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Quick keyboard shortcuts to master Zoom conferences

by Pratik
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So, you in amidst of a Zoom meeting and your niece starts crying. Or better, your cute pet dog starts barking. It’s annoying for you and everyone that’s in the call. But, you could just spare yourself and everyone and hit that Space bar to mute yourself out. Well, keyboard shortcuts do come handy and super handy if you are dealing with an important meeting from home.  So, here are some of the quick keyboard shortcuts to save yourself from embarrassment.

Keyboard Shortcuts for Zoom Meetings

These keyboard shortcuts are different for Windows, Mac,  and Linux.

1. Windows

  • Hold Space bar: Temporarily mute/unmute yourself during a call
  • Alt+A: Quickly mute/unmute yourself during a call
  • Alt+M: Mute/Unmute except yourself during the call (host only)
  • Alt+R: Start/Stop recording of the meeting
  • Alt+S: Start/Stop screen sharing
  • Alt+T: Pause/Resume screen sharing
  • Alt+Shift+T: Take a screenshot
  • Alt+V: Start/Stop Video
  • Ctrl+\: Show/Hide meeting controls

2. Mac

  • Hold Space bar: Quickly mute/unmute yourself during a call
  • ⌘+Shift+A: Quickly mute/unmute yourself during a call
  • ⌘+Ctrl+M: Mute everyone except yourself during the call (host only)
  • ⌘+Ctrl+U: Unmute everyone except yourself during the call (host only)
  • ⌘+Shift+R: Start/Stop recording of the meeting
  • ⌘+Shift+S: Start/Stop screen sharing
  • ⌘+Shift+T: Pause/Resume screen sharing
  • ⌘+T: Take a screenshot
  • ⌘+Shift+V: Start/Stop Video
  • Ctrl+\: Show/Hide meeting controls

3. Linux

  • Alt+A: Quickly mute/unmute yourself during a call
  • Alt+M: Mute/Unmute except yourself during the call (host only)
  • Alt+S: Start/Stop screen sharing
  • Alt+T: Pause/Resume screen sharing
  • Alt+Shift+T: Take a screenshot
  • Alt+V: Start/Stop Video
  • Ctrl+\: Show/Hide meeting controls
  • Alt+R: Start/Stop recording of the meeting

How to modify Zoom shortcuts

You cannot modify the hotkeys/keyboard shortcuts in Zoom.

Zoom doesn’t allow keyboard shortcut modifications. You can view all the shortcuts under Zoom Settings. To do that click on the gear icon at the top-right corner in the Zoom app. On the Settings menu tab, navigate to the Keyboard Shortcuts tab(Windows/Mac) or Accessibility(Linux) to view all the keyboard shortcuts.

keyboard shortcuts for Zoom meetings

Closing Words

Apart from these quick shortcuts, there a bunch of tips and tricks for Zoom that can help your manage or host Zoom meeting better. Zoom is not an entire collaborative or communication tool. Hence, it provides a lot of third-party app integration like Slack, Gmail, Google Calendar, etc.

For more issues or queries regarding Zoom, let me know in the comments below

Also Read: How to Auto Record Zoom Meetings

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