The tips below will help make Zoom meetings more accessible for you.
Individual accessibility settings
Did you know that the Zoom client allows individual accessibility settings? (link)
Reduce distracting noise by turning off your microphones and only turning on your microphone when you have something to say. Think about the sounds around you. Are there fans, or an open window, creating unnecessary background noise in the meeting? Your incoming sound will be better if you use an external microphone or headset rather than the computer’s microphone.
You can also change settings in the Zoom client to control how much the background noise should be reduced.
Make sure you are sitting with even, good lighting so your face is clearly visible. This makes it easy to read your lips. Place the light source so you are facing the light. Bright light from behind you can shade your face and make it difficult to see.
Zoom allows you to control the size of the screen, to enlarge text or a presentation being shared in Zoom. Click on “View options”, which is shown at the top of the screen when someone is sharing their screen, then choose the desired size under Zoom Ratio.
Focus on a specific person (Pin)
Focus on a specific person using a “Pin” to focus on their picture during the meeting. Place your cursor over the person you want in full picture by clicking on the three dots on the person’s picture and select “Pin video”. You can mark a maximum of two at the same time. When you want to remove the focus marker, click on the three dots again and select “unpin video”. You are the only one who sees your Pin.
Move people around the screen
You can select the order in which people should be shown using “Gallery view”. Drag and drop their images in the order you want. It will not affect the order seen by any other participants.
If you use the meeting chat to take notes, it may be a good idea to save them before you leave the meeting. This allows you to go back and read the comments and links shared during the meeting. To save the chat, click on the three dots in the lower right of the chat and choose “save chat”.
Using these keyboard shortcuts allows you to navigate in Zoom using the keyboard.
Ctrl+Alt+Shift – show Zoom’s meeting controls
Alt+A – turn the microphone on and off
Alt+S – show screen sharing menu
Alt+T - pause or resume screen sharing
Alt+R – start recording
Alt+P – pause or resume recording
Alt+F – leave or open full screen mode
Alt+H – show or hide chat window
Alt+U – show or hide participant list
Alt+Y – raise or lower hand