Quick Tip: Managing Chats in Zoom

Sometimes we need to grab ahold of Chat and rein it in. Students are social beings and any opportunity they have to steal the spotlight they will grab. Here’s how you can manage your Chat settings mid-meeting to keep everyone on task and focused.

General Settings

First, make sure that your general settings for chat are correct. Go to your Zoom Dashboard and look for your Chat settings. You should have them set like this:

You have to leave Chat “on” in order for it to work at all during your meetings. The settings you will change to allow Participants to chat are done within the actual meeting. Watch this video for an explanation:

In Summary

In-Meeting Settings available are:

  • No One – participants (students) are not able to send private messages to the host (teacher), but the host is still able to send out messages to the whole group.
  • Host Only – participants are able to send private messages to the host, but not everyone. Host is still able to send out messages to the whole group.
  • Everyone Publicly – participants are able to send private messages to the host. Participants and Hosts can send messages out to the group chat.

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