How to Pin an Interpreter in Online Meetings

by Lyssa Prince, MLIS, CPWA, Oklahoma ABLE Tech Digital Accessibility Program Manager

It is always great to see ASL interpreters in an online meeting, but sometimes the meeting organizer may not know that they need to "pin" or "spotlight" an interpreter so that participants who need to see the interpreter always have them in view. If this is the case, both Zoom and Teams let you, the user, take control of your pins. 

On Zoom, go to the Participants tab, select the menu next to the interpreter's name, and then select "Pin."

 A screenshot of the Zoom participants list with the menu for a participant expanded and "Pin" button highlighted.

On Teams, go to the People tab, select the menu next to the interpreter's name, and then select "Pin for me."

A screenshot of the Teams People list with the menu for a person expanded and "Pin" button highlighted

Also, did you know that in Zoom, "spotlight" works much the same way, but it's an option only for organizers? This works the same way as the "pin" functionality, but it sets a pinned video for ALL attendees. 

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