Moving Around

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You can easily move through Gather on a keyboard using the arrow keys or the WASD keys. You can also navigate using your mouse by double clicking on a spot on the Map to walk to it. 

Beyond manually moving, we've built in a few options to help you automatically walk to different locations or people. 

"Take Me There" Button for Meetings

Once you’ve connected your Google or Outlook calendar, the Calendar Panel will display upcoming events. You’ll receive event reminders in Gather 5 minutes before the start time of a meeting. Click the Take me there button to automatically walk over.


Walk to Desk Shortcut

Your personal desk is your home base in Gather, where others will learn to look for you to know if you're busy or available. To easily return to it after meetings:

  1. Open the Personal Menu from the bottom navigation bar.
  2. Click Walk to My Desk

You can also use the keyboard shortcut: ⌘ + d for Mac or Ctrl + d for Windows and Linux. 


Find Others

To find someone on the Map, you can view the Participants Panel, select a person's name, then choose Locate on Map or Follow. Locate on Map will display a dynamic line that will lead you to wherever the person is. Follow will automatically move you in the Space to the person and will attach you to them so they can lead you through the Space. 

You can also right click (or two-finger click) on anyone in the Space to open a context menu for that person. This menu lets you move to them, follow them, request to lead them, send them a message, or start a bubble. Messages will appear as private messages in the chat panel.

A gif of ways to move in Gather. Riley starts out at the bottom left of the Map, and then the mouse cursor clicks on a spot ahead of him. He automatically walks to that spot. The mouse clicks again, and Riley moves. Then in the Participants panel, the name Sam is selected. A menu opens, and Locate on Map is selected. A black line appears in front of Riley, which he follows to get close to Sam. Then the mouse right clicks on Frank and selects Follow in the menu. Riley moves directly to Frank.

You can double click on the Map to automatically move to a location. You can also find someone in the Participants panel, then select their name to Locate on Map or Follow. Right clicking on a character also allows you to move to them, follow them, request to lead them, start a bubble with them, or send them a message.

Interactive Objects

If you walk up to an object and see it glow yellow, the object is interactive. A message displays next to the interactive object that reads "Press x to interact." (It may display more specific text, depending on the type of object and whether the object has a custom prompt message.) Just press the "x" key to engage with the object. 

A view of Riley in front of a guitar next to a group of couches. The guitar is outlined in yellow, and the message "Press x to interact" displays above the guitar.

You can close the interactive object by pressing the "x" key again or clicking the "x" at the top right of the window or iframe. 

Leave the Gather Tab

By default, Auto Idle Muting is turned on in your User Settings. This means that when you click on a program or browser tab outside of Gather, your audio will automatically mute, and your video will automatically turn off. They will turn on again when you return to the Gather tab. 

A view of the auto idle mute message that displays when you have auto idle mute turned on. The message reads: "You were auto muted while away" and "Gather will automatically turn off video and mute your audio when you're tabbed away." A Got it button displays to accept this message.

If you'd like to leave your audio and video on while you're in other tabs or programs, go to Settings (cog icon in the Left Nav Menu or keyboard shortcut Ctrl/⌘+P), and in the Audio & Video section, toggle off Auto Idle Mute.

A view of the Settings modal with the User tab active. In the Audio & Video section, Auto Idle Muting displays and is currently toggled on.  

Leave the Space

When you're done using Gather, all you need to do is shut your browser tab. If you have created an account and signed in, you can sign out by clicking the Gather menu, then selecting Sign Out.

A view of the fancy office template. The name in the Bottom Bar (Riley) is outlined in red, with a red arrow pointing above to Sign Out in the menu, which is outlined in red as well.

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