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Can a webinar participant share their screen while muted?


We want to host a webinar where the audio from the host's computer will be the only audio used by Zoom.   Other participants audio input to Zoom will be muted on their computer.  All participants are in the same room and are using external mics which are connected to a mixer.  The mixer output will feed the host's computer and be the source of the audio for the webinar.  We want to do this to better control the quality of the audio.  Since other participants Zoom mic input is muted, Zoom cannot use their audio to recognize them as the active computer.  We still need the participants to be able to share their desktops full screen.  How do we accomplish this?   One idea I have is to have the host spotlight them when they need to share their desktop.  Will this work?   Is there another method which will work?



Jim Norman


Community Champion | Customer
Community Champion | Customer

Hi, @Jim_Norman,

I assume you mean all panelists are going to be in one room, and you’ll have Webinar attendees remotely.  I understand the woes of audio when there are many people in one room – sounds like you have a creative solution. Great job!  And you are correct about Spotlighting… I’ll elaborate a little:


As long as panelist screen sharing is enabled, they will be able to share their screen just fine. But for the best view by the webinar attendees, you’ll need to Spotlight each presenter when they are speaking – otherwise, as you suggest, only the computer with the audio-out will be highlighted in what I call “active-speaker following mode”.


I recommend that the webinar host use the View menu setting that forces all attendees to see Side-by-side: Speaker view so they will always see the Spotlighted panelist.

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