This guide will provide an overview of some interesting features BigBlueButton has to offer.

  • BigBlueButton offers many different features such as: Text chat, webcam and audio support, status emojis, breakout rooms, polls, screensharing, and multi-user whiteboards

  • Each feature will be discussed briefly below


  • BigBlueButton allows you to send messages both publicly and privately

  • By default, public chat will already be open when joining a session.

  • In order to toggle the public chat view on or off, click the "Public Chat" button near the top-left side of the page

  • To send a private message, click the user who you need to send a message to, then click "Start a private chat".  

  • You can then differentiate and switch between private and public chats through the chat buttons near the top-left corner

 Screen Sharing

 As the presenter, you will have the option to share your screen.  

  • Click the Screenshare button located near the bottom of the page.  

  • You will then be prompted for the type of screenshare: The Entire Screen (With the option to choose which monitor, in case you have multiple), the Application Window, and Browser Tabs.

  • As mentioned previously, the Entire Screen option will allow you to choose which monitor to share

  •  The Application Window will allow you to share entire applications that are currently running

  • Browser Tabs will allow you to select a specific, single tab that is currently open in your browser to share

  • When you are finished sharing your screen, simply click the Screenshare Button once again


In addition to screen sharing, you also have the option of Sharing a webcam.

  • To share your webcam, click the Webcam Button to the left of the screen share button

  • You will be prompted to allow permission to use your webcam

  • When finished, click the Webcam Button again to stop sharing

Audio and Voice Control

  • To mute or unmute incoming sound, click the Audio button at the bottom of the page

  • To mute or unmute your Microphone, click the Microphone button just beside the audio button

 Uploading a Presentation 

  • Click on the "+" button near the bottom left corner of the whiteboard section to upload a presentation of your own


  • Select "Upload a Presentation" from the list of options


  • Drag and drop the desired file into the designated upload area

  • Click the "Upload" button after you have selected a file

  • Click "Confirm" when the file has finished uploading

  • Your presentation will now be displayed on the whiteboard area

(Note: Certain portions of a presentation may be unavailable, such as slide transitions and animations.

  • The presentation can be annotated with the tools provided on the right-hand side of the whiteboard

 Full screen mode

  • You can enter full screen mode by using the full screen button at the bottom-right corner of the whiteboard

 Viewer Permission:

BigBlueButton allows you to change permissions for other viewers in your room.


  • Click the gear icon located beside the viewer list

  • Click the "Lock Viewers" button from the drop-down menu to bring up user permissions

  • From here you can lock specific options for all users in the room who are not moderators. By default, all options are not locked



BigBlueButton also allows you to create polls during a presentation.

  • To create a poll, click the "+" symbol at the bottom left of the whiteboard 

  • Click "Start a Poll" from the menu

  • Select the type of poll you would like to use from the list

(Note: Choosing a custom poll allows you to create the answers for your question. The question itself needs to be manually entered onto the whiteboard, or spoken out loud).