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Steve M. Tietjen, Ed.D | County Superintendent of Schools

Zoom Virtual Backgrounds

Merced County Office of Education

​​​​Zoom Virtual Backgrounds​​​​​​​​​​​

The COVID-19 pandemic is changing how we live our lives. The new normal for MCOE​—faculty, staff, and students alike—is Zoom video conferencing. However, while you are physical distancing, one thing doesn’t have to change: you can stay connected by using an MCOE-branded Zoom virtual background. ​Several options can be downloaded below. ​​

​​​Zoom Backgound 1​​
Zoom Backgound 2
Zoom Backgound 3
Zoom Backgound 4
Zoom Backgound 5
Zoom Backgound 6



​​Right click on any of the backgrounds above and choose "Save Image As" to save it to your computer. 


  1. ​Go to Zoom at​, join an existing meeting link or open the desktop application on your PC or Mac. 
  2. ​​If you do not have Zoom loaded onto your computer, you can download it below. 


On a Mac when you start or enter a Zoom meeting press your “Command key (⌘)” and “comma (,)” a window will pop-up with the menu option “Virtual Backgrounds” menu option on the left. 


On a PC when you start or enter a Zoom meeting click the “up arrow” next to "Stop Video" and select "Choose Virtual Background" menu option. 

MA​​C & PC 

  1. ​​Click on the “Virtual Background” menu option and then click the "+" ​​next to "Choose Virtual Backgroun​d" to select the​ background that you saved to your computer. 
  2. Be sure to uncheck the "Mirror my video" box option under Video Settings. ​


Make sure to position yourself against a solid-colored background.
(Note: Higher quality cameras result in a better virtual background effect.) 

Please refer to the Zoom Help Center if you experience any issues. 

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