID or Meeting Room Name.

If you would like to log in and start or schedule your own meeting, click on Host a Meeting. Select if you want to host a meeting "With Video Off" or "With Video On". Click the appropriate selection for your meeting. A window will open that will ask if you want to "Launch Application" or "Do Nothing". Click "Launch Application" unless you want go back to the previous screen.

To Start

After you launch the app, you have two options; select either "Join by Phone" or "Join by Computer."

By selecting "Join by Phone", you will receive telephone numbers, the meeting ID, and Participant ID. Call either telephone numbers and follow the instructions via the telephone.

By selecting "Join by Computer", you have the option to test your computer mic and speakers first. Click the "Join Audio Conference by Computer".

Note: The client version number is located on the bottom of this dialog box.

Home Screen

Once you have logged in and launched the Zoom Application, you will see the main dialog box as shown below until you logout of Zoom. The default tab is "Home".

You can:

  • View what type of account you are logged in with (Pro or Basic)
  • Click on Start without video to start a meeting sharing your "desktop" or "application"
  • Click on Start with video to start a video meeting
  • Click on Schedule to set up a a future meeting
  • Click on Join to join a meeting that has already been started

Note: Click on the drop-down to view your profile, check for updates, switch accounts and logout.


Select "Meetings" to view, start, edit, and delete your personal meeting ID, scheduled meetings, and recorded meetings. Click here for more information on Personal Meeting ID(PMI).

Note: PMI Partially blocked for privacy.

You can:

  • Start: Selecting start will start the pre-scheduled meeting that you have listed in your upcoming meetings.
  • Edit: You can edit or update your scheduled meeting.
  • Delete: Selecting delete will permanently delete your scheduled meeting.
  • Copy: Here you can copy your scheduled meeting(s) invitation text and manually paste into an email, IM, SMS etc.

Note: if you do not see your scheduled meeting, click the refresh tab in the upper right-hand corner to update/refresh the meeting list.

Zoom Settings

You can find the Settings tab in the main dialog box or in the meeting menu bar. After clicking Settings, you will have the following options:

  • General:You can select default preferences
  • Audio:You can test, select and adjust your speakers,and microphone
  • Video:You can test and select your video camera
  • Feedback:We welcome any questions, comments, or feedback
  • Recording:Here you can browse/open your stored recordings (all recordings are stored on your local device/computer)
  • Account/Pro account:Here you can upgrade your account to PRO and manage your account details (learn more)

Meeting Features

Once you have started or joined a meeting, you can perform the following actions from the menu bar located at the bottom of the meeting window (move your mouse to toggle):

You can:

  • Invite more people to join by email, IM, SMS (mobile users) or meeting ID (learn more)
  • Screen share your desktop or specific application window (learn more)
  • Group or private chat (learn more)
  • Record your meeting (learn more)
  • Manage participants (learn More)
  • Mute and unmute your audio
  • Select audio options (learn more)
  • Stop and start your video
  • Configure your settings (learn more)
  • Leave or end the meeting

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Article ID: 2864
Fri 10/2/20 5:16 PM
Thu 12/3/20 8:37 AM
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