How to Use the Speaker Icon in Zoom
Zoom calls feature a speaker icon – a blue light that indicates when you are using speakerphone. It appears in the options box at the top of your call screen.
This icon may obscure important data on your slides, so it may be beneficial to temporarily hide it. This article will discuss various approaches for doing just that.
It Helps Presenters Manage Sound Effects
Audio can have a dramatic impact on audience experience when giving presentations online or live, so tools are available to assist presenters in managing sound effects effectively. One useful indicator tool is the speaker icon which shows where and when an effect was added to your deck and whether it should play automatically or require manual starting of clips manually – helping presenters avoid sudden interruptions that divert focus away from slides they are showing their audiences.
PowerPoint makes it easy to add audio files to slides with its Speaker icon that appears both in edit and presentation view. When hovered over, media settings open up which allow presenters to modify sound properties like volume adjustment and mic muting as needed.
Presenters can utilize the speaker icon not only to adjust sound files but also mark where an audio file should begin playing on slides. This feature is particularly helpful when narrating presentations or explaining specific slide contents more comprehensively. To use it, click the red marker line within the waveform of Edit Audio dialog box and choose your target location within a slide to start playing audio from.
Speaker Icons also allow presenters to seamlessly switch between handset and speakerphone mode, which is especially beneficial if holding the phone near your face can cause your audio to cut out. To activate this feature, simply tap the speaker icon at the top-right corner of the call screen; after tapping, it will become white to signify you are now using speakerphone mode; simply move away from yourself at least a foot to switch back to handset mode.
To obscure the speaker icon, open your media settings and enable “Hide during show”. This will make sure the icon doesn’t appear when in presentation mode.
It Helps Presenters Access Media Settings
The speaker icon provides presenters with quick and easy access to media settings during presentations with multiple media files that require switching back and forth during their presentation. By clicking on it, a pop-up window will open displaying all available options for that file allowing presenters to easily select one that meets their individual needs.
ProPresenter allows for up to 16 audio channels of input and output processing at once; by default, stereo output requires 2 channels; you may add additional channels if needed for more flexibility. Next you will be asked which input source (USB, Thunderbolt devices, SDI and NDI for Mac only) you would like ProPresenter to access as well as which channel of your audio input should be output from ProPresenter.
Finally, the final options on this window allow you to set an amount of time that should pass before audio from an input starts playing – this ensures you won’t miss any essential details while presenting.
Presenters using Zoom presentations may find the speaker icon useful as it offers access to a button that will allow them to mute or hold microphone calls during calls. This feature may prove particularly beneficial.
Finally, the speaker icon allows you to record your voice. This can be an effective way of adding narration to your slides and avoiding reading texts aloud to an audience. Once recorded, your audio can be exported by clicking File Menu > Export; here you can also choose whether Presentation Quality or Internet Quality should be saved as a video file.
If sound effects are making the slide difficult to read, you can hide the speaker icon by selecting it and choosing two tabs on the Ribbon: Format and Playback. After doing this, a checkbox labelled Hide during Show will become enabled so that this icon no longer obstructs the view when presenting.
It Helps Presenters Hide the Icon
At times, the speaker icon can be distracting to an audience and obscure important visual information on a slide. Luckily, it is possible to hide this icon. Simply select it and two new tabs will appear on your Ribbon: Format and Playback. When you select Playback tab you will see an option called Hide During Show; simply tick this box to remove audio icon during presentation.
An engaging and memorable presentation requires striking the appropriate balance between entertainment and information. One effective method of doing this is using multimedia content such as images, videos and audio snippets – doing so will keep the attention of your audience throughout your presentation; but to use these elements effectively without distractions it is imperative to know their proper use.
The speaker icon can be an invaluable aid when presenting with PowerPoint, yet it can also become an annoyance to audiences. Presenters commonly use it to narrate presentations; when this occurs it can make it hard for audience members to focus on what the presenter is presenting. However, there are ways around this problem so your audience can remain focused. There are various techniques you can employ in PowerPoint to hide the speaker icon so they don’t get in their way.
Presenters using sound effects are assisted with managing them using the speaker icon, but its other uses include displaying audio properties like volume, fade in/out and pause/resume. This feature helps presenters understand the impact of their audio settings so they can make any necessary adjustments accordingly. Furthermore, hovering over it reveals more audio information in an expanded form.
The speaker icon in the upper-right corner of your call options box indicates that your phone is currently set on speakerphone, making calls easier without interference with your voice. To switch back to handset mode simply tap or press speaker again; similarly you can mute microphone by pressing microphone button so as to prevent other callers hearing personal conversations during calls.
It Helps Presenters Strike the Perfect Balance
When selecting speakers for an event, it’s essential that their message resonates with your target audience. That means identifying someone who embodies both expertise and credibility: examine their professional background and accomplishments while considering past presentations from them as an indicator. Credibility can be seen as the equivalent of reputation: you want someone whose name people trust that can demonstrate they know their stuff.
The speaker icon can help presenters achieve balance when using PowerPoint. From sound effects and media settings to hiding it during shows, this icon provides presenters with tools they need while keeping their audience in mind. To hide it during presentations go to Format > Playback -> Hide during Show and use this option – keeping any sounds included in their presentation from being interrupted while keeping its presence unavoidable.