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Google Meet: See Your Presentation AND the Participants

Google Meet makes it hard to see your presentation AND the participants. Try this hack.
Google Meet: See Your Presentation AND the Participants

When using Google Meet and you want to share your screen it is pretty common to say “Can you guys see my screen?” How do you know you are presenting and what you are presenting without using a Chrome extension? How can you see BOTH the presentation and the participants at the same time?

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Share Your Screen

To share your screen in Google Meet click on “Present Now” in the bottom right.

Your Presentation

After choosing to present part or all of your screen, notice in the upper right that it is showing a very small thumbnail of your screen share.

Pin Your Presentation

Hover over the tiny screen presentation and click on the Pin icon to “Pin to screen.” This will confirm to you that you are screen sharing and what you are sharing.

Lose Participants

Unfortunately, pinning your screen to see what you are presenting will lose your ability to see who is participating in the Meet. Unless….

Duplicate the Meet Tab

While in the Google Meet, right click on the Chrome tab and choose “Duplicate.” This will have you in the Meet TWICE!

Use the 2nd Tab

On the 2nd Tab you are not the presenter but rather just another participant. You can see the presentation AND the participants on that tab. No pinning of the presentation required. Tip: Mute your mic and turn off the camera on the 2nd tab.

12 thoughts on “Google Meet: See Your Presentation AND the Participants

  1. My issue is that I can still only see 9 students when presenting (the 9 who have talked most recently) and I can’t see the other 15 students in my classroom. Is there a way to fix this?

  2. Is there a way to hide the message “You’re presenting to everyone – Stop Presenting – Presentation Audio”? Because it takes a lot of window space. Thanks

  3. In the new update of Google Meet, I cannot see even one participant when someone is sharing the screen. I see 5 others are there in the call. I have tried changing the layout to Tiled and Layout as well

    1. Note: this technique no longer works with the new update. What I can do instead is use the Microsoft Edge Chromium browser to login a second time and then mute the tab.

  4. On the new Google Meet I split my screen with Dualless to see students (right side) & presentation (left side). What I’m presenting shows on the left side but also on the right side w/students. I’m only able to see 3 of 7 students when presenting. Is there a way to eliminate the presentation from showing on both sides? I have tried all 3 options (window, tab, screen).

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