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With Zoom versions 5.8.3 and higher, you can allow your meeting participants to control slideshows shared from your computer.

This is a helpful feature in situations where you may be hosting a slideshow for a presenter who doesn’t have it loaded on their own device, or when sharing a turn-based group presentation where multiple participants are assigned segments of a talk. Whereas before they would have needed to provide you with verbal cues to advance slides, now they can do it themselves.

This feature should work with Powerpoint, Keynote or Google Slides presentations. To use it, follow these steps:

  1. Start or join a meeting or webinar.
  2. Begin sharing a Keynote, PowerPoint, or Google Slides presentation.
  3. On the sharing toolbar, click Slide Control .
    Note: This option will only be available when you are in presentation mode.
  4. Select one or more participants you wish to give slide control.
    The slide control button will update with the number of participants with slide control next to the icon.

When a participant has been given access to slide control and the presenter enters presentation mode, a banner notification will appear, informing them of the new access. The slide controls will appear just below the banner, in the bottom-left corner of the presentation view. To control the show:

  1. Click the left arrow  and right arrow  buttons to move the presentation backwards or forwards.
  2. Alternatively, you can use the left and right buttons on your keyboard to move the presentation backwards or forwards.

This new feature has been enabled by default for all VCU users, but it’s up to you whether you want to use it. If for some reason you’d prefer to disable it, log into your account page at, go to “Settings > Meeting > In Meeting (Basic)” and move “Slide Control” to the off position.

Please note that the meeting host and all participants must be running Zoom version 5.8.3 or higher for this to work. If you have questions about this feature or any Zoom issues, please feel free to contact us at for assistance.

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