Zoom Online Manual for Students

Hello, and welcome to The Writing Barn’s online video course manual for students. This manual will contain a step-by-step guide for starting and using zoom, tips, best practices, and general troubleshooting. We recommend using Zoom on desktop, but if you are planning on using Zoom on mobile, click here.


1. Enter “zoom.us” into URL bar
2. Scroll to the bottom of the page and click “download”


3. Click “download” for “Zoom client for meetings”


4.Wait for invite through email

5. Click URL from email invite


6. URL will open in your browser, and you will be prompted by a message; select “Open zoom.us”


7. Zoom will open, and you will now be in the classroom


How to Share Screen:

1. In Zoom select “Share Screen”


2. Multiple windows will appear, select the program screen you wish to share such as “PowerPoint”


3. If presenting a PowerPoint, select “Presenter View”











4. To stop sharing your screen, look at the top of your desktop and select “Stop Share”







How to Share Document:

1. In Zoom, select “Chat”


2. In chat box select “More” and select “Share file in meeting.”


3. Select the document you would like to share from your computer.

How to Raise a Hand:

1. Sometimes the most effective way to get an instructor’s attention is by raising a virtual hand.

2. If you would like to raise a hand, click “Participants” in the lower section of your Zoom chat.



3. In the “Participants” window select “Raise Hand”

















For FAQs and general troubleshooting tips, visit the Zoom FAQ section here.


Common questions:

Getting Started On PC and Mac

How Do I Find My Local Recording

Where Do I Download The Latest Version?

How Do I Join A Meeting?

How Do I Join My Computer Audio?

My Video/Camera Isn’t Working

How Do I Share My Screen?

How Do I Schedule Meetings?


For zoom video tutorials click here.

Join a meeting

Schedule a Meeting with Zoom Website

Meeting Controls

Scheduling a Meeting with Google Calendar

Scheduling a Meeting with Outlook

Assigning Scheduling Privilege in Outlook

Scheduling a Zoom Webinar

Breakout Rooms

Closed Captioning

All About Zoom Webinar

If you are new to online learning, or are not sure if all your equipment is working, consider doing a test-run with a friend to make sure your audio and video are working correctly.


For smooth zooming place your computer on a solid surface such as a desk or table, and sit in a well-lit room. Also, make sure you are in a room where you will not be disturbed.