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Changing the video layout (Active Speaker View and Gallery View) Follow


There are 3 video layouts when no one in the meeting is screen sharing: Active Speaker View, Gallery View, and floating thumbnail window. When someone is screen sharing, you can use Side-by-side Mode or view the screen share with Active Speaker View. Any of these layouts can be used in full screen or windowed mode, with the exception of the floating thumbnail view.

You can also pin or spotlight up to 9 participants' videos. 

This article covers:


Gallery View (mobile app):

  • 3 or more participants in the meeting

Displaying up to 49 thumbnails per page in Gallery View:

  • Zoom desktop client for Windows or macOS, version 5.2.0 or higher
  • Display up to 49 participants per screen in Gallery View option enabled in the desktop client video settings
    Note: If your computer does not meet the CPU requirements, this option is unavailable.
  • Supported processors for single monitor
    • Intel i5 - 4 cores or higher, gen 4 or higher
    • Intel i7, i9, Xeon - 2 cores or higher
    • Intel Atom - 6 cores or higher
    • Other Intel processors - 6 cores or higher, 3.0GHz frequency or higher
    • AMD Ryzen 5 series
  • Supported processors for dual monitors
    • Intel i5 - 4 cores or higher, gen 6 or higher, and 2.0GHz frequency or higher
    • Intel i7, i9, Xeon - 4 cores or higher
    • Intel Atom - 6 cores or higher and 1.6GHz frequency of higher; or 8 cores or higher
    • Other Intel processors - 8 cores or higher, 3.0GHz frequency or higher; or 12 cores or higher 
    • AMD Ryzen 7/9 series
  • Note: While using dual monitors in the desktop client gallery view will still only be shown on one monitor. 

Custom Gallery View organization:

  • Zoom desktop client for Windows or macOS, version 5.2.2 or higher

Active Speaker View

Active Speaker View will switch the large video window between who is speaking with 3 or more participants in the meeting. If it is just you and one other participant, your video will be smaller at the top and their video will appear below.

While in a meeting, you can switch between Active Speaker View and Gallery View.

Gallery View

Gallery View lets you see thumbnail displays of participants, in a grid pattern, which expands and contracts as participants join and leave the meeting. Depending on your CPU, you can display up to 49 participants in a single screen of the gallery view. If more than 49 attendees are in the meeting, 49 thumbnails are displayed on each page. View up to 1,000 thumbnails by clicking the right or left arrows in gallery view to display the next page of 49 participants.

While in a meeting, you can customize the order of Gallery View or switch between Active Speaker View and Gallery View.

Full screen

You can switch any of the layouts (except floating the thumbnail window) to full screen mode by double-clicking your Zoom window.

You can exit full screen by double-clicking again or using the Esc key on your keyboard.

Note: In older versions of macOS, click Meeting and Enter Fullscreen in the Top Menu bar.

Custom Gallery View organization

When in Gallery View, you can click and drag videos to create a custom organization. After the first change, all other participant tiles will remain in place until moved. New participants will be added to the bottom-right, on the last page if multiple are present. Your custom order will be seen only by you, or the host can deploy their custom view to all participants. This order can be released and gallery view will return to normal behavior. 

  1. Click and drag any participant video to the location on screen you want.
  2. Continue as needed to achieve your desired on-screen order. 
  3. (Optional) As the host, click View, then Follow Host's Video Order, to deploy your custom view to all participants. 
  4. Click View, then Release Video Order, to release the custom order. 

Floating thumbnail window

The floating thumbnail window allows you to minimize the main Zoom window, but keep the video on top of other applications you have open. You can move the window around your screen as needed, or hide the video entirely.

To switch to floating thumbnail view:

  1. Click on the minimize icon, located at the top-right corner for Windows, or top-left corner for macOS.
  2. Once in mini-window view, you can collapse the video by clicking on the arrow on the left side. Click the arrow again to expand the video thumbnail.
  3. To close the floating thumbnail window and return to the full Zoom window click the arrow on the right side.

Layout when screen sharing

When viewing shared content, you will see a layout similar to Active Speaker, where the shared content is below and other videos tiles are along the top. If in fullscreen, the shared content will fill the screen and video tiles will become smaller, movable thumbnails.

You can also view the shared screen in Side-by-side Mode.

Hide non-video participants

  1. When you are in Gallery View, right-click on any participant that either has their video off or joined by telephone, or you can click on the 3 dots at the upper-right corner of their participant box.
  2. Click Hide Non-Video Participants to hide all participants without video. 
  3. To show non-video participants again, click the View button at the top of your screen and select Show Non-Video Participants.

Switching between Gallery View and Active Speaker View

  1. Sign in to the Zoom client.
  2. Start or join a meeting.
  3. Click View in the top-right corner, and then select Speaker or Gallery

    Note: If you're displaying 49 participants per screen, you may need to change to full screen or adjust the size of your window to accommodate all 49 thumbnails.
  1. Start or join a meeting. By default, the Zoom mobile app displays the Active Speaker View. If one or more participants joins the meeting, you will see a video thumbnail in the bottom-right corner.
  2. Swipe left from the active speaker view to switch to Gallery View.
    Note: You can only switch to Gallery View if you have 3 or more participants in the meeting.

    You can view up to 4 participants' video at the same time. You can keep swiping left to view more participants' video.
  3. Swipe right to the first screen to switch back to active speaker view.

Note: Gallery View allows you to see up to 9 participants at once.

  1. To switch from Active Speaker View, tap Switch to Gallery View in the upper-left corner of the Zoom window. If you do not see the controls, tap your screen to get them to appear.
    Note: You can only switch to Gallery View if you have 3 or more participants in the meeting.

    This will switch into gallery view. You can view up to 9 people at a time.
  2. To switch back to Active Speaker View, tap the screen to view the controls and tap Switch to Active Speaker in the top-left corner of the Zoom window.