Google Hangout

How to set up Google+ so you can “Hang Out””

Welcome to Google+

How to check your video and audio settings

Using other options

How to share your PowerPoint onscreen with participants

Where to find help and learn about advance features

How to set up Google+ so you can “Hang Out”

1) After signing into your Gmail, click on the dropdown arrow to the right of your name in the upper right corner of your Gmail screen then select Join Google+:


2) Fill in Gender and Birthday:

3) Click on Upgrade in the bottom right corner:

4) Add people you will want to Hang Out with and click on Continue in the bottom right corner:


5) Follow interesting people or pages to stay updated with recent events relating to them. Click on Continue in the bottom right corner.

6.) Create your profile; Snap a photo, upload, more info. Click Finish.


Welcome to Google+

Getting Started in a Hangout

1.)  “+You” in the top right hand corner, should now say your first name with a “+” before it showing that you are now in Google+. You will also notice that you now have access to Hangouts. Click on your name.


2.) At the upper left, click on Home and Hangouts.


At the moment with your MBC gmail account, you can’t click “Hangouts” on the lower left OR “Start a Hangout” on the right.  Instead, click on “Start a Video Call” on the right hand side.

3.) A pop-up may appear. If it does, select “Install Plugin”

4.) Join a Hangout; invite a friend or two. By default, the meeting is limited only to MBC accounts. Select Change to allow participants from outside the college.


Checking your video and audio settings for Google Hangouts

Once you open a “hangout”, you may adjust your camera/speaker/microphone settings.

1.) Make sure your camera, microphone and headphones are connected, if necessary.

2.) Select the Settings Icon at the top of the Hangout screen.



3.)  Here, you may select and test the various hardware options along with seeing a preview image of your camera.



4.) Save changes or cancel and exit.

 Using other options

Select the following from the top of the Hangout screen.

1.) Invite People – Use to invite additional participants

2.) Mute Microphone – Turn your microphone off

3.) Turn Camera Off – Blank your camera, audio will still be heard

4.) Adjust Bandwidth Usage – Adjust this if you are on a slow connection or are experiencing picture freezes or audio distortion.

5.) Settings – Select your camera, speaker, and microphone.

6.) Leave Call – Leave your Hangout.


Select the following from the left side of your Hangout screen:

1.) Chat – Opens a chat window on the right side where you can chat with participants

2.) Screenshare – Share your screen or specific applications on screen.

3.) Capture – Capture screenshots and share them automatically with participants.

4.) Draw – Allows you to draw on-screen for others viewers to see.

5.) Effects – Allows you to be annoying.

6.) Add Apps – Add additional capabilities for Hangouts.



How to share your PowerPoint onscreen with participants

It is best to change some settings in PowerPoint before you try to share in order to make things easier. You may also want to close any extra windows that you may have open.

1.) Open PowerPoint then click on the Slideshow tab. Select Set Up Slide Show. Finally, under Show Type select Browsed by an individual (Window) and under Show options select Loop continuously until ‘Esc’. This allows you to easily navigate between your PowerPoint presentation and Hangouts. It also will jump to the first slide after the last allowing you to manually end the presentation.



2.) Start your slideshow (it should be in a window and not fullscreen).

3.) In Hangouts, select Screenshare then select your PowerPoint Slideshow from the list of options. If you have many programs open, it may be necessary to slide the slider on the right to locate your slideshow.

4.) Select Share to start presenting it to your viewers.

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Where to find help and learn about advanced features

1.) To find help with Hangouts, you may select the Help button in the lower left corner of the program.


You may also visit the Google help page at:

Google Hangouts Help Center