How do I make the Zoom window transparent?

If you’re looking for ways to make the zoom window semi-transparent so you can see behind it while you’re working, your best bet is to download and use Circles for Zoom. Unfortunately, Zoom does not offer the ability to change the opacity of its main window, nor can you adjust the transparency of the mini-view that Zoom provides when you minimize it.

What you may be really looking for is a way to be able to see more of your desktop or be able to take notes or do other things while still being and appearing present during your Zoom meeting. In the following screenshots, you’ll see what the Zoom window looks like and then the best attempt at minimizing zoom, which results in a single, small, rectangular active speaker window.

Desktop with regular Zoom Window
Desktop with regular Zoom Window

Now see the screenshot below, showing the best you can do with Zoom by minimizing it into minimal view and then positioning the floating active speaker window to the top center.

Desktop with Zoom minimized into minimal view, positioned top center of screen
Desktop with Zoom minimized into minimal view, positioned top center of screen

This gets you pretty far when it comes to getting zoom out of your way but it doesn’t give you any control over the minimal experience. You’re forced into active speaker, you still don’t have your transparency control, you can’t resize that window, and you don’t have easy access to any of the other features you may need, like chat, host controls, etc.

For context, this is what Circles looks like when you’ve set 7 circles to be visible and you’ve turned down the opacity to make them semi-transparent.

Desktop with 7 circles present in a semi-transparent mode, positioned top-center

Here you can see the value of joining your Zoom meetings with Circles, especially if your goal is to make Zoom transparent or get Zoom out of your way so you can focus on the content.

Circles is free to use and you can download it today for Mac OS here. Please drop a comment below if you have any questions or if we can help with anything else!

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