How to Start a Zoom Meeting From Canvas

How to Start a Zoom Meeting From Canvas

This guide will help you start your Zoom meeting from Canvas.

If you need general Zoom support not specifically using Canvas, such as account or licensing information, software updates, integrations with other software (Outlook), and using the HIPAA client please see these Information Services Zoom Pages

Related Topics: Zoom in Canvas, Canvas

Starting your Zoom Meeting in Canvas

When a Zoom meeting (one-time or recurring) is scheduled in Canvas, those meetings will be available to students and instructors in the Zoom Meetings tool [1], on the Upcoming Meetings [2] tab. Select the meeting and click the Start [3] button to begin the meeting.

Zoom meetings interface in Canvas showing upcoming meetings



After clicking on Start a browser window will open.

  • If you have the Zoom app installed, a dialog box will appear at the top of the page with an option to Open [4]. Select this option to open the Zoom App.


  • If the Zoom app is not installed, and you want to use a browser, select Launch Meeting [5]. This will launch the meeting in a browser. If this option is not visible, click on Cancel next to the Open [4] option to see the Launch Meeting link.
Launch zoom meetings options downloaded app versus browser


Once the meeting launches remember to:

  • Make sure your mic is not muted [1]
  • Turn on video, if desired [2]
  • Type welcome note to everyone in Chat [3]
  • When ready, begin recording [4]
Zoom meeting with bottom of screen menu options displayed


For further assistance, UO Online & Canvas Support is available.

  • In-Person: Room 68 PLC  
  • By phone: (541) 346-1942  
  • By email:  
  • Submit a Service Portal Ticket (opens in a new tab). This form can also be accessed in Canvas from the Help button at the bottom of the Global Navigation Menu