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Zoom is one of the top video conferencing applications currently on the market. If you’re working from home or need to have a meeting with a remote client, you’ll need to know how to set up a Zoom meeting. Let’s get started.

How to Download Zoom

If you’re just joining a Zoom meeting, you don’t need to have Zoom installed on your computer. However, if you’re the host, you’ll need to download and install the software package. To do so, go to Zoom’s Download Center and select the “Download” button under “Zoom Client for Meetings.”

Download button in download center

Choose the location on your computer where you’d like to save the download. Once the download is finished, “ZoomInstaller” will appear.

Zoom installer icon

Run the software, and Zoom will begin installing.

Installing software image

Once the installation is complete, Zoom will open automatically.

How to Set Up a Zoom Meeting

When you start Zoom, you’ll be offered a few different options. Select the orange “New Meeting” icon to start a new meeting.

new meeting icon

Once selected, you’ll now be in a virtual video conference room. At the bottom of the window, select “Invite.”

The Zoom Invite icon

A new window will appear, presenting various methods for inviting people to the call. You’ll be in the “Contacts” tab by default.

Contacts tab

If you already have a list of contacts, you can simply select the person you want to contact and then click the “Invite” bottom in the bottom-right corner of the window.

Invite contacts

Alternatively, you can select the “Email” tab and choose an email service to send the invitation.

Email tab

When you select the service you’d like to use, an email will appear with the different methods for the user to join your meeting. Enter the recipients in the “To” address bar and then select the “Send” button.

Email content for requesting someone to join a meeting

Finally, if you want to invite someone via Slack or some other communication app, you can (1) copy the video conference invitation URL, or (2) copy the invitation email to your clipboard and share it with them directly.

Copy url or invitation

All that’s left to do is wait for the recipients of the invitation to join the call.

Once you’re ready to end the conference call, you can do so by selecting the “End Meeting” button in the bottom-right corner of the window.

End meeting button

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Marshall Gunnell is a writer with experience in the data storage industry. He worked at Synology, and most recently as CMO and technical staff writer at StorageReview. He's currently an API/Software Technical Writer at LINE Corporation in Tokyo, Japan.
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