Sharing Content in Zoom

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Screen Sharing Access

Screen sharing is disabled by default unless the host gives permission. If you are the host but are unable to share, make sure you are signed in.

To allow students to share content, click the Security button and check the box next to Share Screen

Allowing participants to share their screen in Zoom from the Security button.

Basic Screen Sharing


When in a meeting, select the Share Screen button to share content.


A window will pop up giving the options to select which monitor to display. You can also select a specific application or browser tab if you do not want participants seeing anything else on your screen.

If sharing video or audio, make sure to select the Share computer sound and Optimize Screen Sharing for Video Clip options at the bottom of the pop-up window.

options to share computer sound and optimize screen sharing for video clip

If interested in sharing a whiteboard application, jump to the whiteboard page.

For more on Screen Sharing, please see External Link Icon

Advanced Screen Sharing

Share Keynote Presentation

In order to share a Keynote presentation, you'll need to adjust your slideshow settings.

  1. Click on Keynote, then Preferences.
  2. Select the settings to "show pointer" and "Allow Mission Control and others to use the screen."

Be sure to share the whole desktop and not just the Keynote app. See Zoom's Screen Share a Keynote Presentation External Link Icon for more details.

Share Content from an iPad or iPhone (iOS 11 or higher)

In order to share your iOS device screen, you'll need to change some settings on your device first. See Zoom Help Center iOS Screen Sharing External Link Icon for details.

Allow Others to Progress PowerPoint Slides

You can allow another participant in the Zoom call to progress through PowerPoint slides shared by yourself or someone else. Enable Slide Control in your settings on Then when in the call and after sharing content full-screen, select Slide Control in the sharing toolbar. See Zoom Help Center Controlling Slides External Link Icon for details.

If you are using two computers for screen sharing, one of them will be designated as the host. By default, you have to be the host or co-host to share your screen. If you can't share your screen, you will need to use the second computer to designate the first as the host or co-host. (You could also change the meeting Security settings to allow participants to share their screen. Then students would be able to do so, as well.)

View Student Video Larger when Screen Sharing (Multiple Monitors Required)

If you would rather view students larger than what is available with the floating video panel, the setting to show your Zoom windows to other participants while screen sharing can be helpful. Your Zoom call will remain its normal size on one monitor while your content being shared will be on the other.

To activate this option, it will first need to be enabled within your account settings on


Click on Settings within the left navigation


Find Show Zoom windows during screen share and toggle it on

This is found within the "In Meeting (Basic)" section.

Next, you will have to go in and enable Zoom windows within the application settings.

Open the Zoom desktop application and sign in with SSO


Select the settings (gear) icon in the top right corner underneath your profile picture (or initials)


Open the Share Screen tab on the left


Check the box next to Show my Zoom windows to other participants when I am screen sharing

Zoom application settings with Share Screen selection selected and Show my Zoom Windows to other participatns when I am screen sharing selected

Zoom - Get Started

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