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    Schedule a Meeting

    Schedule a meeting form the Zoom desktop client.

    1. Open your Zoom client and sign in to Zoom (Sign in with Google).

    2. Click on the Schedule icon.
      Schedule Button

      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.
      Schedule a Meeting Window

      • Topic: Enter a topic or name for your meeting.
      • Start: Select a date and time for your meeting. You can start your meeting at any time before the scheduled time.
      • Duration: Choose the approximate duration of the meeting. This is only for scheduling purposes. The meeting will not end after this length of time.
      • 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).
      • Video
        • Host: Choose if you would like the host video on or off when joining the meeting. Even if you choose off, the host will have the option to start their video.
        • Participant: Choose if you would like the participants' videos on or off when joining the meeting. Even if you turn off, the participants will have the option to start their video.
      • Audio: Choose Computer Audio only, (Telephone is not avialable).
      • Advanced Options: Click on the arrow to view additional meeting options.
        • Require meeting password: You can select and input your meeting password here. Joining participants will be required to input this before joining your scheduled meeting.
          : The meeting password must meet these requirements.
          • 10 characters maximum
          • Passwords are case sensitive
          • We recommend using alphanumeric characters and these special characters:  @ * _ -
          • The Zoom desktop client allows alphanumeric characters and these special characters: @ * _ -
          • The Zoom web portal allows any characters, but the these characters are not allowed: & <> \
        • Enable join before host: Allow participants to join the meeting without you or before you join. The meeting will end after 40-minutes for Basic (free) users if 3 or more people join the meeting.
        • Mute participants on entry: If join before host is not enabled, this will mute all participants as they join the meeting.
        • Use Personal Meeting ID: Check this if you want to use your Personal Meeting ID. If not selected, a random unique meeting ID will be generated.
        • Record the meeting automatically: Check this if you want the meeting to be automatically recorded. Select if you want it to be recorded locally (to your computer) or to the cloud (zoom.us/recording).
        • Alternative hosts: Enter the email address of another Zoom user with a Pro license on your account to allow them to start the meeting in your absence.
      • Calendar: Select a calendar service to add the meeting to and send out invites to participants.

          4. Click Schedule 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.