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Known Issues

Admitting Guests and Guest Speakers Without a UT Zoom License

  • If your guest has a Zoom account but not a UT licensed account you will need to follow these instructions to admit them to your Zoom meeting: Guest Speakers

The Annotate Feature

  • UT has changed the default settings for all of our UT Zoom accounts to prevent individuals not affiliated with the university from interrupting meetings by using features like Annotate. However, Annotate can be re-enabled for your use. To retrieve the Annotate button please visit The Annotate Feature



Having Trouble Installing Zoom on Your Computer?


Zoom Does Not Open to my UT Account on My Computer

  • Open Zoom
  • If you are signed in, sign out (click on your Avatar, select sign out)
  • Now DO NOT USE THE EMAIL OPTION, click on the Sign in with SSO button


 

  • Enter utexas as your company domain like so



  • Go through the authentication process, now Zoom will use your Licensed UT account.



Zoom Sign In Verification

To verify that you are signed in to your UT licensed Zoom Account please visit Zoom Sign In Verification



How do I make sure I'm using my UT Zoom Account

  1. Log into your https://utexas.zoom.us/profile and make sure you log in with your UTEID and password.

  2. Click the avatar in the top right corner of your profile 

  3. When you click on the avatar it should show a pop-up like the below that identifies you're using an "licensed" account


  4. Once you confirm you're in your UT Zoom profile, click the Edit in the top section of your profile


  5. Add " - UT" to the end of your last name and then save.

Now run a test - Now the next time you log into a meeting, turn on your camera and it should show your name in the bottom left corner of your camera window.  It should read FirstName LastName - UT  (e.g. Clint Tuttle - UT).  If you don't see the " - UT" then you've probably logged in with your non-UT account.


Student Emergency Services

Student Emergency Services provides assistance, intervention, and referrals to support students navigating challenging or unexpected issues that impact their well-being and academic success.

Personal Emergency Situations

In an instance of family emergency, medical or mental health concern, or academic difficulty due to crisis or an emergency situation please have your students visit:

Emergency Tech Support

UT Student Emergency Services will provide emergency tech support to students who need a computer, phone or high speed internet to access remote classes.  If your students need such assistance, please have them submit a request at:



Update Your Zoom Client App

Zoom releases frequent updates to its client app that you will need to install in order to have full functionality and meeting security.

  • For many users this process will be as simple as clicking on the update prompt on the Zoom app and following the instructions.

The Zoom website has an information page on updating the app that should answer most questions about the process:

Problems Installing Zoom Updates

  • If you get an "Auto Update Disabled" error message when trying to update your Zoom client we have determined that the best solution at this time is to uninstall/reinstall Zoom on your computer. 

  1. Uninstall Zoom
    1. Instructions to uninstall Zoom: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362983-How-to-uninstall-Zoom
  2. Reinstall Zoom
    1. Instructions to install Zoom: https://utexas.zoom.us/download
  • If you still encounter problems, please submit a McCombs Tech Support ticket with your issue. Here is the link to start a McCombs Tech Support ticket: https://www.mccombs.utexas.edu/tech



Recommended Hardware

If you need audio or video hardware, here are some recommendations depending on your needs. If you cannot find these items in stock, try to find something similar that is available.

  • Headphone/Microphone with echo cancellation
    Logitech Over-The-Head Wireless Headset H600 
  • Webcam with Microphone
    Logitech HD Pro Webcam C920, Widescreen Video Calling and Recording, 1080p Camera, Desktop or Laptop Webcam
  • Usb Table Top Microphone
    Blue Snowball iCE USB Mic for Recording and Streaming on PC and Mac


Zoom Room Scheduling



Group Breakouts using Zoom Breakout Rooms



Recover Students to Pre-Assigned Breakout Rooms

  • If a meeting host has pre-assigned breakout rooms using a .csv file and the host clicks on the “Breakout Rooms” button prior to everyone joining the meeting, they will need to use the Recover to pre-assigned rooms feature to get students back into their pre-assigned rooms.



Late Student Addition to Breakout Rooms



Reducing or Extending Breakout Room Times

You cannot extend the timer once started, but when the timer ends Zoom asks if you want to end all the breakout rooms. You can continue in breakout rooms, but without a timer. 

  1. Set a timer for your breakout rooms
  2. Send a message to the students that you are extending or reducing the breakout room time
    1. To reduce breakout room time: select end breakout rooms early
    2. To extend breakout room time: when time runs out, select keep breakout rooms open



Office Hours in Zoom



I Want my Students to Record Video Presentations and Upload them to Canvas

  • If you would like your students to record and submit video presentations, have them start and record a Zoom meeting without any other participants. They can record to cloud if they are sending a link. However, the cloud video option could take a long time to process the file before it is available for sharing. For a faster turnaround the students might want to record to local computer and upload the file to the Canvas Assignment. Note: If a video file is too large for Canvas to accept, students can upload it to UTbox and share it from there.
  • Here is a Zoom tutorial for getting started with video recording: https://support.zoom.us/hc/en-us/articles/201362473-Local-Recording


Enabling and Using Polling in a Meeting

To use Polling in a meeting you must first enable it for your account:

  1. Sign in to utexas.zoom.us in your web browser

  2. Click Settings and under the Meetings tab scroll down to the Polling option

  3. Verify that the setting is enabled, If the setting is disabled, click the toggle to enable it. If a verification dialog displays, choose Turn On to verify the change.



Zoom Meeting Security

  • Zoom Class meetings: Students that are signed into Zoom with their UT Zoom licensed account will be admitted to class meetings immediately. Students signed into Zoom with personal or free accounts are restricted from immediately joining class meetings and will be placed in the Waiting Room
  • Zoom Office Hours meetings: To ensure the security of your Zoom office hours sessions, start your meeting early and manually turn on the Waiting Room feature in the Participants list. Then add students from the Waiting Room into your meeting as needed. You can send chat messages to the students in the waiting room to inform them of how long the wait will be



Remove a Participant from a Zoom Meeting



Giving Permission to Students to View and Download Zoom Recordings



Making Cloud Recordings Publicly Viewable 

 Follow these steps to make all cloud recording links publicly accessible

  • Login to your UTexas Zoom account with your web browser at utexas.zoom.us. In the Settings tab under Recording, scroll down and ensure that ‘Allow cloud recording sharing’ is selected 

  • Scroll down again and deselect (if it is selected) ‘Require users to authenticate…’

These settings will allow anyone who obtains the link for any recordings made from the host account viewable. This is not recommended for all circumstances but can allow for access to remote students or UT affiliates. 

Any questions or concerns can be submitted to vc-trouble@mccombs.utexas.edu for further clarification. 



Admitting Guests and Guest Speakers Without a UT Zoom License

  • If your guest has a Zoom account but not a UT licensed account you will need to follow these instructions to admit them to your Zoom meeting: Guest Speakers



Hosting a Large Group Zoom Meeting

Hosting a Zoom call with a large number of participants can be as easy as hosting one with a small number if you do some planning beforehand. Please visit Hosting a Large Group Zoom Meeting



Zoom Interpretation Functionality

If you want to host a Zoom meeting in which you are planning to hire an interpreter, using Zoom’s built in interpreter function can help facilitate the interpretation of the message to the desired participants. Here is a link to instructions for setting up interpretation functionality.


Closed Captioning and Live Transcription

Here is a link to Zoom's instructions for enabling and using closed captioning and live transcription

To enable Closed Captioning or Live Transcription for a Meeting

  • Click the CC/Live Transcript button on the toolbar of your meeting window and select your desired option. Note: If you do not see the CC/Live Transcript button on your toolbar, Click on the ellipsis (...) to access the functions

  • If you do not see the CC/Live Transcript button on your toolbar or in the ellipsis (...) tab please ensure that the function has been enabled in your Zoom web portal settings.
    • Log into your UT Zoom account at https://utexas.zoom.us
    • Click on the "Settings" tab in the left column of your Zoom account and scroll down to the "In Meeting/Advanced" section
    • Toggle the button on next to "Closed Captioning" and save

Closed Captioning
Closed caption allows the host, another meeting attendee assigned by the host, or an integrated third-party closed captioning service (Zoom Help Center link) to add closed captioning in a meeting. In a webinar, closed captioning can be typed by the host, co-host, a panelist assigned by the host, or an integrated third-party closed captioning service. Closed captioning can also be viewed while in Zoom Rooms.

Live Transcription
If you are unable to provide captioning, Zoom also provides AI-powered live transcription for all paid accounts. This can be enabled by the host, and any participants can view the captioning as needed. Live transcription only supports English and it is recommended that you speak clearly for best results.



Proctorio and Exams

What is Proctorio?

Proctorio is a secure exam monitoring platform that integrates with Canvas and ONLY works within the Chrome web browser on a desktop or laptop computer, tablet and phone support is not available. You may employ this automated system in your exams. If you decide to use Proctorio, please visit this link for more information:



Basics of Screen-Sharing PowerPoint in Zoom



The Annotate Feature

  • UT has changed the default settings for all of our UT Zoom accounts to prevent individuals not affiliated with the university from interrupting meetings by using features like Annotate. However, Annotate can be re-enabled for your use. To retrieve the Annotate button please visit The Annotate Feature



How Can I Practice Hosting a Zoom Lecture?



Keep Meeting Controls Visible at all Times



McCombs Staff Training Video Covering Zoom Basics



How Do I Delete my Free Zoom Account?


How Can Someone Rejoin if They are Dropped/Removed From a Zoom Meeting? 

  • If a participant voluntarily leaves the meeting or gets dropped (e.g. their internet connection drops), the participant should be allowed to rejoin the meeting without permission
  • In some cases, we've heard reports that people accidentally dropped from meetings couldn't get back in.  The resolve this you may try turning on the "Allow removed participants to rejoin" setting in your profile shown below


  • To access your profile settings navigate to https://utexas.zoom.us/profile/setting
  • Please note that if this setting is turned on, it will allow people to rejoin a meeting even after the host removed them but we assume the case of a host removing someone would be rare so be prepared to adjust as needed to fit your needs



Having Issues With Slow Internet or Videos on Zoom?



Using Virtual Backgrounds in Zoom Meetings

The virtual background feature allows you to display an image or video as your background during a Zoom Meeting. Please visit this Zoom article on virtual backgrounds for more information:

There are McCombs and UT-related images that may be used as virtual backgrounds available at Zoom Backgrounds on the Communications wiki



Audio Trouble While Sharing Screen

Option 1 - Lowering Screen Resolution for Better Zoom Audio

Option 2 - Consider running a WiFi speed test and troubleshooting your WiFi using our Slow Internet Connection Tips



A Participant Has no Option to Raise Their Hand

This is likely because the student was logged into Zoom through their public Zoom account and not their UT Zoom account. Please take the following actions:

  1. Inform the student that they should only be using UT Zoom

  2. Ask them to terminate their free (public) Zoom account using these steps
    1. Login to your free (public) Zoom account at https://zoom.us/signin (i.e. Not UT Zoom site)
    2. Follow these instructions: Delete/Terminate Your Zoom Account.

  3. Important note for faculty: Please note that if you schedule your Zoom meetings through Canvas, this issue likely will resolve itself because when a student clicks on the Zoom link through Canvas, it will automatically prompt them to log into with their UT Zoom account.  The best practice is to schedule classes and office hours through Canvas only and to NOT send students your direct Zoom link for joining your class or office hours.  For more details on how to schedule a class or office hours through Canvas' Zoom integration, please visit Scheduling class & office hours


Guest Speaker's Mic/Camera Don't Work Or Can't Share Screen


Recordings Not Accessible - Students Don't Have Permission to View



Still need help? 

For McCombs faculty, please contact Media Services via email or phone:

For all other UT faculty, please contact your respective college or school





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