Customising Zoom to suit you


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Protecting your privacy when using Zoom

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This activity will show you some of the ways in which you can tweak the settings in Zoom to suit you.

Whether you want to adjust the accessibility settings, add a profile picture or customise your background, Zoom allows you to edit your settings to suit your preferences.

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General in-call settings

Zoom gives you a range of options to control your settings while in a call. The in-call controls appear at the bottom of the screen and allow you to:

  • Mute/unmute your microphone by clicking on the microphone icon.
  • Turn your camera on and off by clicking on the video icon.
  • Post comments to the Chat feature by clicking on the speech bubble icon, including to individuals only.
  • Share your screen by clicking on the icon of a box with the upward pointing arrow.
The in-call icons that are visible on the bottom of the screen in a Zoom call.
You can upload an image to use as your profile picture in Zoom.

Setting a profile picture

As a default, Zoom will use your initials as your profile picture. You can keep using your initials, or personalise your profile picture by signing into Zoom, clicking on your initials and uploading a photo of yourself to the Profile section.

Changing your background

You may wish to blur or alter the background of your video so people can’t see what is behind you. To do this, click on Settings and then click on Virtual backgrounds.

You will see a range of backgrounds from which to choose – anything from the Northern Lights to a beach in the tropics. Have some fun and try out different backgrounds for your next Zoom call!

A Zoom caller using a tropical beach picture as her background.
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eSafety tip

You can join a meeting or a call without using video. If you are uncomfortable using video, or your device doesn’t have a camera, you can simply join using your microphone and speakers.

Zoom has some great accessibility settings to choose from to make life a little easier.

Accessibility settings

Zoom has a number of features that support accessibility. These features include:

  • Closed captioning.
  • Keyboard shortcuts.
  • Automatic transcripts.
  • Screen reader support.

For further information on accessibility help while using Zoom, visit

Audio and video settings

Zoom allows you to turn your video and microphone on and off with the click of your mouse button. As a default, Zoom will also ask if you’d like to turn your video on before you join a call or meeting.

It's also good etiquette to keep your microphone muted when you are not speaking, so that any background noise doesn't accidentally get transmitted and interrupt the call.

Zoom asks if you want to connect to a call using your computer's audio equipment.
A Zoom caller waiving goodbye at the end of a call.

Well done!

You’ve reached the end of the Customising Zoom to suit you activity. You should now know some of the ways in which you can adjust the settings within Zoom to suit you, but there are many other options to explore. We recommend spending some time adjusting your settings so that your Zoom experience is what you want it to be.

The next activity, Using Zoom to connect with others, will show you how to make a one-on-one call and also join a group meeting using Zoom.