PC Doctor March 30, 2020

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Dear PC Doctor:

Our workplace is closed due to the Corona virus, but we still have to have meetings. Our staff took home their laptops and have internet access. My supervisor asked me to set up Zoom for our team, but I really don’t know how. Can you point me towards some directions?


Workin’ from Home

Dear Workin’:

The first thing to do is visit the Zoom website (https://zoom.us/) and create an account for yourself. It’s free and relatively painless. You’ll use your email address to register, and Zoom will send you an activation email. Follow the instructions in the email. Once you are registered, Zoom will walk you through the process of a test meeting. You’ll be prompted to invite your colleagues and to download Zoom. It will show up as a little blue movie camera in your computer’s dock or taskbar.

Once you have an account, the best way to get accustomed to using Zoom is to watch the video tutorials. At the Zoom webpage, look in the black menu bar across the top. Click RESOURCES and then Video Tutorials. There are different instructions for desktop and mobile versions, and you can watch them as many times as you need to in order to feel comfortable with the tool. If you have someone at home with you who also has a device, have fun and run a few test meetings and play with the features before you have to have a meeting with your co-workers.

Until next time,

Happy computing!

PC Doctor

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