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Zoom Video Display Layouts


Zoom Meeting offers four video layouts when no one is screen-sharing. Participants may also pin a video, which lock the video and does not switch when another participants begins to speak. 

  1. Active Speaker View

  2. Gallery View

  3. Full Screen

  4. Immersive View

Video Display Layouts 

Active Speaker ViewGallery ViewFull ScreenImmersive View
  • Switches the large video window between who is speaking with 3 or more participants in the meeting.
  • If it just you and one other participant, your video will be smaller at the top and their video will appear below.
  • The last person will be placed on the upper-left of the upper video displays and move to the left as the other participants speak. If they do not speak again, their video image will be removed by those who are speaking. 

  • Allows you to see thumbnail displays of participants in a grid pattern that expands/contracts as participants join and leave the meeting. 
  • While in a meeting, you can customize the order of the gallery view by clicking and dragging videos or switch between Active Speaker View/Gallery View. 
  • After the first change of order, all other participants will remain in place until moved and new participants will be added to the bottom-right. 
  • Custom order can only be seen by you, however, the host is able to deploy a custom view to all participants which can be released. 

  • Any of the layouts (except floating thumbnail window) can be switched to full-screen mode by double-clicking on Zoom window. 
  • Exit full-screen by double-clicking again or using Esc key on keyboard. 

  • In the top-right corner where the other layouts are found, click Immersive View 
  • Choose one of the provided scenes that allow up to 25 participants to be seen on the same virtual screen. 

Floating Thumbnail Window

Allows the user to minimize the main Zoom window but keep the video on the top of other open applications. The window can then be moved around the screen, or hid entirely, as needed.

To switch to floating thumbnail view:

  1. Click on the minimize icon (located at the top-right for Windows, top-left for macOS).
  2. Once in mini-window view, you can collapse the video by clicking on the arrow on the left side. Click the arrow again to the expand the video thumbnail. 
  3. To close the floating thumbnail window and return to the full Zoom window, click on the arrow on the right side. 

Hide Non-Video Participants

When in Gallery View, right-click on any participant that either has their video off or joined by telephone, or click on the three dots at the upper-right corner of the participant box.

  • Click 'Hide Non-Video Participants' to hide all participants without video.
  • To show non-video participants again, click the 'View' button at the top of your screen and select 'Show Non-Video Participants'. 

Resources for assistance or followup questions and concerns.

Contact UNC Asheville's Information Technology IT Service Desk for assistance in implementing the above described services and support.  Email: or by calling 828.251.6445

Contact UNC Asheville's Center for Teaching and Learning unit for pedagogy and teaching strategies regarding this knowledge base article.  Email: or by calling 828.251.6540

Use the Zoom Video Communication system knowledge base for Zoom meeting specific support questions or concerns.

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