Zoom Guide For Host: Renaming Participants

Renaming Participants

1. During a Meeting:

  • As a host or co-host, you have the ability to rename participants in a Zoom meeting.

2. Using the Participants Panel:

  • Click on the “Participants” button at the bottom of the Zoom window to open the Participants panel.
  • In the Participants panel, you’ll see a list of all meeting participants.
  • Find the participant whose name you want to change and hover your mouse over their name.
  • Click on “More” (three dots) next to the participant’s name.
  • From the menu that appears, select “Rename.”
  • A dialog box will open allowing you to edit the participant’s name. Enter the desired name and click “OK.”

3. For Participants:

  • Participants can also rename themselves during a meeting.
  • They can click on the “Participants” button, then hover over their name in the Participants panel.
  • Click on “More” (three dots) and select “Rename.”
  • They can then enter their desired name and click “OK.”

4. Host Controls:

  • As a host, you can control whether participants can rename themselves.
  • In the Zoom settings, under “In Meeting (Basic),” you’ll find an option called “Allow participants to rename themselves.”
  • You can toggle this option on or off according to your preferences.

5. Keyboard Shortcut:

  • If you’re a host or co-host, you can use a keyboard shortcut to quickly rename a participant:
    • While in the Participants panel, hover over the participant’s name and press Alt + R (Windows) or Cmd + R (Mac). This will open the rename dialog for that participant.

Additional Tips:

  • Professionalism: Remind participants to use appropriate and professional names when renaming themselves.
  • Clarity: Renaming participants can be helpful in large meetings to identify speakers or participants by their roles or affiliations.
  • Monitoring: Hosts should monitor participant names for any inappropriate or disruptive changes.

By following these steps, you can easily rename participants in your Zoom meetings, either as a host or as a participant.