Learn how to create meeting rooms and use templates to define the layout of various pods and components. Reuse the default templates or create new templates.

Create meetings

You can create meetings in Adobe Connect Central. Every meeting has a static URL (meeting room) and persists even after you close it. You can use this URL to launch the meeting again. Meeting hosts can customize the URL when creating the meeting.

To incorporate registration as part of your meeting, you must have the Event Management tab. See About Adobe Connect Events. Your account administrator can request for a large webinar for 1500 participants using a separate license. If the Adobe Connect administrators approve the request, you receive a meeting room URL. Use this URL to create an event registration system.

You can use the meeting room anytime to run 25-participant meetings for trial. Configure the meeting room with content/layouts before you start the meeting. However, participants can log in to the meeting 15 minutes before the scheduled time of the meeting. Smaller meetings can run at any time, without scheduling, if a meeting room is created.

Create an audio profile (for audio conferences)

Use the My Audio Profiles window (My Profile > My Audio Profiles) to configure an audio profile to use with an audio conference. Audio profiles use the conference settings associated with the selected audio provider to start the audio conference. See Create and use audio profiles.

Start the Meeting wizard

You have two options for starting the Meeting wizard. To create the meeting in your individual My Meetings folder, navigate to the Adobe Connect Central home page. On this page, click the Create button, and select Meeting from the menu. To create your meeting in another folder for which you have Manage permission, navigate to that folder in the Meetings library. Then click the New Meeting button.

Create a new meeting from the Adobe Connect Central home page
Create meeting from home page
Create a new meeting in a folder by going to the Meetings tab in Adobe Connect Central
Create meeting in a folder from the Meetings tab

Enter meeting information

On the first page of the Meeting wizard, enter details about the meeting. These details include a name, custom URL, summary, date, duration, template, language, access restrictions, and audio conference settings (Only the name and language are required). If available, you can select an audio profile from the pop-up menu instead of manually entering audio conference settings. For more information about audio profiles, see Create and use audio profiles.

Enable opt out to provide an option to the participants to not provide non-explicitly submitted information to hosts. When participants choose to opt out, Adobe Connect excludes engagement index and private chat message count from the meeting reports.


To enable participants to enter the meeting using the HTML client, select the Enable HTML client for participants option. If an Administrator has force-enabled HTML client for your account, Hosts cannot deselect this option.

Select meeting participants

Use the Available Users And Groups list to add participants. Find participants by name and expand groups to select individuals in the group. If you want, assign roles by selecting participant names and clicking Permissions from the bottom of the current participants list. Then, proceed to the final step of sending invitations or exit the wizard to send invitations later.

Send invitations

The wizard guides you through two separate processes, depending on whether the meeting is open to registered users only or to anyone.

If the meeting is open to registered users only, select Send Invitations, and then select a group to invite (for example, hosts only). You can edit the text that appears in the email message. You have the option of including a Microsoft Outlook calendar appointment.

If the meeing is open to anyone who has the meeting URL, click Send E‑Mail Invitations to open the email application, and add invitees to the distribution list of your email message.


Adobe Connect is unable to send a meeting invite for a meeting where the character count for the content to send to the email client is more than 1000 characters. The issue is related to HTML tag mailto, as browsers cannot launch an email client when the content exceeds 1000 characters.

Let's get started

By default, all users are prompted to either join the meeting with their default web browser or Adobe Connect application. Each  user is allowed to set their preference. 

An illustration of how the screen looks to the first-time users
An illustration of how the screen looks to the first-time users

Meeting room templates and layouts

A template is simply a meeting room that has already been designed. It can contain one or several layouts with different display panels (or pods), configurations, and content. Layouts can be optimized for a specific task, such as presenting slides or collaborating with peers. Leverage existing layouts and content to reduce repetitive customization each time you create a meeting. Create your own templates or use the default templates included in Adobe Connect.

To help you quickly create a meeting room, Adobe Connect offers three built-in templates: Default Meeting, Default Training, and Default Events. When creating a meeting by using the New Meeting wizard in Adobe Connect Central, select one of these three templates for your meeting room. Then, add your content, and start your meeting.

When you create a meeting room from a template, the latest version of the content is added to your room. If you edit the source file for the embedded content, the changes do not affect the content in your room. To update the content in your meeting room, upload the revised file to the Adobe Connect Server. Then, replace the existing content in the meeting room with the revised content on the server.

Default Meeting template

General template for meetings. It contains three layouts: Sharing, Discussion, and Collaboration. The Sharing layout is optimized for sharing content (Microsoft PowerPoint presentations, video, Adobe PDF, and so on). The Discussion layout is optimized for discussing issues interactively and taking notes. The Collaboration layout is optimized for annotating content and drawing freehand on content.

Default layouts of meeting rooms
Default Meeting template layouts

A. Sharing B. Discussion C. Collaboration 

Default Training template

Used for online collaborative instruction and virtual classrooms. It contains three layouts: Lobby, Classroom, and Analysis. The Lobby layout is a place to exhibit a self-running presentation or display other preliminary content. Leave the Lobby layout open so that attendees can browse its content while waiting for the meeting to begin. From the Classroom layout, present PowerPoint slides, share your screen, or share a whiteboard. The Analysis layout enables you to collaborate with students, provide files to download and links to browse, and use a whiteboard for instruction. Default Training template and Default Virtual Classroom Template are available in the Shared Training Templates folder, latter being the default template for Virtual Classrooms.

Default Events template

Used for meetings or seminars with a large audience. It contains three layouts: Lobby, Presentation, and Questions And Answers. The Lobby layout is a place to play music, exhibit a self-running presentation, or display other preliminary content. Leave the Lobby layout open so that attendees can browse content while waiting for the meeting to begin. From the Presentation layout you present PowerPoint slides, share your screen, or show a whiteboard. The Questions And Answers layout facilitates an open Q&A session with participants.

Information preserved in a template

A meeting room converted to a template is a duplicate of the original room. Layouts, pods, room information, and most types of content are preserved in the template, including the following:

  • Layouts with name, order, and starting (selected) status
  • Pods with name, size, position, and settings for full-screen toggle
  • Pod content
  • Microphone rights for Participants.
  • Page number in PDF files and position of the seek bar in FLV files
  • Whiteboard overlay contents
  • Poll state (Prepare, Open, Close), questions, answers, and broadcast results
  • Questions and answers, Chat pod link, and status (Open, Answered, All)
  • Text in Notes pod
  • Video settings
  • Room on hold (Yes, No)
  • Value for guest entry
  • Messages displayed to users when a meeting is on hold or ended
  • Room background, screen resolution, and bandwidth
  • Presenter Only area status
  • Contact invitees description
  • All the settings of and changes to the breakout rooms. Also, these settings are carried forward when the template is used to create a meeting.

Certain information is not saved to the template. Audio conference settings, Audio Setup wizard settings, and the content of a Chat pod are not saved to a template.

Apply a template to a new meeting

  1. On the Adobe Connect Central home page, in the Create New menu bar, click Meeting.
  2. On the Enter Meeting Information page, next to Select Template, click the menu and make a selection. (The Shared Templates\Default Meeting Template is the default.)

Convert a meeting room to a template

If you are a host, you can create a meeting room template. To add a meeting room to the Shared Template folder, you must have manager permissions for the folder. By default, you have full control over meetings and templates in your user meeting folder.

  1. From the Meetings tab in Adobe Connect Central, navigate to the meeting room you want to convert.
  2. Select the check box next to the meeting room.
  3. On the navigation bar, click Move.

    Two columns are displayed in Adobe Connect Central. The name of the meeting room is displayed in the left column. In the right column, under the heading Move to This Folder, User Meetings > [your account] is selected by default. If you want to use this folder, go to step 5.

  4. Navigate to and select a template folder, such as the Shared Template folder.
  5. Click Move at the bottom of the column.

    Your meeting room now resides in the template folder that you selected. The template is added to the list in the appropriate folder.

    When you create a meeting with the New Meeting wizard, you can select the template you created from the Select Template menu. You can customize this room just like any other to meet your needs. Once the meeting is created, you cannot apply a new template to it. Instead, create a meeting by using the new template.

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Manage layouts

The Layouts menu and the Layout bar are visible only to hosts. The default layouts are Sharing, Discussion, and Collaboration.

The Manage panel appears from the menu on the right side of the Layouts panel. You can create new, duplicate, delete, or rename the layouts in the Manage panel.

An illustration how to manage layouts
An illustration how to manage layouts

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  1. To create a blank layout to which you manually add pods, or a duplicate of an existing layout, do one of the following:
    • Choose Layouts.

    • Click plus  on the bottom left hand corner of the screen. This allows you to create a new blank layout, or to duplicate an existing layout.

    Create New Layout
    Create New Layout
  2. Create New Layout - This will create a new layout. By default, the layout name will be "New Layout" if not changed.

  3. Duplicate Existing Layout - This will duplicate a layout already in the room.  Just select the desired layout to duplicate from the drop-down menu. The name will be "Duplicate" of "Layout Name" if not changed.

Rename a layout

  1. To rename a layout, choose Manage from the Layouts menu option on the right hand side of your screen.

  2. In the Layout mode, select a layout that you want to rename.

  3. Double-click the layout name and enter a new name.

Delete a layout

  1. To delete a layout, choose Manage from the Layouts menu option on the right hand side of your screen.

  2. In the Layout mode, select the layout that you want to delete. You can choose to select multiple number of layouts at a time.

  3. The Layout mode on the top shows the number of layouts selected. Click Delete () and confirm.


If you delete a layout that is currently in use, default Sharing layout is applied to the meeting.

Reorder layouts

  1. In Layout mode, you can change the order in which layouts are listed in the Layout menu. 

  2. Drag the layout up or down to reorder the layouts.


Drag the layout preview in the Layout bar to change the order of the layouts.

Search Layouts

  1. To search a layout, choose Manage from the Layouts menu option on the right hand side of your screen.

  2. Click the Search icon  at the top of the panel,  and start typing the name of the layout. If the search term matches a layout, the desired layout is  displayed.

  3. Select the layout. Click Delete ()  and confirm.

Lock Layouts


Locking a layout locks the display and prevents deletion or any changes to the layout displayed from any unintentional operation.

  1. From the Layout panel, select the layout you want to lock. 

  2. To lock a layout, choose Lock from the Layouts menu option on the right hand side of your screen.

  3. Deselect the Lock option to Unlock the layout.


The Search and Lock layout options are only available for the web browser (HTML).

Change layouts during a meeting

The Layouts menu and the Layout bar are visible only to hosts. The default layouts are Sharing, Discussion, and Collaboration. Any custom layouts are also listed. The Layout bar also displays thumbnails for the layouts. When a host chooses a different layout, the new layout appears on every attendee’s screen.

  1. To change the layout, do one of the following:
    • Choose Layouts > [Layout Name]

    • Click a layout in the Layout bar.


If the layouts don’t fit in the Layout bar, scroll through them and hover the pointer over the first or the last preview. You can also use the panning options or the mouse wheel to scroll through.

Adjust layouts during a meeting

Prepare Mode allows hosts and presenters to create or modify a meeting room layout while the meeting is taking place, but without the participants seeing the changes until the host makes the changes visible.

  1. Choose Switch to Prepare Mode from the drop-down on the top panel. Alternatively, click the wrench icon  in the lower right-hand corner of the screen.

    A pop-up appears to alert you that Prepare Mode is active.

  2. The Prepare Mode function highlights the live pods in blue and non-live pods in white. 


    Any changes made to the live pods are instantly reflected to the participants.

  3. From the Layouts menu or the Layout bar, choose the layout you want to adjust. Then move, hide, or show pods as needed.

  4. When you finish adjusting the layout, choose End Prepare Mode from the drop-down menu, or click the wrench icon  a second time.

    This will turn off preparation mode and retrun you to the layout in which your meeting is currently operating. If you made changes to existing pods, the change will take effect for other meeting participants.

  5. To activate the new layout, click the Layouts menu and select the new layout. The meeting room will transform for participants.

Choose a background image for the meeting room

You can replace the default gray background with an image.

  1. Choose Meeting > Preferences.
  2. Click upload, then navigate to the desired image. If you haven’t previously added the file to Adobe Connect, click Browse My Computer.

Reset Layouts

Reset layouts to revert to the default layouts. Any modifications to the Sharing, Discussion, and Collaboration layouts are reverted, and custom layouts are deleted.

  1. To reset a layout, choose Reset to Default from the Layouts menu option on the right hand side of your screen.


You cannot reset layouts if a meeting is being recorded.

Specify Layout bar options

Layout bar options let you specify the docking position, and Auto hide settings. From the Layout bar menu, choose one of the following:

Dock to Left

Enable user to dock the Layout Bar to the left edge of the meeting room window.

Dock to Right

Enable user to dock the Layout Bar to the right edge of the meeting room window.

Auto Hide

Enable to Auto Hide the Layout Bar. Click to pull out the Layout Bar.

Layouts Panel Enable/Disable Layouts Panel from the Meeting panel at the top.