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Starting the Zoom Desktop Client Follow


While meetings can be started and scheduled from the Zoom web portal, you can also schedule/start meetings directly from the Zoom application. It is also important to access the Zoom application to set certain in-app settings, including Virtual Background, Audio/Video settings, as well as other options.

Note: The Zoom Desktop Client and Mobile App have different features than the Zoom web portal. The Zoom web portal is primarily used for changing your meeting settings and Zoom Phone settings. You can also use the web portal to customize your profile.


Opening Zoom

  1. Find the Finder icon in your Dock.
  2. Right-click on the icon, then click New Finder Window.
  3. In the new window, click Applications. Find in your apps list and double click the icon to start the app.

Note: If Launchpad is on your dock, you can click that to access your applications list, and open Zoom from there.

Saving Zoom to your Dock

  1. Once the Zoom client is open
  2. Right-click on the Zoom icon in your Dock.
  3. Hover your mouse over Options, then click Keep in Dock

Windows 10

  1. Click the Windows icon in the taskbar.
  2. In your apps list, scroll until you get to the Zoom folder.
  3. Click on the Zoom folder.
  4. Double click on Start Zoom, to launch the application. 

Windows 8

  1. Click the Windows icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click the down arrow, in the bottom left corner, to access All Apps
  3. Scroll to the apps until you see Zoom, then click Start Zoom.

Windows 7

  1. Click the Windows icon in the taskbar.
  2. Click All Programs.
  3. In the programs list, click on the Zoom folder.
  4. Double click on Start Zoom.

Note: On all versions of Windows, you can pin the Zoom desktop client to your taskbar, by right-clicking on Zoom desktop client, and then clicking Pin to Taskbar.

  1. Swipe up from the bottom of your screen to the top. Alternatively, tap on the All Apps iconApps menu, tap it.
  2. Tap Zoom.
  1. Go to the Home Screen.
  2. On the Home Screen tap Zoom.
  • Using the VDI client is recommended for all virtual environments. This includes environments that use media extensions which Zoom does not currently support. Using the standard desktop client in a VDI environment is not supported or recommended. Click here to view the VDI download page.