How to Raise Hand in Zoom on Mac & Window PC

Jan 10, 2023 - Leave a Comment

How to raise hand in Zoom on Mac or Windows

If you spend time in Zoom Meetings, whether hosting or joining, and you’re using a Mac or Windows PC, and perhaps you’re new to either platform or new to Zoom, you may be wondering how to raise your hand in a virtual meeting, and how to lower your hand.

Of course we’re talking about raising and lowering your virtual hand in Zoom Meetings, not literally doing so on camera, and it turns out it’s quite simple.

How to Raise Hand in Zoom Meetings

You can raise your hand at any time in a Zoom meeting:

  1. From the Zoom screen, click on the “Reactions” button at the bottom of the screen
  2. How to raise hand on Zoom for Mac or PC

  3. Choose “Raise Hand”
  4. How to Raise hand in Zoom meeting on Mac or Windows PC

Your hand will be raised until either a host lowers it, or you lower it.

How to Lower Hand in Zoom Meetings

If you already have your hand raised, you can lower it at any time using the same trick:

  1. From the Zoom screen, click on the “Reactions” button at the bottom of the screen
  2. Choose “Lower Hand”

You can lower your hand at any time, or a host can lower your hand as well.

Raising and lowering hands in Zoom is the same for Zoom for both Mac and Windows PC, as long as you’re on a recent version of Zoom you’ll find the above tricks work. You’ll want to update Zoom on your computer often, as the app gets bug fixes, new features, and security updates fairly regularly.

Some Mac users may have trouble updating Zoom which can be fixed fairly easily as described here.

Keyboard Shortcuts to Raise / Lower Hand in Zoom Meetings

If you prefer to use keyboard shortcuts in Zoom, you can raise and lower your hand using keystrokes:

  • Mac: Raise / lower hand on Mac with Option + Y
  • Windows PC: Raise / lower hand on PC with Alt + Y

If you’re a fan of the keystroke approach, don’t miss the Zoom keyboard shortcuts list for Mac, and for PC they’re basically the same but using ALT instead of Option and Control instead of Command.


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Posted by: Paul Horowitz in Mac OS, Tips & Tricks

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