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Can we no longer schedule in 15-minute increments?

Zacharyc
Listener

After the most recent update, I had a user who was asking why we could no longer schedule in 15-minute increments. It seems we can only schedule in 30 minute increments.

(i.e. cannot choose 8:15 or 8:45 start time while scheduling a meeting. It must be 8:00 or 8:30). We can't even type in a time manually. We must choose a time

 

Is there any way to address this? Has the "minimum increment" become a setting or something?

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ZoomTestKitchen
Community Champion | Customer
Community Champion | Customer

If you are using the Zoom client application to schedule a new meeting you can in fact create any start/end time you desire, but I will admit that the user experience the way that it is programmed will almost convince you that are limited to 30 min increments. And even when you realize that it is in face possible, you will still be angry with the user experience.

When selecting a start time for example, we use our mouse to drop down the list and select a time (in 30 min increments). We then realize that we want to create a start time that is say 9:22 AM, so we use our mouse to click on the Start Time field again, only to have it drop down the list of 30 min increments. Therefore, leaving us convinced that we cannot be specific.

 

Well... we can be specific in our times if... WE DON'T USE OUR MOUSE for to edit the time. I hate it, but I know this works. Try this... let's say you are wanting to schedule a meeting that starts at 10:17 AM.

 

  1. Click on the Start Time dropdown list and select 10:00 AM
  2. Then... DO NOT use your mouse, instead tap on the Backspace Key to erase the AM and 00 (Note/Warning: the dropdown list of times will appear again) ignore them, and just type 17 AM and press Tab. It will save your start time as 10:17 AM

I'm not sure who decided to program these Start/End Time fields, but I have wondered if they still have a job, because as you'll find out, even while you're trying to move the cursor with the keyboard arrows and then start to type, they are constantly making programmatic choices of how to control your cursor.

It is super frustrating... but, it is possible.


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ZoomTestKitchen
Community Champion | Customer
Community Champion | Customer

If you are using the Zoom client application to schedule a new meeting you can in fact create any start/end time you desire, but I will admit that the user experience the way that it is programmed will almost convince you that are limited to 30 min increments. And even when you realize that it is in face possible, you will still be angry with the user experience.

When selecting a start time for example, we use our mouse to drop down the list and select a time (in 30 min increments). We then realize that we want to create a start time that is say 9:22 AM, so we use our mouse to click on the Start Time field again, only to have it drop down the list of 30 min increments. Therefore, leaving us convinced that we cannot be specific.

 

Well... we can be specific in our times if... WE DON'T USE OUR MOUSE for to edit the time. I hate it, but I know this works. Try this... let's say you are wanting to schedule a meeting that starts at 10:17 AM.

 

  1. Click on the Start Time dropdown list and select 10:00 AM
  2. Then... DO NOT use your mouse, instead tap on the Backspace Key to erase the AM and 00 (Note/Warning: the dropdown list of times will appear again) ignore them, and just type 17 AM and press Tab. It will save your start time as 10:17 AM

I'm not sure who decided to program these Start/End Time fields, but I have wondered if they still have a job, because as you'll find out, even while you're trying to move the cursor with the keyboard arrows and then start to type, they are constantly making programmatic choices of how to control your cursor.

It is super frustrating... but, it is possible.


If you find this information helpful, please click on "Accept as Solution".

If you have further questions, please reply, we're happy to help.

Jeff Widgren | Host of Zoom Test Kitchen

Thank you so much for this thorough and well explained answer.
I did end up discovering these things on my own, but I will confirm (and add to) for anyone else that is curious. You CAN indeed enter a custom time. But you must use the "Enter" or "Tab" keys in order to confirm the time or something like that.
As a developer myself, I am surprised that it is done this way, because it is poor design choice.
As a note for anyone, if you type in the time "incorrectly" (i.e. "945" (without the colon) or "9:45AM" (without the space), these are not considered acceptable. Zoom WILL NOT interpret these values to be the correct ones. You must enter as follow HH:MM (military time) or HH:MM AM/PM

This is not working to allow a meeting to last something other than in 30 minute increments.  You can change the start time according to your instructions; however, you cannot alter the end time to be something other than in 30 minute increments.  I NEED to have 45 minute and 15 minute long meetings.  Is this no longer possible with Zoom?

If you schedule from the Zoom App (not from the web), you can pick an explicit start time and end time. If you schedule from the web, you are only allowed to pick the start time and the duration.
It's funny that they do it that way, but download the Zoom App and that should fix your problem

I am using Zoom on a business HP laptop computer, not a mobile device.  I am using the Zoom software installed on Windows 10.  I am not using a web browser.  Meetings are set and booked through ScheduleOnce, or I create meeting directly from Zoom software installed on my pc.  It is up to date to the current version. 

 

I am trying to book meeting directly from the Zoom software and cannot schedule my normal 15 minute intro or 45 minute meetings.  However, bookings through ScheduleOnce are still booking as 15 min and 45 min meetings as they should.

 

I just cannot directly create 15 or 45 min meetings from the actual Zoom software installed.  Again, not using a browser to access Zoom on my laptop.  I am using the installed Zoom software.

I guess "App" does tend to imply mobile, however, I am referring to the Zoom computer application.
Here is the link to download: https://zoom.us/support/download?os=windows

I have the most recent Zoom application version, version 5.12.9 (10650), as of Nov. 30, 2022

And I can schedule according to the instructions above.
Try updating your app if it is not working as described

Jeff, I recently had an update to my zoom desktop scheduling app, and I have lost the ability to schedule in 15 minute increments without using the manual workaround you mention in your post.  But this is EXTREMELY frustrating to me.  Often times I am scheduling 6-8 back to back 45 minute meetings and this is going to slow me down a lot.  I can't believe a system that has as much complexity as zoom is missing the most basic feature of allowing the user to set the increments they wish to use for scheduling.  Is manually entering the times really the only solution?  I am pasting a copy of my updated "schedule a meeting" page on the desktop app in case it is helpful to see.

ZoomTestKitchen
Community Champion | Customer
Community Champion | Customer

@hiroprotagonist 

I'm running the latest version of the Zoom client on my Mac, version 5.13.6. I've recorded a very short video of my desktop while I created a new meeting. It displays 15 minute increments in the dropdown list, and I also show how to schedule a meeting with a very exact time.

You can use the mouse to schedule 15 minute increments from the dropdown list without issue, but scheduling an exact time (my video schedules a meeting for 1:02 pm) it's a bit of a pain... you should only use the mouse to initially click into the time field, and then only use the keyboard arrow keys, backspace, and typing numbers to set the time.

 

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Demo Video

I certainly agree that it's programmed behavior does not align well with the common user behavior.

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Jeff Widgren | Host of Zoom Test Kitchen

Thank you for explaining. I thought I was going crazy.  I already set a time for my last meeting, but I will try your suggestion next time.  Why on earth was this changed?  Vivian

I'm using the mac desktop app and none of the suggestions above work for scheduling 15 minute increments. It is impossible to override the 00 or 30 minute increments. I was told by zoom that it is possible on the web portal, but what is the point of having to use the web portal if we have the desktop application? It seems this is a bug, not a feature.

ZoomTestKitchen
Community Champion | Customer
Community Champion | Customer

It's not a bug, and Zoom tech support is correct that it can be done in the web portal, but it can also done accomplished in the client application. Having said that... it's a PITA from a data entry experience. It seems that every time we click or type that we are battling some back-end programming.

I've included a link to a very short recording that I just made of me creating a new meeting on my Mac that is running the latest version of the client app. I show that it does display 15 minute increments, and how to enter an exact time (1:02 pm) in my example.

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Demo Video

I hope you find this information helpful, please click on "Accept as Solution", if it is.

If you have further questions, please reply, we're happy to help.


Jeff Widgren | Host of Zoom Test Kitchen