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How to Shrink People in Google Meet

The longer you talk, the smaller you become

Written by Jaro Vanderheijden, Front-end Developer

The Dutch columnist and office amazon Japke-d. Bouma wrote a book ‘The 19 Things You Should Never Do With Colleagues’. It contains a list of seven facts about online meetings. #6:I want a Zoom or Teams functionality that makes people smaller the longer they talk.” Well, Japke-d, you ask; we deliver!

When a colleague shared the snippet with the seven facts about online meetings, I thought: “I could probably make that.” So I started bodging… 🤔

Shrinking Video Calls in Google Meet

We mainly use Google Meet in DPG Media, so I decided to focus on that. It didn’t take long to figure out I could check the mic icon for activity and use that to shrink or expand the videos as people talked.

Some tinkering later and voilà: a working, shrinking video call.

It was far from perfect though; it shrunk presentations and the wrong person when someone new joined. I fixed these edge cases, added a toggle button, and deemed it good enough. 😎

Get Your Google Meet Shrinking Code

If you’re interested, you can find the code here: GitHub.

You can use tools like Greasemonkey (Firefox) or Tampermonkey (Chrome) to load the script on your Google Meet pages.

Disclaimer: As I’ve mentioned, it’s a bodge job. It’s far from elegant, and it’ll likely only keep working while someone keeps an eye on it. So use it at your own risk!

That said, feel free to reuse and tinker with it as you see fit.

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