Sunday, March 22, 2020

How to use ~ How to Join a Zoom meeting

The Corona Virus has pushed everyone into "Social Distancing." All the restaurants in my area offer only take-out and delivery - there is no dine-in dining. Theaters and bars and gyms and beaches are all closed!

Fortunately, the Internet provides us an opportunity to connect face-to-face using video software!

How To Use Zoom: 
Join a Zoom Meeting

First, you do not need a Zoom account to join a meeting that someone else has set up. At the bottom of this article you can see how to join a meeting that I have set up.

When someone sends you an email or text message with a 9-15 digit "Meeting ID" number, go to
  • At Zoom, click on the "Join A Meeting" link. It's at the top of the page.
  • Next, enter the "Meeting ID" number.
    • Zoom may want to install a small app on your device, and that's OK.
      It should take less than a minute.
  • Many hosts now require a "password" for a 2nd form of ID.  Rick generally uses a 4-digit number for his passwords. If requested and known, then please enter it. 
  • Done. You're connected!
Or, if someone sends you a link to a Zoom meeting, just click on it. (That will launch your browser, connect to the zoom website, then the link will type in the meeting id number and password.) Next, click on the "Join" button. Done. You're connected!

It really is that easy.


You can use a PC, a laptop, a tablet, or a cell phone; and it can use Windows, Apple, or Android operating systems.

Laptops, tablets and cell phones usually have a built-in camera, microphone, and speakers. Meetings work best with that equipment.

Desktop PCs usually don't have all the pieces. You may need to add a camera, a microphone, or speakers.
  • Those components are all sold separately and available on Amazon, Walmart, Best Buy and most stores that sell electronics.
    (OOPS: Webcams in March 2020 are as scarce as toilet paper. Apparently a lot of other people what to connect, too.)
  • Webcams usually have built-in microphones.
  • Headsets have both speakers and microphones.

Zoom Practice Sessions

You're invited to practice and learn with me!

I will open several 30-minute blocks of time each week to all you to connect to me. This is intended to be a practice or training session, and will give you experience before you actually need to go live.

During the rest of March (and into April) I will also host meetings where you can just drop in to say "Hi!"

Click on the calendar below to see the meeting information for each day's session:

Next, I'll explain how you can host a meeting and invite other people to join you!

Here is an article that discusses security concerns about using Zoom.:

You can read about using a green screen for a virtual background in an earlier article.  (

I trained the PGS Board on how to use zoom. You can read about it at The article covers a lot of the information I posted there.

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