Setting that aren’t easy to find in Zoom

Zoom has a lot of features.



Some of them are not by any means easy to locate.  I mean, even not easy enough that I may have told you that apparently we didn’t have access to those features.

So here is the issue.  You need to create the zoom meeting room through blackboard.  That way it is tied to your course, and has all your students getting easy access.  But after you save the room:

Leave Blackboard.

Go to and login back in

To find the option for preassigning break out rooms:

and click on Meetings and find the meeting room you just made.

Click on it’s name and then go to the bottom and find Edit this Meeting.

Towards the bottom, in the Meeting Options section, you will see Breakout Room pre-assign. This lets you create the rooms manually, or with a CSV file.

ALSO FOUND HERE:  What you need to stop ZoomBombs:

Anyone can share the link to the meeting.  It can even be a student in the class that is signed in from another device doing the trolling.  The only way to stop this is to enable the authentication profiles and force them to use a specific domain account.  We have done just that so you can add it to any of your meetings.  Simply go into the meeting options and check the “only authenticated users can join” option.  Please be sure to leave the domain as  I am including a screenshot below.  This will force them to use a email address and they can no longer be anonymous in the session.

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Set a Virtual Background, Controlling who can share screens, send invites to meetings in different languages, etc:

Go to Settings on the left menu and dig through this area.  Note that some options are locked by “admin”.

Actually choose the Virtual Background:

This must be done in settings in the Zoom application. (Oiy!)  It will download a virtual desktop package to your machine the first time.

Leave some comments below if you find more “hidden” features in zoom!


3 thoughts on “Setting that aren’t easy to find in Zoom

  1. An appropriate background for you!
    I am currently working from my dark, unfinished basement. Having a background to choose from makes it look a little more professional!

  2. How can I add the scheduled Zoom class meeting to my Google calendar when I set up the class meeting through Blackboard? It blocks Google calendar when I’m on BB.
    Also, note that at least for older computers, the only way you can use the virtual background is if you are in front of a blank wall or screen. If you are, it works well. If you have a regular room behind you, it will not work.

    1. After you schedule the new meeting and click “Save”, if you scroll back to the top of that page, you should see the Add To Google Calendar/OutlookCalendar/Yahoo Calendar options.

      If the meeting is already scheduled, clicking on it’s name in your list of upcoming meetings should present you with the same options.

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