What is the pointer function of Zoom? Introducing convenient functions for screen sharing

What is the pointer function of Zoom

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Zoom, which is known by many as a web conferencing tool, can use the pointer function when sharing the screen. If you use the pointer function when sharing materials, you will be able to convey information more accurately.

This article is recommended for those who want to know how to use the pointer function of Zoom and those who want to change the pointer mark.

What is the pointer function of Zoom?

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The pointer function is a function that can be used when sharing the screen to participants via Zoom. You can guide the eyes of participants by using the pointer when you want them to pay particular attention to your shared screen.

It may be easier to understand if you think of the pointer function as the Zoom version of the laser pointer used during presentations.

How to use the pointer function?

How to use the pointer function

Now, let’s check how to use the pointer function of Zoom.

  1. Share your screen in a Zoom meeting
  2. Click “Comment” displayed at the bottom of the screen
  3. Click the “Spotlight (pen-like mark)” displayed below the eraser mark

If you follow the steps above, a red round spotlight will appear on your screen.

If you want to stop using the pointer feature, click the small red cross in the upper right corner of the toolbar.

How to change the pointer to an arrow mark

Zoom’s pointer can also be changed to a right-pointing arrow mark. If you want to change from the red round spotlight, follow the steps below to operate Zoom.

  1. Share your screen in a Zoom meeting
  2. Click “Comment” displayed at the bottom of the screen
  3. Click the arrow mark that appears below the eraser mark
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How to change the pointer into a vanishing pen

The burnishing pen is a new feature of Zoom. You can write and mark on the shared screen, but it disappears naturally after a few seconds. It is recommended to use it when you want to write a little note or point out a point.

  1. Share your screen in a Zoom meeting
  2. Click “Comment” displayed at the bottom of the screen
  3. Click the burnishing pen that appears below the eraser mark

How to screen share to participants on Zoom?

As mentioned above, in order to use the pointer function of Zoom, it is necessary to share the screen of a personal computer (PC) or smartphone with the participants.

If there is a screen sharing function, it is effective for reading materials and in-depth meetings within the team. Even if you cannot share files with participants due to company rules, etc., the point is that information can be conveyed by sharing the screen.

In this chapter, let’s check how to share the screen of Zoom.

  1. Log in to the Zoom app
  2. Start or join a Zoom meeting
  3. Click “Share Screen” at the bottom of the screen
  4. Select the screen/application you want to share with the participants in the window that opens
  5. Click “Share Screen”

If you operate Zoom according to the above procedure, the screen will be shared with the participants and you will be able to use the pointer function at any time.

If you want to stop sharing your screen, click “Stop sharing” at the top of your device’s screen. Alt key + “S” is a shortcut key to stop the shared screen, so please use it when you get used to Zoom.

Screen sharing is possible on iPhone and iPad

Screen sharing via Zoom is also possible on mobile devices such as iPhones and iPads. There are two specific methods: sharing using the Zoom app installed on a mobile device, and sharing using the mirroring function from a personal computer (PC).

I will briefly explain how to use each.

How to share screen with mobile terminal app

If you have the Zoom app installed on your iPhone or iPad, you can share your screen from your mobile device. Specific usage is as follows.

  1. Launch the Zoom app
  2. Start or join a Zoom meeting
  3. Tap “Share” at the bottom of the screen
  4. Select “Screen” from the options
  5. Check “Zoom”
  6. Tap “Start Broadcast”
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To stop screen sharing, tap the red bar at the top of your device and select “Stop Screen Broadcast”.

How to share your screen using mirroring

When participating in a Zoom meeting from a computer (PC), you can share the screen displayed on your iPhone or iPad by using the mirroring function (prerequisite: iOS 11 or later). The specific operation method is as follows.

  1. Start and join a Zoom meeting on your computer (PC)
  2. Select “Share Screen” at the bottom of the screen
  3. Click “iPhone/iPad” in the displayed window
  4. Press the “Share” button
  5. After confirming the display screen of the personal computer (PC), open the control center of the iPhone/iPad.
  6. Tap “Screen Mirroring”
  7. Select the mirror destination from the list

Reference: What are the convenient functions that can be used in conjunction with the Zoom pointer?

Reference What are the convenient functions that can be used in conjunction with the Zoom pointer

The screen that can be shared with Zoom is not limited to the screen displayed on the device. The whiteboard function is also known as a convenient function that can be used in conjunction with the pointer.

As the name suggests, the whiteboard function is a function that allows you to share a whiteboard with participants in a Zoom meeting online. Specifically, you can draw lines and input characters freehand.

It can be used effectively to share images that each other has during a meeting, or to convey things that are difficult to express in writing.

You can also save the created whiteboard as an image file (supported extensions: PNG, PDF).

If you follow the screen sharing procedure introduced earlier, a window will open in which you can select the whiteboard, so please take advantage of it.

Reference: How to share the screen of PowerPoint is also effective

So far, we have introduced information about the pointer function of Zoom, but if you use PowerPoint for online presentations, you can also use the laser pointer function that PowerPoint has.

People who are used to handling PowerPoint (ppt) may know how to use a laser pointer, but let’s check the specific setting method.

  1. Open PowerPoint to screen share to participants
  2. Select the “Slideshow” tab
  3. Select “From Beginning” or “From Current Slide” to start the slideshow
  4. Hold down the “ctrl” key and left click the mouse
  5. Mouse pointer changed to laser pointer
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You can change the color of the laser pointer

PowerPoint’s laser pointer is usually red, but you can change it to any color. The method for setting the color of the laser pointer is as follows.

  1. Select the “Slideshow” tab
  2. Select “Slideshow Settings”
  3. Click the “Laser Pointer Color” arrow at the bottom of the window
  4. choose any color

Let’s use the highlighter function together

In addition to the laser pointer, PowerPoint has a highlighter function that allows you to mark characters you want to draw attention to. You can draw markers in real time even during the slide show, so please take advantage of it when giving a presentation.

  1. start slide show
  2. Press “ctrl” and “I” at the same time
  3. Mouse pointer changes to highlighter

summary

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Zoom’s pointer function makes it easier to share more accurate information with meeting participants. In addition to round pointers, arrow pointers are also available, so please use them according to the situation.

It is also recommended to use the whiteboard function or use the PowerPoint laser pointer.

Please refer to the contents introduced this time and try to proceed smoothly with communication via Zoom.