A New Year and New Zoom Updates - January 2022

The year 2022 has arrived so we wanted to take this opportunity to highlight some of the latest Zoom features that have been deployed within the past few months. For questions about any of these features, contact acadtech@arizona.edu. Enjoy!


  • Presentation slide control
    Control progression of presentation slides without needing to ask the participant sharing the presentation for the next slide. Supports presentations in Google Slides, PowerPoint, and Keynote. This setting will need to be enabled at the user account level. This feature requires version 5.8.3 or higher.

  • Automatic Updates
    Users can enable the desktop client to update itself when updates are available for install. Users can choose between 2 different update cadences: Slow (default) for fewer updates and better stability, or Fast for the newest features and updates. This will be enabled by default for standard installations, but disabled for the package for IT Admins for managed installations. So if you aren’t able to get this new feature to work it might be because your department or college IT used the managed installer when installing Zoom on your machine.

  • Schedule Meetings with Focus mode
    Hosts can schedule a meeting with Focus mode to be started automatically when the meeting starts, in order to provide less distractions to all meeting participants. In your Zoom account settings you will need to enable Focus mode as well as check the box to “Allow host to enable focus mode when scheduling”.

  • Save custom gallery view order
    Meeting hosts can save the customized gallery view order for subsequent meetings. The customized gallery order is saved to each unique meeting ID, which allows the host to load the saved customized gallery order to avoid continually customizing the gallery order for each meeting.

  • Create, remove, rename breakout rooms after launch
    Breakout rooms no longer need to be closed in order to rename or add/remove additional rooms. Account owners and admins can enable the ability for hosts to create, remove, and rename breakout rooms while they are open and in use. This feature must be enabled in your Breakout Room settings within your user account and it requires all participants to be running client version 5.9.3 or higher.

  • Add video to waiting room
    Account owners, admins, and users can add a video when customizing the appearance of the waiting room in the web portal. Participants in the waiting room are able to view the video while they wait for the host to allow them into the meeting. This feature requires client version 5.7.3 or higher.

  • Enable Language Interpretation by default
    Account owners and admins can enable the Language Interpretation feature by default when scheduling Zoom meetings. Previously, when scheduling a new meeting, the Language Interpretation feature was always off by default. You can find this setting in your individual Zoom account settings.