Setting Up and Accessing Zoom

This document contains information on how to setup a free Zoom account and access Zoom from the desktop app and from the web. Zoom is used for online meetings and collaboration.

Setting Up a Free Zoom

1. Go to  and select the Sign Up, It’s Free option.

2. Enter your Western email address and click Sign Up.
Setup Free Account
3.  Zoom will send you and email. You will need to click the Activate Account button to finish setting up your free Zoom account.
Activate Free Account
4.  When you activate your account, you will need to enter your name and create a password.
Create Password

5.  After you setup your password, you will be asked to invite a colleague to join Zoom. Select Skip This Step.
Skip Invite to Others

6. After you finish setting up your account, you have the option to start a test meeting or go to your account information. 
a. The Go to My Account option takes you to a page with information about your account.
b. The Start Meeting Now option allows you to test your microphone and view the meeting window.
Test Meeting 

7. If you choose Start Meeting Now, you may be prompted to:
a. Open Zoom Meetings if it is already installed on your computer.
b. Download & Run Zoom if it isn’t installed on your computer  
Download Zoom

c. The Zoom meeting window opens and asks how you are going to join the meeting. Please test your speaker and microphone at this time.  

d. After you finish testing your equipment, select Join with Computer Audio. 
Join Meeting
e. The Zoom Meeting window opens.  
Meeting Window

f. Click End Meeting to close out of this window.  
End Meeting

Accessing Zoom from Desktop App

1. Open Zoom on your computer. There are two ways to do this:
a. Click the Windows icon in the lower left corner and scroll to the Z’s.
i. Open the Zoom folder and select Start Zoom  

Find Zoom in Program List

b. Click the Windows icon in the lower left corner and start to type Zoom.
i. Click on Start Zoom to open the program. 

Find Zoom by Search
2. Click Sign In.  

to desktop app
3. Enter your Zoom credentials.  

Enter Credentials

Accessing Zoom from the Web

1. Go to and sign in with your Zoom account.
for Web
2. Enter your Western email address and the password you created for Zoom to Sign In
a. If you forgot your password, select the Forgot Password link to create a new one.  
Enter Credentials

3. Your Account Information page opens. Select the Meetings option on the left side menu.  
Side Menu

a. The Meetings section allows you to schedule a meeting, view previous meetings and has other options for meetings.  
Meetings Tab
** Please refer to the Using Zoom in the Classroom Knowledge Base document for more information about using Zoom for meetings.

If you need further assistance please contact the PC Service Help Desk at 608-789-6266 or

Keywords:setup, zoom, online, learning   Doc ID:98855
Owner:Linda W.Group:Western Technical College
Created:2020-03-14 20:49 CDTUpdated:2020-03-15 14:19 CDT
Sites:Western Technical College
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