Google Meet Screen Layouts Explained for Teachers

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In response to some inquiries we received recently about the viewing layouts supported in Google Meet, we went ahead and pulled out for you these guidelines from Goole Meet Help centre. We have particularly highlighted two important viewing aspects in meetings conducted through Google Meet: the first one is related to the different types of screen layouts supported by Google Meet and the second one is about the 'self viewing' feature. 



I- Screen Layouts in Google Meet
Google Meet supports four types of screen layouts:

1- Auto:
When selected, it means that Google Meet will automatically choose the screen layout for you.

2- Tiled:
This view features up to 16 individuals when there is no presentation. To see the names of participants move your mouse. The last people to join your meeting will have their images appear at the bottom of the screen.

3-Spotlight
In this view, the window features the presentation, the active speaker, or pinned feed.

4- Sidebar
The Sidebar view allows you to see "the active speaker or presentation with additional participants on the side".

II- How to view yourself in a video meeting
Google Meet lets you choose whether you want to appear among other participants in a meeting or not. Note that the 'Spotlight' layout does not support the 'view yourself' feature.

 Here is how to enable self view in a video call:
  • "On the top right corner of your screen, hover over your self preview click .
  • On the People panel, click ."
Here is how to turn off self view in a video call:
  • "On the top right corner of your screen, hover over your self preview click .
  • On the People panel, click .
  • Hover over your tile in the video grid click ."