Video layout comparison
In version 41.4 and later of Cisco Webex Meetings, the Beta release of Cisco Webex Events (New), and Cisco Webex Events (Classic), you have several ways that you can set and customize your video layout. Your video layout options depend on the device you use to connect to the meeting or event, how many people attend, and whether or not anyone shares content. There are advantages to using each of the available video layout options and you can customize your layout at any time.

These video layout options don't apply to Webcast mode in Webex Events (New).

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

Video Layout Settings

There are ways you can customize your layout that can help you better keep track of what's going on in your meeting or event. Want to make sure you know everyone's name? Set them to always appear. Want to see only those who share their video? Hide anyone who doesn't share their video.

To learn more about the ways you can adjust some of your layout settings, see the following articles:

Switch Your Video Layout View

There are different video layout views that you can use to focus on the content that's important to you. The device you used to join the meeting determines which of the views you can choose.

When you use the Webex Meetings desktop or web app, you can choose from the following views:

  • Grid view—Useful when you want to divide your attention across a lot of speakers in a large meeting.

  • Stack view—Useful when you want to see other participants appear above the active speaker or shared content.

  • Side by side view—Useful when you want to see participants appear next to the active speaker or shared content.

  • Full-screen view—Useful when you want to float panels and scale them freely, or drag them to another monitor.

To learn how to set the view that you want, see Switch Your View Cisco Webex Meetings and Cisco Webex Events.

When you use the iOS or Android app, you can choose from the following views:

  • Grid view—Useful when you want to divide your attention across a lot of speakers in a large meeting.

  • Equal view—Useful for one-on-one conversations or small meetings with only a few others.

  • Stack view—Useful when you want to focus on the active speaker or shared content but also want to see other participants.

  • Focus view—Useful for when you want to see the active speaker or shared content full-screen.


Stack view is only available for iPad and Android tablets.

To learn how to set the view that you want, see Switch Your View in Webex Meetings and Webex Events from a Mobile Device.

Adjust Grid View

Grid view gives you the ability to set how many participants that appear on-screen at any given time. You can show as many as 25 participants on a page or even just one. You can view more participants by changing which page you're viewing.

To learn more, see Adjust How Many Participants Appear in Grid View in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.

Stage Views

Stage view overview

The stage is a customizable area that allows you to focus on the content in a meeting or event that matters to you. By default, the stage shows the active speaker or shared content. Up to six other participants appear outside in the filmstrip. The stage is available when you select Stack view or Side by side view from the Layout Layout icon menu in the desktop or web app.

Customize the Stage

You can further customize your stage to suit your needs. For more information on how you can customize your stage, see the following articles:

Sync Your Stage

If you're a host or cohost of a meeting or event, you can control what appears on the stage for all participants by syncing it. Syncing your stage makes sure that everyone who sees the stage has the same content. Any changes you make to your stage update in real-time.

To learn more, see Sync Your Stage with Everyone in Webex Meetings and Webex Events.

Known Issues and Limitations

  • Your synced stage doesn't appear for participants who join a meeting or event using an iPhone or Android phone.

    Video devices don’t support the ability to customize what's on stage. They continue to follow their own layouts as defined today.

  • Recordings follow the layout defined by the host in the recording preferences.

  • Livestreaming follows the streaming layout options defined by the host.

  • The web app supports up to six videos in grid view (maximum 180p resolution).