Windows & macOS

  1. Sign in to the Zoom desktop client.
  2. Click on the Schedule icon.
    This will open the scheduler window.
  3. Select your meeting settings. Note that some of these options might not be available if they were disabled and locked to the off position at the account or group level.
    • Topic: Enter a topic or name for your meeting.
    • Date & Time
      • Start: Select a date and time for your meeting, but remember you can start your meeting at any time before the scheduled time. You can also manually enter any time. For example, you can enter 15 in the minutes field. 
      • Time Zone: By default, Zoom will use your computer's time zone. Click the drop-down menu to select a different time zone.
      • Recurring meeting: Choose if you would like a recurring meeting (the meeting ID will remain the same for each session).
    • Meeting ID
      • Generate Automatically: Generate a random unique meeting ID.
      • Personal Meeting ID*: Use your Personal Meeting ID.
    • Security
      • Passcode: Enter a meeting passcode. Joining participants will be required to input this before joining your scheduled meeting.
      • Waiting Room: Enable Waiting Room for the meeting.
    • Video
      • Host: Choose if you would like the host's video on or off when joining the meeting. Even if you choose off, the host will have the option to start their video.
      • Participants: Choose if you would like the participants' videos on or off when joining the meeting. Even if you choose off, the participants will have the option to start their video.
    • Audio*: Allow users to call in using Telephone only, Computer Audio only, or Both.
      • Dial-in From: If Telephone or Both is enabled for this meeting, click Edit to select the dial-in countries to include in the invitation. By default, this includes your Global Dial-In Countries listed in your meeting settings.
    • Calendar: Select a calendar service to add the meeting and send out invites to participants.
      • Outlook: Open the Outlook desktop app and create an event for the meeting.
        Note: You will see Outlook when using the Windows client.
      • Other Calendars: Open a new window, where the meeting text can be copied and pasted into the user's preferred communication method. You can also down an ICS file which can be opened in most email applications.
    • Advanced Options: Click the arrow to view additional meeting options.
      • Allow participants to join before the start time: Allow participants to join the meeting without you or before you join. If enabled, you can also choose how far in advance of the scheduled start time you wish them to be able to join: 5 minutes, 10 minutes, 15 minutes, or Anytime.
        Note: The meeting will end after 40-minutes for Basic accounts.
      • Mute participants on entry: If joining before a host is not enabled, this will mute participants as they join the meeting. Participants can unmute themselves after joining the meeting.
        Note: To mute all participants currently in a meeting, see the options to manage participants.
      • Request permission to unmute participants: Participants will be prompted to provide the host with consent to be unmuted at will by the host. If declined, the host will still have the option to Ask to unmute
      • Automatically record meeting: Select if you want to record locally (to your computer) or in the cloud (stored in Zoom's server).
      • Schedule for*: If you have scheduling privilege for another user, you will be able to choose who you want to schedule for from the drop-down menu.
        Note: When you assign scheduling privileges to other users in the Zoom web portal, you can choose if these users can manage your meetings that are marked as private in Outlook or Google Calendar. If the users cannot manage private events, they cannot see the invite link, meeting topic, or attendee list.
      • Show in Public Event List: Add the meeting to a public calendar associated with your vanity URL.
      • Alternative hosts: Enter the email address of another Licensed Zoom user on your account to allow them to start the meeting in your absence. If enabled, you can also select the check box to Allow alternative hosts to add or edit polls. This feature requires Zoom client version 5.8.0 or higher.
  4. Click Save to finish, and open the selected calendar service to add the meeting.
    • If you are scheduling a recurring meeting, you will need to set the recurrence in your calendar service.
    • Choosing Other Calendars will allow you to copy and paste the scheduled meeting information such as date, time, and meeting URL.