Zoom Essentials Book – FREE!

Zoom Essentials Book – FREE!

There is a new book just released this week in the Take Control series called Take Control of Zoom Essentials. I did say FREE! It isn’t as comprehensive as his other Zoom book but is a good starting point for many. It is available in a few formats such as PDF or as an ePub. You can view on your computer or iPad.

Zoom became the online tool that everyone suddenly needed to master for school, work, and social life. This free Take Control book is here to help. Take Control of Zoom Essentials gets you quickly up to speed, including installing a Zoom app or using Zoom in a browser if you haven’t yet done so. It takes you through setup of your hardware, physical space, and Zoom apps, and teaches you to be an effective participant in meetings, including sharing your screen. This short, free book will make you an intermediate Zoom user in hours, without frustration.

How do you find it? Just follow the link. https://www.takecontrolbooks.com/zoom-essentials/

Sharing your Screen in Zoom

Sharing your Screen in Zoom

If you participate in one of our TVAUG Tuesdays Help sessions via Zoom, you may have to show us what your issue is on your Mac, iPad, or iPhone. Every situation at the Help session doesn’t require a screen share.  But here are some tips just in case you wish to do so.
If you have never shared your screen in Zoom before, there are some things that you need to do to make everything work smoothly.
This is a one time setup.

On the Mac you need to go in System Preferences  > Privacy& Security > Screen Recording, You will need to unlock the icon in the bottom left with your password.  Then check Zoom. Then lock it back up and exit System Preferences.

On an iPad/ iPhone it is similar. Go to iOS Settings > tap Control Center > tap Customize Controls > tap the + sign next to Screen Recording. Then close out of Settings. Then when back in Zoom if you want to share your  screen click on Share Content.

Just to clarify… when you share your screen it just means that we can see your screen. We can’t control it or make any changes.

This should save lots of time on Tuesdays. I hope this helps.

Zoom Reflections

Zoom Reflections

On Friday, May 1 we had a successful online Q&A using Zoom.  We’ve had numerous positive responses from participants and a few suggestions.

Here are some details. We had 47 participant members in this first session. On Thursday’s practice session to become familiar with Zoom we had 14 participants. Most had no prior experience with Zoom. Here are a few  takeaways from my perspective. Overall it was a success. Participants were able to connect with both audio and video. We were able to do screen sharing. Questions were submitted through the built in chat. Then the question submitter could elaborate and explain in more detail. We attempted to have a variety of people respond.

We had 94 people request invitations. About half connected on Friday.2 people canceled due to conflicts. Maybe others got busy, forgot, or had second thoughts. Maybe a few were not sure how to connect to Zoom. A few misplaced the email with the Meeting ID and password.

We more than likely use will  Zoom again, especially while the Saddlebrook Rec Center is unavailable. We also have many members who are wisely keeping their distance due to underlying health reasons.  Security and privacy was a  concern. Zoom has received lots of bad publicity and have made strides to be more secure. Some of the issues were the practices not  taken by the hosts. We covered those pretty thoroughly. It was a private invite via Mail Chimp to members only. The detailed information was sent to you by request. We asked you to not share that information. You need to identify yourself. We verified that. You had to enter a password. Participants were muted initially. We limited screen sharing. Everyone passed with flying colors.

It may even be a way to connect with presenters who can contribute but can’t attend.

Changing Your Zoom Virtual Background

Changing Your Zoom Virtual Background

We had a couple of TVAUG members who were not able to change their virtual backgrounds in this morning’s Q&A session that Tony and Bruce co-hosted. There are some minimum hardware requirements to do so and as promised, here they are as specified on Zoom’s website…


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  • Zoom Desktop Client for Mac, 4.6.0 (13614.1202) or higher
  • 4th generation i7 quad-core or higher processor
  • 6th generation i5 dual-core or higher processor
  • Note: 6th generation i5 dual-core processor, requires MacOS 10.14 or higher

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    • Zoom Desktop Client for Mac, version 4.6.4 (17383.0119) or higher
    • macOS 10.9 or later
    • Supported processor:
      • i5 quad-core or higher
      • 6th generation i7 dual-core or higher, with macOS 10.14 or later
      • Any processor with a physical core of 8 or higher

The above requirements are for Mac’s. For other devices, check out Zoom’s complete support article here