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Zoom on Desktop: How to Chat in Zoom


This article will help you navigate Zoom’s chat feature so that you are able to communicate during your hearing.

Learn about Zoom’s chat feature, situations where you may need to use the chat feature, and situations where the chat feature might be disabled.

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How do I access the chat?

The chat indicator will be at the bottom of your screen on the menu bar. The chat symbol looks like a word bubble and is placed to the left of the “share screen” icon. Clicking on the chat indicator will pull up the chat panel. In the chat panel, you will have the option of entering text or (if enabled) files into the Zoom meeting.  

Note that your text input box will be at the bottom right corner of the window, and the bottom of the chat panel. 

How do I change who I am chatting with?

Once you have accessed the chat panel, you can change who receives your chat message under “Who can see your messages?” 

Where the chat panel says “To:”, you can access the blue drop down menu. The blue drop down menu will say “Everyone” at the beginning of the meeting and allows for you to input certain individuals or a collection of people to create a private chat.  

Who can I communicate with during my hearing?

If you are represented, you can use the private chat feature to communicate with your attorney.

However, you should never, via private chat, communicate with the judge, opposing counsel, or any testifying witness.

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