How To Prevent Zoom Automatically Going Full Screen

We often used Zoom for conference calls and screensharing with our web development clients. I kept getting annoyed that Zoom would decide to automatically go full-screen when another meeting attendee shared their screen. But I found the fix and want to share here to help others.

To prevent Zoom from automatically going into full screen mode in this situation:

1. Go to Zoom preferences

Zoom preferences in menu
On a Mac, go to the menu (next to the Apple menu) and click Preferences.

2. Go to the General tab at top and UNcheck the box next do “Enter full screen automatically when viewing screen shared by others.”

Zoom general preferences disable full screen
Uncheck the box for entering full screen when someone shares their screen.

Now whenever I’m walking someone through something, for example during an SEO consulting project, I won’t be jolted unnecessarily into fullscreen mode! I hope this helps you save time and frustration!

Some of our clients