This quick start guide gives you an introduction to the essentials of joining and participating in a Zoom webinar.

The Zoom webinar feature is intended for the presentation of information with limited interaction from participants. You can join any Zoom webinar by clicking the meeting URL or by entering the meeting ID into the Zoom Web Portal, desktop app, or mobile app.

Join a Webinar

Join a Webinar via URL

  1. Click the Webinar URL provided by the host
  2. Follow the prompts to download and install the Zoom desktop application.

NOTE: You will need to download and install the Zoom desktop application to use meeting chat and participate in polls.

Join a Meeting via the Zoom Web Portal

  1. Navigate to in your browser.
  2. Click Join (Connect to a meeting).
  3. Log in to WebAccess using your Access Account user ID and password, if prompted.
  4. Enter the Webinar ID into the Meeting ID field.
  5. Enter your email address and name in the fields provided.
  6. Click Join Webinar.

    The webinar interface is displayed.

    The participant webinar window with participant tools visible
    Figure 1: The participant webinar window with participant tools visible at the bottom of the screen

NOTE: Mobile app interfaces will appear differently but contain most of the same functionality. For help with using Zoom on iOS and Android devices, visit the Mobile section of the Zoom Help Center.

Adjust Audio Settings

Only the host and panelists can talk in a webinar. However, as a participant you can adjust your speaker settings.

  1. Click the Audio Settings button in the lower left to check your speaker settings.

NOTE: A host can choose to promote you to a panelist during a webinar, which will allow you access to a variety of tools via the menu bar such as enabling your audio and video and sharing your screen. Refer to the Hosting a Zoom Webinar Quick-Start Guide for help with these features.

Interacting in a Webinar

In a Zoom webinar, you can interact with the host, co-hosts, and panelists by raising your hand, typing in chat, or typing in Q&A if the host has enabled those features in the webinar.

Raise Your Hand

  1. Click the Raise Hand button at any time to indicate to the host and panelists that you have a question.
  2. To lower your hand, click the Lower Hand button.

Send Messages with Chat

Chat is a feature that is controlled by the webinar host. The host can choose to allow participants to chat with everyone, only panelists and hosts, or with no one.

  1. Click the Chat button to open the chat panel.
  2. Type your message in the Text box at the bottom of the panel.
  3. Press Enter to send your message.

Ask Questions with Q&A

If enabled by the host, you can pose questions to the host and panelists using the Q&A feature. The host or panelist can choose to respond to you privately or send your question and the answer to everyone in the webinar.

  1. Click the Q&A button to open the window.
  2. Type your response to the question in the text field.
  3. If you want your question to be anonymous, check the Send Anonymously checkbox.
  4. Click Send.

Q&A question displayed with private answer
Figure 2: Q&A question displayed with private answer

Leave a Webinar

  1. Click the Leave Meeting link in the lower right corner of the window.
  2. In the confirmation pop-up, click Leave Meeting to exit.

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