How to Share Your Screen in a Zoom Meeting

Zoom is a video conferencing platform and it kind of rocks at it. Zoom offers a ton of features and works on a ridiculous amount of devices. One of the best features that zoom offers is the ability to share screens. Similar to how Microsoft Teams handles screen sharing, Zoom allows you to share specific programs or your entire screen. You can also annotate while screen sharing or draw on a digital whiteboard. Screen sharing is even supported on Android & iPhone. Check out today’s tutorial on how to share your screen in a Zoom meeting.

How to Share Your Screen in a Zoom Meeting on Desktop

Step 1: While in a Zoom meeting, hover over the window so that the Meeting controls appear

Zoom Meeting Controls

Step 2: Click the green Share icon

Zoom Meeting Share Icon

Step 3: Select the screen or program you wish to share and then click the Share button

Zoom Meeting Select Screen for Sharing

There is an important difference between sharing a screen and a program. Choosing to share your screen will show your entire screen to the participants while choosing the program will only show the program itself.

You may also notice the two check-boxes at the lower left of the Select a window screen. The left most checkbox will allow participants to hear audio from your computer while the right most will optimize your screen sharing (use this on slower connections).

You can also share only a portion of your screen if you choose. This is under the advanced tab of the screen sharing window. A box will appear that you can resize. Everything inside the box will be what’s shown to participants.

Zoom Share Portion of Screen

Step 4: When finished sharing your screen, click the Stop Share button at the top of your screen (you may need to hover your mouse over the top portion of your screen to see it)

Zoom Stop Sharing

You can also annotate on your shared screen by using the Annotate button located in this same ribbon.

How to Share Your Screen on Mobile

These steps should apply to both Apple and Android devices using the Zoom app.

Step 1: While in a Zoom meeting, tap the screen so that the Meeting controls appear and then tap the Share button

Zoom Share Button on Mobile

Step 2: Tap the Screen option in the menu that appears

You may need to allow Zoom permission so go ahead and do that. If a confirmation box appears also go ahead and confirm it.

Zoom Share Screen on Mobile

Step 3: When finished sharing your screen, tap the Stop Share button that appears at the lower left of your phone (it may be collapsed so tap the > icon first)

Final Thoughts

Zoom makes it incredibly easy to share screens and programs across a number of devices. Hopefully you’re now able to attend your meeting with confidence in your screen sharing abilities.

Curious about other things you can do in Zoom meetings? Check out our tutorial on how to mute all participants of a meeting with a single click (or tap).

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