Faculty/Staff Getting Started (Desktop client)

Zoom provides cloud video conferencing, simple online meetings, and group messaging through one easy to use platform. Zoom provides strong audio, video, and wireless screen-sharing across multiple platforms. This article provides the basics of the Zoom client for Windows and Mac. You can download the client from Zoom, if you need additional download assistance, please visit our detailed download instructions.

Please Note: Zoom free accounts have limits on some features. To request a pro account, please visit the Outreach Zoom Support website. If you need help setting up your account, please see the Zoom Account Setup page.

Sign in and Join

Option 1: After launching Zoom, click Sign In and provide the credentials for your Zoom account that you received when you requested the account.
Zoom sign in screenZoom sign in screen showing the email and password fields

Option 2: After launching Zoom, you can choose Sign in with SSO. You will be redirected to a new screen to connect your Missouri State account.

To sign in with your Missouri State Credentials:

  1. Type missouristate in the Company Domain box, click Continue.

Sign in page for company domain

NOTE: If you are signed in to your university email in your web browser, Zoom may bypass the next steps and redirect you back to the Zoom client.

  1. You will be directed to sign in to your Missouri State account to continue. You will enter the same credentials you use to sign in to your Office 365 account and email. If you are uncertain of how to sign in, please consult the How to Log in to Your Office 365 account article for additional information.

Sign in page for Missouri State account information

  1. If you have multi-factor authentication enabled for your account, you will be asked to approve the sign in request.
  2. Click Open Zoom.us to continue to Zoom.

Dialog box asking if you want to open Zoom



From the home screen, you have access to start a new meeting or schedule an upcoming meeting.

Zoom home screen


Click on the Meetings tab to view your personal meeting ID. You will see your Personal Meeting ID number, and you can also copy the invitation to your personal meeting room.

You can copy the invitation to your personal meeting room from this screen. The meeting invitation contains all the information needed in order for a student/participant to join the meeting by phone or from a computer. Your meeting ID link will look similar to the following.

Join Zoom Meeting
https://missouristate.zoom.us/j/1234567890 (the numbers will be replaced with your Personal Meeting ID)

Please note: You may wish to use a randomly generated ID for additional security. See our Security Settings article for more information.

For ease of access, you may choose to put this link in Blackboard or you can copy the full invitation and send it to students via email. Students will be prompted to download the Zoom conference software the first time they click the link. You can also provide a link to students to join a test meeting in order to check that their webcam and microphone are working as intended.

NOTE: If you are dealing with sensitive information or the potential for back to back meetings, we highly suggest that you use the tools in Zoom to create scheduled meetings. These meetings will have a custom link that is different from your personal meeting ID.

Zoom meeting information page

Starting a Meeting

Participants will be able to join the meeting using the link or information you've provided. However, you as host, will need to launch the meeting through Zoom directly. If you have advanced security settings (such as waiting room) Zoom may not recognize you if you do not start the meeting using their tools. To start a previously scheduled or recurring meeting, log into Zoom (through either the desktop client or the webpage), click Meetings, then click Start on the meeting you wish to begin.

In-Meeting Controls

Once you have started or joined a meeting, you can access the meeting controls located at the bottom of the meeting window (move your mouse in the Zoom window to display meeting controls).

Learn more about meeting controls for hosts, co-hosts, and attendees. You can also join a test meeting to familiarize yourself with meeting controls before joining a scheduled meeting.

Sharing Content

Zoom allows for screen sharing on desktop, tablet and mobile devices running Zoom.

  • The host and attendee can screen share by clicking the Share Screen icon.
  • The host will need to grant screen share access for another participant to share their screen.


You may wish to explore additional video on the Zoom Help site.

To request help related to this article, please see our Service Catalog.


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