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Joining a hangout is fairly simple, but there are just a couple of caveats worth noting. Here are some screenshots to help you through the process, visually.

The Agreement

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Before the "join" button is available for you to click, you need to read the Google agreement (or at least indicate that you have done so 🙂 ). At the bottom of the agreement is a checkbox that you need to check to indicate that you have read it.

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After you check the box, the "join" button will appear clickable for you.

Depending on your device (i.e. computer, laptop, smart phone, tablet, etc.), it may be difficult to see the checkbox. It helps that you know that it exists and scroll down until you see it.

In some cases (especially laptops that have been zoomed in (i.e. 200%), it may be difficult to get it to show up on the screen. In those cases, you need to zoom out so that you can get to the checkbox.

Sidebar: In one case, with my Macbook Air, I couldn't get to what I needed and I actually had to use "Air Display" (part of the Mac OS) to send my monitor feed (display) to the wi-fi enabled TV so that I could get to the button. Fortunately, that is not the case with the Google Hangout. I only share that to let you know that if you are having trouble, you are not alone and likely there is a creative solution. 🙂

Joining the Hangout

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After you have clicked past the agreement, you will have the final join screen. This screen allows you to see who the host is (at the top). In this case, this image shows the host as SocialWebCafe. Your profile pic will show at the bottom, in a smaller image (allowing you to notice if you have accidentally logged in as a page or someone else has logged in on your computer).

There is a notation of whether you are connected, as far as Google circle. I have set it up so that you could see that "we" (me and myself lol) are not connected. This actually doesn't matter. It is ideal (so that you can properly communicate on Google Plus), but it is not essential. It is more of a suggestion than a requirement.

At this point, you are all set to hit "join."

P.S. It isn't shown in the image, but if you want to join in a muted state or even with your camera off, you can actually do that by click on the buttons at the top of the screen before hitting join.

Welcome 2015 (and the HangoutQueen blog!)

Welcome 2015 (and the HangoutQueen blog!)

Welcome, everyone, to 2015! I know, it has been 2015 for a couple of weeks now, eh? So, we are going to try this again, with a special New Year's resolution for the HangoutQueen.com blog.

"What is that?" you ask?

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What To Do With Those Comments on a Google Hangout Event Page

What To Do With Those Comments on a Google Hangout Event Page

Your quick tip today is about those comments on the Google Hangout Event Page.

There are different ways to handle comments. First, let's identify three of the places where you may find, or allow, comments.

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Inviting Your Friends and Neighbors to Your Hangout!

Inviting Your Friends and Neighbors to Your Hangout!

Your quick tip today has to do with inviting your audience, your friends, your neighbors, to your hangout.

Now, this tip has to do with the actual invitation at the point that you are starting the hangout, but keep in mind that you are not limited to *only* this time to invite people.
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How To Understand the Google Hangout Event Page Better Than Its Designer!

How To Understand the Google Hangout Event Page Better Than Its Designer!

Now that you have learned how to start a hangout, you are ready to go through the steps, again, and take a deeper look at the Hangout Event Page.

At first glance, the event page for a Google Hangout can appear confusing. But, it doesn’t need to be, if you break down the event page into sections.

The easiest portion of the page is the part that is similar to the rest of Google Plus, and that is the comment section where you can add comments and answer questions from your attendees. It is located in the lower left and you can comment before the event, during the event and even after the event.

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How to Start a Public Google Hangout the Correct Way

How to Start a Public Google Hangout the Correct Way

Your quick tip today is a step-by-step checklist to start your Google Hangout. Ready? Ok, here is your list:

  1. To start the hangout: https://plus.google.com/hangouts.
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