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How do I use the Conferences interface as a participant?

Once you have joined a conference as a participant, the Conference interface contains multiple tools to help you have a successful conference. Conferences uses web real-time communications (WebRTC) audio for users of Firefox and Chrome.

Use Conferences Interface

The conference interface contains a variety of tools to help you moderate your presentation. Each area of the interface is created within its own window and can be resized.

View Conference Tools

View Conference Tools

In the menu bar, you can adjust your audio settings [1], share your video (webcam) [2], and see if the conference is being recorded [3].

If you change your audio settings to share your microphone, you'll also have the option to mute and unmute yourself.

The middle of the conference shows the name of the conference [5]. You can also view conference shortcut keys [6] and get help with conference options in the BigBlueButton website [7]. To leave the conference, click the Logout button [8] or close your browser tab or window.

View Users

View Users

The Users panel displays the users in the conference. To locate the presenter/moderator, look for the presentation icon [1].

The icon next to your name shows how you are participating in the conference: microphone or listen only [2].

Set Status

Set Status

At the bottom of the Users window, you can set a status icon to indicate your status. Click the Status icon [1], then select your status [2]. You can set your status as raising your hand (such as if you have a question), happy, neutral, sad, confused, or away.

View Chat Window

View Chat Window

The Chat window contains the welcome message [1] for the conference and contains all the chat messages throughout the conference.

You can chat with all of the participants in the conference by typing text in the Chat window [2]. To start a private chat with another participant, click the Options tab [3] and select the name of the participant.

Select Language

Select Language

To change the language of the interface, click the language drop-down menu at the bottom of the screen.

Select Layout

Select Layout

To choose from a number of preset layouts, click the Default Layout drop-down menu:

  • Default Layout: displays the Users, Webcams, Presentation, and Chat windows
  • Closed Caption: displays the Users, Webcams, Presentation, Closed Caption, and Chat windows
  • Video Chat: Displays the Webcams window
  • Webcam Meeting: Displays the Webcams, Chat, and Presentation windows
  • Presentation Meeting: Displays the Presentation, Chat, and Webcams windows
  • Lecture Assistant: Displays the Users, Chat, Presentation, and Webcams windows
  • Lecture: Displays the Presentation windows

Resize Conference Windows

Resize Conference Windows

Each window within the interface is independent of the others. You can resize the windows to personalize your viewing experience. To change the size of a window, hover over the edge of a window until the cursor becomes a double arrow, then click and drag to your desired size.

View Closed Caption

Your conference moderator may enable closed captioning for the conference. In the Layout menu [1], select the Closed Caption option.

In the Language list [2], select the language you want to use for live captioning. If a language is not available, a moderator has not enabled any language for captions.

In the font options [3], you can set how you want to view the captions in the caption window. You can change the font family, font size, background color, and text color.

Open Captions

Open Captions

Click the tab for the selected language. The tab name also displays the name of the moderator creating the captions.

View Captions

View Captions

View the captions created for the conference.

To adjust the font options at any time, click the Options tab.