Zoom Classes: Deaf Tips: Before & During: Screen-Sharing, Annotate, Slides, Playing Video, Non-Captioned Video

Last Updated: May 9, 2024 3:41 PM

Before: Getting Ready: Screen-Sharing, Annotate and Slides

Side by Side Mode for Screen-Sharing

Meeting participants who are viewing a shared screen can switch to side-by-side mode, which allows them to see the shared screen alongside either the Speaker view or Gallery view, depending on which view they choose. They can also adjust the location of the separator between the shared screen and video to change the relative size of each side.

  • Sign in to Zoom.
  • Click your profile picture then click Settings.
  • Click the Share Screen tab.
  • Click the Side-by-Side Mode check box.
  • Zoom will automatically enter side-by-side mode when a participant starts sharing their screen

Tip: Sometimes when you are screen sharing, the videos appear small. You can click on the gallery icon above the videos to enlarge the videos. You can adjust further by using the corners of the videos to re-size.

Enable Annotation 

  • Sign in to Zoom.

  • In the navigation panel, click Settings.

  • Click the Meeting tab.

  • Under In Meeting (Basic), verify that Annotation is enabled.


  • Use the wide-screen option for Slides

  • You can experiment with using your PowerPoint as a virtual background so your video shows up in front. Sometimes this is blurry, so it might not be helpful. 

    • Click the Share Screen button located in your meeting controls.
    • Click Advanced.
    • Click Slides as Virtual Background.

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