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All your Zoom questions answered, from sharing audio to making yourself look better


Zoom is having a bit of a moment (Picture: Getty)

While most of us have become relatively au fait with Zoom as of late, what with the endless video calls and virtual pub quizzes, there are some basic functions we’re still scratching our heads over.

Like, how do you share audio through Zoom? And, can you cast to your television?

We’re here with the answers.

How to share music through Zoom

Whether you want to share your computer audio for your virtual music quiz or just want to have a listening party with your friends, it couldn’t be easier to share music through Zoom.

Firstly, you need to download the desktop app, as you cannot share audio through the web browser.

  • Next, when you’re on a call, you simply click on ‘Share Screen’ on the bottom bar, underneath your camera
  • From here, click on the ‘Advanced’ on the right-hand corner
  • Click on ‘Music or Computer Sound Only’ and then ‘Share’
Sharing your computer audio is a must for any serious quizmaster (Picture: Getty)

If you want to share your screen at the same time, then simply click ‘Share Screen’ and then tick the ‘Share computer sound’ at on the bottom left-hand corner.

This option, needless to say, doesn’t work so well for quizzes….

How to record Zoom meetings

If you are hosting a meeting, you can record it by hitting the ‘Record’ button on the right-hand side of the bar at the bottom of your screen.

Once the meeting is over, your recording will be saved as an .mp4 file.

You’ll get a message at the end of the meeting which tells you where to find your video file, normally in your downloads folder.

For free accounts, only the host can initiate a recording, so if another participant wants to record, they must get permission from the host.

To do that, they can set them up as an alternative host

There is advice on how to do this on the Zoom website.

Most people have been spending more time on Zoom than they’d like…(Picture: Bloomberg via Getty Images)

How to look better on Zoom

Unbeknownst to some, Zoom has a special hidden beauty feature which allows you to apply a filter which smooths out your lines and brightens your skin ever-so-slightly.

Zoom describes the effect as ‘a softening effect to skin to minimize the visibility of imperfections.’ Which is basically a beauty filter for our new working environment.

To use it, go to ‘Preferences’ then click on ‘Video’ and press ‘Touch up my appearance.’

Alternatively, you can change this setting when you’re in a call by clicking on ‘Video settings’ in the bottom left hand side of your screen.

No-one will ever know…

Can you cast Zoom to your television?

The short answer is yes, you can cast Zoom to your television, but exactly how you do it will depend on the device you’re using.

If your laptop is connected to your television through a HDMI cable or screen-mirroring, you should be able to view your fellow participants there.

Set up for that will vary based on your television and device.

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