Video Stream Layouts for Webex Video Conferencing Devices



You can choose how video streams appear during a meeting by selecting one of the layout options. How the layout appears depends on your device and the number of screens in your setup. Layouts also change when someone shares content in a meeting.

This article describes how each view will appear according to the number of screens in your setup, and whether there is content being shared or not.

The layouts available in a single screen setup are consistent across video conferencing devices, whether registered to the cloud, or on-premises. The same layouts are also available during MS Teams CVI calls, on a single screen.

Here, you can find out how each layout will appear on single screen setups, with and without shared content. This applies to Cisco Webex Boards, and Room and Desk series devices.

Grid View

This layout shows a grid view of up to 5x5 participants. Grid view is the default layout for meetings where no one is sharing content.


If you’re using an SX10 or a DX device, Grid view displays a maximum of 4 participants in a 2x2 grid.

If you're using an SX20, SX80, or any MX series device, Grid view displays a maximum of 9 participants in a 3x3 grid.

Here's an example of the 4x4 Grid view for a Webex Room Kit:



The sort order of the participant thumbnails is based on speaker history. The most recent active speakers are visible.

If someone starts to share content in a meeting, your layout will automatically switch to the Stack view. You can still switch to another layout, which will then show participants and content. If you minimize the content your layout returns to the last view you selected, with the content displayed in a thumbnail.

Stack View

In the Stack view, up to 6 thumbnails of the participants appear above the active speaker. Here's an example of the Stack view for a Webex Room Kit:

The active speaker changes dynamically.


If you're using an SX10 or a DX device, you'll see up to 4 participants in thumbnails.

If someone starts to share content your device will automatically switch to Stack view, which is the default layout for meetings with content. In Stack view, content appears on the main screen with up to 6 participants in thumbnails across the top:



You can still select another layout, which will then show the participants and the content. If you minimize the content your layout returns to the last view you selected, with the content displayed in a thumbnail.

Overlay View

The Overlay view shows a full-screen video of the active speaker with up to 6 participants in thumbnails overlaid across the bottom. The active speaker changes dynamically.


If you're using an SX10 or a DX device, you'll see up to 4 participants in thumbnails.

Here's an example of the Overlay view on a Desk Pro:



If someone starts to share content in a meeting, your layout will automatically switch to the Stack view. You can still switch to another layout, which will then show participants and content. If you minimize the content your layout returns to the last view you selected, with the content displayed in a thumbnail.

Focus View

The Focus view shows a full-screen video of the active speaker. Focus view is the layout used in meetings between two people, where no one is sharing content. Here's an example of the Focus view for a Webex Room Kit:

If someone starts to share content in a meeting, your layout will automatically switch to the Stack view. You can still switch to another layout. If you select Focus view, it will show content only and no participants will appear on the screen.

If you minimize the content your layout returns to the last view you selected, with the content displayed in a thumbnail.

Side-by-Side View

The Side-by-Side view is only available for selection in meetings where someone is sharing content. It shows the content on the left side and participants on the right:



Webex Boards - Activity View

Currently, the Activity view is the only layout available for Webex Boards. Use it to draw, share, and modify content in real time. Up to 6 participant thumbnails appear on top and whiteboard controls appear below, leaving the rest of your screen's visual real-estate available for whiteboarding:

In future releases the other standard layouts listed above will become available on Webex Boards.

Below, you can find out how each layout will appear on Cisco Webex Room series devices in a dual screen setup.

Prominent View

In Prominent view the active speaker appears on the left screen, and the other participants in a grid on the right screen. The active speaker changes dynamically. Prominent view is the default layout for meetings on a dual screen setup, where no one is sharing content.


Prominent view is the only layout available for dual screen devices registered on-premises.

If the device is cloud-registered, up to 9 participants may appear on the right in a 3x3 grid view.

If the device is registered on-premises, up to 16 participants may appear on the right in a 4x4 grid.



Grid View

Grid view on dual screens shows a grid of up to 3x3 participants on both screens during a meeting, depending on your device and configuration.



Focus View

In the Focus view, full-screen video of the two most active speakers is shown - one active speaker on each screen. Active speakers change dynamically.

Dual Screen with Shared Content

When someone shares content in a meeting, dual screen systems display the content on the right screen:



Participants will continue to appear on the left screen in the selected layout, as in a single screen setup.

Cisco Webex Room Panorama and Room 70 Panorama always have one screen reserved for content. The participant video stream layouts available on the other two screens are the same as described for dual screen setups. Any content that is shared is shown on the third screen; if no content is shared, the third screen will be blank.

Panoramic View

In Panoramic mode two of the camera's telelenses are used simultaneously to create a wide camera view. This Panoramic view is shown on the two main screens, and is the only layout available in meetings between two Room Panorama systems.



In any other meeting scenario, Panoramic View is not supported and you can select a layout available for dual screen setups.

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Overlay View

The Overlay view displays a full-screen video of the most active speaker along with thumbnails of participants that are overlaid on the bottom of the active speaker window.

Generic third-party SIP and H.323 video conferencing systems calling in to a Webex meeting can take advantage of the same video stream layouts shared by Cisco Webex Boards, and Room and Desk series devices. You can toggle layouts with DTMF *2.

See the Single Screen tab for information about how each layout will appear on a third-party device.

When sharing content, third-party systems using two screens will display content on the second screen. Participant video will appear on the main screen, as in a single screen setup.

Two screens