Zoom, Students, Getting Started

This guide will show students how to get started with Zoom, and some information on how to use it in the classroom.

Install and Download


Before you use Zoom, we recommend you install the Zoom software for your device. Start by going to illinois.zoom.us and click Download Client in the footer. Download the Zoom Client for Meetings.  If you're on a University of Illinois managed device, and you do not see Zoom please contact the IT office who provided you with the device.

Log In and Set Up

WEB PORTAL (illinois.zoom.us)

Go to illinois.zoom.us and log in with your Illinois NetID and password. 


  1. Once the Zoom Client for Meetings is installed, click the Sign In button.
  2. Click Sign In with SSO
  3. Enter illinois when prompted for your company domain. 
  4. Enter your Illinois NetID and password on the University of Illinois login screen.

    More in-depth sign in instructions can be found here: Zoom, Logging In

Where do I find my course meeting?

Determine how the meeting invite will be shared:

Find out from your course staff how they will be sharing the meeting invitation or ID:

  • Sharing using Moodle or Compass2g
    1. Find the Zoom module within the course page. 
  • Sharing the meeting URL
    1. Click the meeting URL and open in Zoom Desktop client when prompted
  • Sharing the meeting ID
    1. Find the meeting ID from the professor or shared course site.  Open the Zoom Desktop application on your PC or mobile device.  Click join, and enter the meeting ID.    

How do I join the meeting?

ONLINE COURSE (Compass or Moodle)

  1. Log in to your online course site.
  2. Find the Zoom tool or module within your course.
  3. NOTE: it may exist as a module or it may have been added to the Course calendar.  
    • Please speak with your professor or course staff to determine exactly where they will post the meeting link, 
  4. If using the Zoom tool or module click Upcoming Meeting tab at the top.
  5. Find the meeting for the days lecture or meeting.   
  6. Click join 
    • Or copy the meeting ID and join using the instructions below.
  7. You will then be prompted to open the meeting in the Zoom Desktop application. 
  8. Click “Open in Zoom” and the application will prompt your join your audio.  
  9. It is recommended to join using computer audio

Meeting ID (illinois.zoom.us)

  1. Open the Zoom desktop application
  2. Click Join
  3. Enter the meeting ID in the Join Meeting window
  4. You will then be prompted to open the meeting in the Zoom Desktop application. 
  5. Click “Open in Zoom” and the application will prompt your join your audio.  
  6. It is recommended to join using computer audio

Meeting URL (illinois.zoom.us)

  1. You can simply click the meeting URL to join a Zoom meeting.  
  2. You will then be prompted to open the meeting in the Zoom Desktop application. 
  3. Click “Open in Zoom” and the application will prompt your join your audio.  
  4. It is recommended to join using computer audio

Meeting Controls


After joining or starting a meeting, you can join audio by phone or by computer. Choose Join Audio by Computer to connect your computer’s speaker and microphone to the Zoom meeting. You can test your audio connection before joining by clicking the Test Computer Audio link.


  1. Before or during a meeting, click Settings in the Zoom app menu. 
  2. Click on the Video tab to preview your camera or click the drop-down arrow to choose a different camera. 
  3. During a meeting, click Video in the meeting toolbar to start or stop your video.

In-meeting Control Bar

In meeting control bar with buttons labeled 1 through 9.

  1. This button will allow you to mute and unmute your mic.  When the mic is muted a red line will be drawn diagonally through it.  My mic is currently NOT muted above.  The ^ symbol to the right of Mute will allow you to control your audio settings within a meeting.  You can set your audio to the device you’re using or sync it to your system audio.
  2. The video button will start and stop your camera.   If you do not want your camera to display, this button should look the same as above.
  3. If you have permissions to invite, you will be able to invite other users to your meeting here.
  4. View the participants in the meeting if you have permission.
  5. Share your desktop or an individual application.
  6. The chat button will allow you to open the in-meeting chat.  You can send messages to one participant or the entire class.  Please speak with your course staff to find out more about how Q&A will be handled in your individual section.
  7. If you have permission to record the meeting you can do so here.
  8. Click here to leave or end the video meeting

How do I raise my hand?

Raising you hand can be done by clicking “Participants” (button #4 above) in the in-meeting control bar and clicking the “Raise Hand” icon highlighted below:

Participants menu with raise hand highlighted.After you have clicked the raise hand button, the hand icon will appear next to your name in the participants listing.  Please wait patiently for your teacher to notice and call on you.  Be ready to unmute yourself (button #1) and speak slowly and clearly.


Screensharing Controls

When you have decided to share your screen during a meeting by pressing Share Screen (#5) button in the In-Meeting Control Bar on the previous page, you will be asked to select what content you would like to share. After you have selected either a full desktop screen, specific application, mobile device or whiteboard, the in-meeting controls will change to what is pictured below:

Sharing screen control bar with buttons labeled 1 through 8.

  1. This button will again allow you to mute or unmute your mic
  2. You can still start or stop your video here
  3. Manage participants remains unchanged
  4. New Share will allow the user currently sharing the option of selecting a new desktop, application, or other device to share.
  5. Pause share will allow you to pause the currently shared screen if you need a moment to do something private.
  6. Annotate gives you access to tools that will allow you to highlight and draw on the shared screen.
  7. The Remote Control feature allows you to take control of another participants screen in a meeting
  8. More stores most other features you may want access to during a screen sharing session.  Access to the meeting chat, breakout rooms and invite more guest can all be found in more.
  9. When you are finished with sharing your screen, press the Stop Share button highlighted above in the purple rectangle.

IMPORTANT:This bar can be moved anywhere you prefer while you are sharing your screen. Simply click and drag the bar to a better location.

Helpful Hints

Video conferences are a great way to meet - and stay connected with - your classmates, instructor and teachers aids (TA). To make sure you get the most out of every session, keep the following tips and tricks in mind:

  • Log in illinois.zoom.us to activate your license.   Follow the instructions here to make sure you are logging in to Zoom correctly.
  • Find a quiet location from which to join your session. 
  • Join a session a few minutes early to test your audio and video connections. You should also make sure you have the latest Zoom app downloaded.
  • Use a headset (or earbuds) instead of speakers and a microphone. The connection may sound fine to you, but speakers and a microphone generate too much feedback for others.
  • Mute your audio unless you are speaking (or in line to speak) to prevent unintentional background noise from disrupting the conversation.
  • For general technical issues, visit support.zoom.us. Licensed users can use Zoom Support live chat by signing in to illinois.zoom.us and clicking the blue “Help” bubble in the lower-right corner.
  • For issues logging in through SSO or general questions, email Tech Services at consult@illinois.edu.
  • Search the campus Knowledge Base for Zoom articles on various topics.
  • Read Zoom’s Student Tips for Participating in Online Learning (PDF).

Where do I find Training?

Additional Resources and Support

  • Free support for Zoom is available 24x7: Dial-in +1.888.799.9666, ext 2.
  • For additional support, go to support.zoom.us and click Submit a Request at the top of the page OR use the Live chat option in the bottom right corner.
  • Visit https://ops.citl.illinois.edu/for-students for additional resources.

IMPORTANT: If you are having difficulties activating your Zoom license, downloading the Zoom Desktop Application, logging into Zoom or any other technical issues please contact the Technology Services Help Desk by emailing consult@illinois.edu or calling 217-244-7000

Keywords:In-meeting, control, share, screen   Doc ID:99188
Owner:zoom t.Group:University of Illinois Technology Services
Created:2020-03-20 12:08 CDTUpdated:2020-11-11 12:14 CDT
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