Zoom: Creating Polls Ahead of Time

How to create Zoom polls prior to meetings/classes

To save time in class or meetings, you may wish to create polls in advance. Follow the steps below to create polls for your class or meeting ahead of time. 

Note: Make sure that you are using the most recent version of Zoom to ensure that the information in these pages matches what you see. This documentation from Zoom explains how to check for updates. After updating, restart your computer. 

Making Sure Your Settings are Correct 

Before you can begin creating polls, first make sure the “Meeting Polls” setting is selected. To do this: 

  1. Go to illinois.zoom.us to access your UIUC Zoom account. Log in with your Net ID and password. 

  2. On the left side of the screen, click Settings and scroll down to "Meeting Polls." Make sure this setting is selected and blue.  

 Screenshot showing "meeting polls" being turned on in Zoom settings.

Creating Polls Ahead of Time 

  1. After confirming that your settings are correct, you are now ready to make your polls. 

  2. First, click Meetings on the left side of the screen.  

  3. Select the meeting you wish to create polls for. 

    1. Note: you do not need to click Edit, just click on the name of the meeting. 

  4. You will now see the details of your meeting. Scroll to the bottom of the page and locate the box that says "You have not created any poll yet." Click Add to begin adding your poll questions.   

    Screenshot of a poll option, with the "add" button selected.

  5. After clicking Add, a pop-up window will appear that allows you to enter your poll questions. You can give the poll a title, mark if you would like answers to be anonymous, and change your question to be either single or multiple choice.

    Screenshot of Add a Poll pop-up window

  6. You can add multiple poll questions here. At the bottom of the pop-up window there is an option that says "+ Add a Question." The screenshot below shows what questions will look like. Please note that you can edit and delete questions later. 


    Screenshot showing a test poll, with three questions filled in. There are options to "edit" and "delete" next to the questions.
  7. Once you are finished adding your questions, click Save at the bottom of the window. This is what should appear at the bottom of the page after you click Save

    Screenshot showing saved poll in Zoom.
  8. When you attend the meeting you created polls for, click the Poll feature in Zoom to see the poll questions you created. You can then launch the poll and students will be able to answer the questions.  

 Screenshot shows a poll that has been launched in Zoom.

Screenshot shows what poll looks like once it has launched.



Keywords"How to", guide, making, make, Zoom, vote, survey, before   Doc ID129176
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Created2023-06-16 13:44:07Updated2024-05-23 15:11:24
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