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Two hacks for a seamless Zoom experience

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Hack #1 - Open Zoom without prompt

The Issue

You know the pain.
For every new Zoom call you have to confirm a prompt in order to join it.
No matter what kind of calendar or meeting reminder you're using, you can't avoid to open chrome and submit the prompt.

Chrome prompt without checkbox

The Solution

Using an older chrome version to get the checkbox back?
No, not really an option.

Luckily this feature is not gone, just hidden.
Follow this simple steps to get it back:

  1. Have Chrome version > 79
  2. Run the following command in terminal ​defaults write com.google.Chrome ExternalProtocolDialogShowAlwaysOpenCheckbox -bool true
  3. Restart Chrome

After restarting chrome you're able to tick the checkbox to always open Zoom directly without prompting.

Chrome prompt with checkbox

Hack #2 - Zoom Closer for Google Chrome

The Issue

You're pretty busy and hopping from call to call.
Every new call is a new tab in Chrome and you end up like this...

Open zoom tabs

The Solution

Some smart people came up with Chrome plugins for this issue.
Every new tab is just temporarily open and will be closed automatically.

Just search for "Zoom Tab Closer" in the chrome web store and install one.
I linked the Zoom Closer which works pretty fine for me.

Credits

[1] https://superuser.com/questions/1498967/how-to-always-open-certain-app-links-in-chrome-without-prompt
[2] https://chrome.google.com/webstore/detail/zoom-closer/appjbedfhcmpknanmbndpojcllfaemal

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