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Google Meet: Participating in a Meeting

Google Meet, 2021. Be aware that different versions of Meet will vary in appearance and functionality.

During a meeting, all major controls and functions are accessed from the bottom of the window. Hosts will have access to more features and options than participants.

  • Mute/Unmute: The microphone button located at the bottom of the window can be pressed to mute or unmute your microphone. Participants will be unable to hear you when the microphone is muted.
  • Video On/Off: Similar to muting a microphone, your webcam can be turned on and off during the session. This button is located at the bottom of the window. When the microphone is turned off, your Google Profile image will display.
  • CC (Closed Captioning): Toggle subtitles on/off.
  • Raise Hand: Used to notify the host or presenter that you’d like to speak.
  • Present Now (screen sharing): Share your screen with the participants. This can be used to show a slideshow presentation, perform a demonstration, etc.
  • More options: Access meeting settings, such as layout and video/audio configurations.
  • Leave Call
  • Meeting Details: Displays information such as date/time, and joining details.
  • Show Everyone: View participants, and invite others.
  • Chat: A text-based chat, visible by all participants.
  • Activities: Recording and Whiteboarding capabilities.
  • Host Controls: Access host-only controls, such as participant restrictions. Click “View all host settings” for more advanced settings.


  • Do a test! Have a practice meeting before a session to make sure that everything is working correctly. Check your webcam, mic, and connectivity.
  • Use an external microphone. PLU classroom computers aren’t equipped with mics, and built-in laptop mics are very poor quality. USB microphones are available for checkout at the Help Desk in the library. 
  • Position the mic and webcam (if using) so that you can be seen and heard easily. 
  • When using Meet during class, repeat/rephrase students' questions to ensure remote participants can hear them. 
  • Remote participants that are creating unwanted noise can be muted. To mute a participant, click the People button to the bottom-right, select their name from the list, and click the microphone icon.
  • If audio problems occur, the text chat feature can be used to communicate.

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Keywords:web conferencing, remote learning, distance, video, webinar, synchronous, online, call, web conference   Doc ID:98767
Owner:Misty B.Group:Pacific Lutheran University
Created:2020-03-12 10:33 PDTUpdated:2022-02-22 13:20 PDT
Sites:Pacific Lutheran University
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