This article applies to WBS40.9 and later sites. If you have an earlier Webex version, you can learn about full-screen video layouts here.

If there are more than two participants in a meeting or event, you can switch between three different video views:

  • Active speaker view

  • Active speaker and thumbnail view

  • Grid view

There are advantages to using each of these video layouts. You can change views at any time depending on the number of active speakers and the total number of participants in your meeting or event.

For information about the maximum capacity for meetings and events, see What is the Maximum Number of Participants in a Webex Session or Call?

The Floating view allows you to make the view of the other speaker full-screen. Select at the top right of the screen.


You can change your self-view video preference and focus on the people who are showing video by hiding all the participants who aren't on video.

Grid view allows you to see up to 25 participants at the same time. This video layout is useful when you want to divide your attention among multiple speakers or want to collaborate with a larger group of participants. This feature requires Cisco Webex video platform version 2.0. To find out which version you’re using, see Find Your Cisco Webex Meetings Version Number.

Up to 25 video streams can come from video systems. If there are more than 25 participants in the meeting, on the second and any later pages, the name of the video system shows in the thumbnail instead of a video stream.

The sort order of the thumbnail videos is based on who has the host and presenter roles, who has spoken most recently, who is showing their video, and alphabetical order. The participants who have spoken most recently appear first, followed by participants who are showing their video. You can lock focus on the first six thumbnail videos.

If there are more than 25 participants, you can adjust who you see by selecting the Next Videos and Previous Videos icons.

Floating view gives you control of where to position your other panels—like participants or chat—in relation to the video panel. You can even move them to a second monitor or resize them.

Active speaker view displays a full-screen video of whoever is speaking. This video layout is useful for one-on-one conversations or when you're meeting with only a few others. Active speaker view is the video-only layout that is used in meetings between two people.

Active speaker and thumbnail view displays whoever is speaking in the primary video, while allowing you to see up to five thumbnail videos of other participants. This video layout is useful when you intend to focus on the active speaker but still want to view the videos of other participants. Active speaker and thumbnail view is the default video-only layout.

The sort order of the thumbnail videos is based on who has the host and presenter roles, who has spoken most recently, who is showing their video, and alphabetical order. The participants who have spoken most recently appear first, followed by participants who are showing their video. You can lock focus on the first 6 thumbnail videos.

You can adjust which participants you see in the thumbnail videos by selecting the Next Videos and Previous Videos icons.