UW-Madison Zoom - Hosts may enable attendees to change/modify their display name during an event

When a user joins a Zoom meeting, their display name will be displayed within the participant list associated with their Zoom account they are signed in with. As a host or co-host, you have the ability to allow participants to rename themselves or rename a participant on their behalf.

IMPORTANT: By default, the ability for participants to rename themselves is disabled within your settings. The UW-Madison Zoom defaults have been vetted and put in place by the UW-Madison Cybersecurity Office to support classroom use.

Allow participants to rename themselves

Important: By enabling this feature, you may open yourself up to Zoombombing.

  1. Prior to your meeting, access your UW-Madison Zoom settings.
  2. Search for "Allow participants to rename themselves".
  3. Enable the setting.

Rename a participant during the event

Note: Hosts and co-hosts have the ability to rename a participant. This change will only affect this meeting.

  1. During the event, click 'Manage Participants' in the host controls to display the participants list.
  2. Click the drop-down menu located at the top-left corner to open the participants list or click Pop Out to separate the participants list from the meeting window.
  3. Hover over a participant and click More.
  4. Click Rename. Note: This change only applies to the current meeting.

See a complete list of managing participants in a meeting.



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