Zoom Tip: how to hide those pesky grey boxes during screen sharing.

Have you ever been in a Zoom meeting while someone is sharing their screen and grey boxes began showing up at random, covering parts of what’s being shared?

I have. And it’s annoying. I actually see it from both sides when I share my screen because I often run multiple computers during Zoom meetings: I run the meeting on my two monitor desktop, I share PowerPoint slideshows from my laptop and I sometimes join on my tablet as well, so I see the grey boxes on my desktop and tablet AND I see the actual messages behind the boxes on my laptop.

I haven’t wanted to derail an entire session and make people wait while I searched for the setting, and truth be told, I use GoToMeeting more often, so I kept forgetting about Zoom’s grey box problem after the sessions were over. Today, I finally took the time to troubleshoot. I had to try a number of search strings before I finally tracked down the issue because I didn’t know exactly what setting I was looking for. Search strings referencing “Zoom notifications” didn’t lead me to the answer. These messages weren’t really notifications. Of the multiple messages I kept seeing on my laptop, the one I saw the most actually read:

“You are sharing your screen.”

Thank you Zoom, for letting me know that. 🙄

I’ll cut to the chase. The messages are “meeting controls” and here’s how to turn them OFF during your Zoom sessions and make the grey boxes stop Zoom bombing your meetings:
(click to zoom in…no pun intended)

How to check laserjet ink levels in Windows 10

Step 1: Click in the search bar at the bottom left corner of your monitor to begin a search.

Step 2: Begin typing the word “printers” and the system settings for “Printers & Scanners” should appear as an option at the top of the list.

Step 3: Locate your printer in the list. In my case, it’s a Canon Pro9000.

Step 4: Click on your printer name to display the menu and select “Manage”

Step 5: Select “Printer properties”

Step 6: The “Properties” dialog box will display with the “General” tab active. Click the “Maintenance” tab.

Step 7: Select “View Printer Status…”

Step 8: A visual estimate of ink levels will display. Click “Ink Details” to display the name and number of the needed cartridge(s).