When you’re in a Zoom meeting, do you ever wish you could draw something on the screen?


Guess what – you can! Zoom allows you (and your participants) to annotate on the screen!


Zoom has two lesser-known but interactive tools: Annotate & Whiteboard. Annotation allows you to draw on a shared screen, and Whiteboard allows you to write on a blank screen everyone can see.


To annotate, select the Annotate tool while sharing your screen. This option will bring up a new toolbar with a variety of ways to doodle on your screen. When you want everyone in your meeting to focus on your screen, you can use the spotlight, highlighter, pen, or arrow. The spotlight acts like a laser pointer and turns your cursor into a red dot. The highlighter and pen options act like, well, a highlighter or a pen. You can write, highlight, draw, or doodle whatever you want in 16 different colors. The arrow leaves a placeholder on your screen that will have your name on it for a more lasting reminder. When you’re ready to move on to the next thing, you can erase the annotations by selecting the clear button.



Zoom’s whiteboard option replicates writing on a whiteboard in a live classroom by displaying an empty canvas for you and your meeting’s participants to annotate on. To access the whiteboard feature, select “Whiteboard” when you share your screen.


To learn more, check out Zoom’s documentation on Annotation as a Viewer or reach out to us! You can email us at itrs@luc.edu or come to our drop-in sessions at the Lake Shore and Water Tower campuses.


Article by: Meg Mandolia