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User Roles

There are 4 levels of User Roles inside of a  Space. By default, when you create a space, you  automatically have all available privileges. You can manage User Roles for participants in your Space from the Settings in your Space, or from your Premium Dashboard. First, let's take a look at the types of  roles, then how you can assign them.

Types of User Roles

Owners

Owners have full control of the space, including the privileges granted to the other roles. When assigning roles, keep in mind that Owners can add or delete other Owners—assign this role with caution.

Moderators

Moderators have all controls in the Space Preferences and Space Access tab, and can also add other Moderators.

Builders

Builders are allowed to modify the maps of the space. (Note that multiple Builders cannot work on the same map at the same time.) If multiple Builders are editing a Space, if one clicks Save, any unsaved edits by other Builders will be lost.

Note: If Global Build is on, any participant, even Visitors, can build in the Space.

Visitors

By default, anyone who enters your Space is a Visitor until you assign them other User Roles. Visitors have no special permissions. You do not need to manually add emails for Visitors under User Roles. You invite people to your Space from the Gather Menu (click the Gather grapes icon in the top right of your Space).

Managing User Roles from Your Space

Click the gear icon in the left side panel. The Settings window opens. With the Space tab active, click User Roles

You can grant roles to others through your Space settings under the User Roles category.

To assign the roles, enter the email address of the participant. If you receive an error that the email is not recognized, the person has not created an account with Gather yet. Ask them to head to https://gather.town/app to sign up. Once they have logged in, you will be able to grant them a role.

Once roles have been assigned, your User Roles will look like this:

Your Space Settings will list all users who are added under different roles with large "Remove" buttons next to each user

Managing Roles from the Premium Dashboard 

You can also head to your Space dashboard to add owners and builders to your space. (View a YouTube tutorial of the dashboard.) 

Screen Sharing

You can share your screen with all of the people you are connected to on Gather if it is enabled in the space that you are in. To do so, click on the screen sharing icon in the Bottom Action Bar at the bottom of your screen.

Click the monitor icon in the Bottom Action Bar to start screen sharing.

Note: You will be prompted every time you wish to screen share in Gather; there is no option to automatically authorize a website for screen sharing.

Sharing in Chrome

Any time you screen share in Chrome, you are given the opportunity to share an Entire Screen (choose from any screens you have), from a Window (choose from any program open on your machine), or from a Chrome Tab (choose from a specific tab in Chrome).

Click the monitor icon in the Bottom Action Bar to begin screen sharing. If you are in Chrome, select the screen, window, or tab to share.

When you have selected the screen, window, or tab you wish to display, click Share

Sharing in Firefox

Any time you screen share in Firefox, you are given the opportunity to share a window or screen. 

The drop-down list will display all options for sharing, which include sharing a window (any open program) as well as your screen (entire monitor). 

When you have selected the window or screen you wish to share, a preview will display. Click Allow to begin sharing that program or window.

Sharing in Safari

Any time you screen share in Safari (the desktop browser, not the mobile browser), you will need to grant Gather access.

Click Allow to screen share for that session. If you accidentally click Don't Allow, refresh the page to be prompted again. You only have the option to share the screen (monitor) that Safari displays on. 

If you accidentally click Never for This Website, or if you want to have Safari automatically authorize Gather, open Safari Preferences

The Preferences window opens. Select Websites in the top panel, then click Screen Sharing. Grant Gather access by clicking the drop-down field and selecting Ask.

Warning: We do not currently support other browsers, so we have not included information for screen sharing outside of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Troubleshooting Screen Shares

If you are having trouble sharing your screen on Gather, start by checking your browser's permissions. If Gather does not have permission within your browser, you may not be able to share, or may only be able to share a blank black screen. If your browser does not have permission within your system, similar issues may occur.

System Permissions

On a Mac, you may need to enable screen sharing or screen recording through your Apple Security & Privacy settings. Open your System Preferences. Click Security & Privacy.

Click Privacy in the top panel, then scroll down in the left menu and click Screen Recording. You may need to click the padlock in the bottom left of the window to make changes. If your browser does not appear in the list, click the plus sign and select your browser from your Applications. 

You will need to quit your browser and reopen it for the changes to save.

Warning: We do not currently support other browsers, so we have not included information for screen sharing outside of Chrome, Firefox, or Safari.

Audio Through Screen Share

You cannot share your computer's audio while screen sharing unless you either use a third-party tool or add a video object. If you'd like to watch media together, we recommend using the embedded video object.

Spotlighting

Spotlighting is a feature used for presentations. When you stand on a Spotlight tile or are manually spotlighted by a moderator, everyone in the room can hear and see you. Read on for more spotlighting details, including best practices and troubleshooting tips.

Warning: This feature is best used for meetings of approximately 100 participants. 

Spotlight tiles allow one or more people to broadcast their audio, video, and/or screen to everyone in the room. This is perfect for meetings so that attendees can focus on the facilitator(s). When you are spotlighted, your video preview and that of your screen (if you are screensharing) will have an orange spotlight label and will be pinned to the top of the video carousel.   

Info: Normally A/V displays based on your proximity to other users or whether you are in a Private Area together. When you are on a Spotlight tile, everyone in the room can see and hear you.

The Spotlighted speaker will have an orange label and be pinned in the video carousel.

Best Practices for 100+ Attendees

If you know you will have well over 100 attendees and want to screenshare, plan to livestream the speaker or use a third-party video calling platform, such as Zoom. 

With the first option, you can then embed that livestream in your Gather Space. To do so, add an interactive object, then paste the URL of the livestream into the Embedded video field. (Read more about embedded videos.)

For the second option, use an External Call Object to open any external link to a video calling platform. Using this object and clicking on the link button will automatically mute your microphone, disable your video, and open the link in a new tab.  

For both options, set the Activation Distance for the interactive object to a high number of tiles (e.g., 25) so that people can open the livestream or link without crowding around the interactive object. 

We recommend that the number of spotlighted users stay under 20 per room. You can have multiple rooms in the same Space with multiple spotlighted users that add up to more than 20, as long as they are not in the same room. For example, you could run multiple panel discussions with panelists, moderators, and audience members asking questions in the same Space, just not all in one giant room.

Troubleshooting Spotlight Issues

If you have a large group (we're talking more than about 100 participants), or are hosting an event and meet your Space capacity, some participants may have issues with their own A/V stream or that of the spotlighted speaker. 

Gather has built-in warnings if the spotlighted speaker has reached their maximum broadcast capacity. The speaker will see a warning message: "Sharing A/V with too many people. Try turning off your video or screen." The speaker can reach more participants by turning off their own video, audio, screenshare, or some combination thereof. 

If the spotlighted speaker reaches the broadcast capacity, guests who cannot connect to the speaker's stream will see a message on the spotlighted speaker's video preview: "Sharing A/V with too many people."

A simple way to improve most meetings is to create smaller Private Areas around the room so that participants can limit with whom they share their A/V while they are connected to the spotlighted speaker. This will not increase the number of participants the spotlighted speaker can reach, but it will improve the overall experience for individuals who will see a decreased strain on their individual machines.

General Spotlighting Details

Think of spotlighting like being a musician at a concert, projected on a big screen. The audience can see and hear you, and you might add video media on some screens. As the musician on stage, you can see everyone, and you can hear the people who are close to the front. If you pull someone on stage, they can be seen and heard by everyone, too. If there's a VIP section, they're in their own private space, but they can see and hear you and talk with people directly around them. If you walk offstage, you're no longer being broadcasted to everyone. 

So, when you're spotlighted:

  • You can see the participants you are broadcasting to (as long as they have their video streaming).
  • You can hear some guests, but only those that are within the standard connection range (within 5 tiles). 
  • If a moderator manually spotlights another guest, or if you have multiple Spotlight tiles, the additional person's A/V and screen can be seen and heard, as well as yours. 
  • Everybody in the room can see and hear you and see your screen, as long as you choose to share these. Even if they're in a Private Area, your A/V will display.
  • If you walk off the Spotlight tile(s), you will no longer be seen and heard by everyone in the room.
  • Participants can click on the spotlighted person's screen share or video screen to enlarge the view. Collapsing the expanded Chat or Participant panel will further enlarge the view. 

Impromptu Spotlighting

Typically the Spotlight feature is set through a tile and placed in a specific spot on the map. (Read our article about Spotlight Tiles for how to add them in your Space.) However, you can randomly spotlight other guests in the Space if you have the moderator role in the Space. A moderator can spotlight someone by opening the Participants panel from the Left Nav Menu, right clicking on the person's name, and clicking Spotlight

Manual spotlighting using moderator controls within your Gather Space

Warning: You must be a moderator to spotlight another user.  

If a moderator has spotlighted you, you can click on your name in the Participants panel and select Unspotlight

Dancing!

You can make your avatar dance by pressing "Z" on your keyboard. A heart displays above your avatar's head when you are dancing.

You will get a heart over your head when you hold the Z key to dance!

Ghost Mode

Are you blocked in by other people or do you want to enter a Private Area where all the seats are taken? Press and hold the "g" key to enter Ghost Mode. This allows you to pass through tiles that are occupied by other people. Consequently, this means you can use Ghost Mode to have multiple people stack up on the same tile.

Warning: While in Ghost Mode, you will be disconnected from everyone and will be unable to make new audio or video connections until you exit Ghost Mode. 

iCal Calendar Integration

Gather offers Calendar integration so that you can share and view events for all participants in the Space. This article will cover how to add a public calendar, how to add a new event to a public calendar—including how to create a custom location link for the event, and how to view existing events.

Warning: Only Owners and Moderators can add a Space-wide calendar to the Space. Also, only one calendar can be integrated into a Gather Space.

Add Space-Wide Calendar

From your Space, click Calendar in the Left Nav Menu to open the Events panel. 

If you have not yet added a calendar, you will see the message, "No calendar connected" and "Connect a space-wide calendar in Settings > Preferences."

A view of a Gather office Space. The Calendar icon is outlined in red in the Left Nav Menu, and the Events panel is open. A message displays that no calendar is connected. Click the Calendar in the Left Nav Menu to open the Events panel. If you have not yet added a calendar to your Space, you will see a prompt to do so in Settings > Space Preferences.

Click Settings in the Left Nav Menu. The Settings window opens, with the Space tab and Space Preferences option active. A field displays for you to paste your public iCalendar (iCal) link into. (A public iCal link allows your calendar to display in other computer programs, like Gather.)  

A view of the pop-up Settings window displays over the Space. In the background, in the Left Nav Menu, the Settings cog icon is outlined in red. On the active Settings window, the Space tab is active, and Space Preferences is outlined in red. The first field for Space Preferences is Calendar, which is outlined in red.To add a calendar, click Settings in the Left Nav Menu. The Settings window opens, with the Space tab and Space Preferences active. Paste your calendar's public sharing link into the Calendar field and click Save.

Finding Your iCal Link

You will need to copy your calendar's public iCal link in Space Preferences and click Save. You will need to refresh your Gather Space to view the calendar once you've added it in Space Preferences.

Note: Make sure you generate a link to your public calendar so that Gather can display it.

If you're not sure how to find your iCal link, here are a few external resources we found. Basically, any calendar that can generate a public iCal link can be used. 

Manage Calendar

When a public calendar is added to a Space, it is visible to all guests in the Space. Users in your Space have the ability to create new events when they meet two criteria: (a) they have the Owner, Moderator, or Builder user role, which gives access to event creation in Gather, and (b) they have edit access in the calendar's native application (e.g., in Google Calendar or Outlook). Otherwise, guests can only view events in the Space, but keep in mind they can view all events, not just the ones to which they are invited.

Add New Event

In the Left Nav Menu, click Calendar. The Events panel displays. Click Create new event. The Create new calendar event window opens. Click the Select location drop-down. Any previously created custom Spawn locations will display in the list.

A view of the Space displays. The screenshot Is a hallway in the large conference template. The Events panel is expanded, and the Create new calendar event pop-up displays to the right of the Events panel. The. Select location drop-down field is outlined in red, and the field has “Keynote (in Conference deluxe” selected and outlined in red. In the Create new calendar event pop-up, click the Select location drop-down to view a list of available custom Spawn locations. Click either Create in Google Calendar or Copy location link to access a link to the custom Spawn location.

Select the location of the event and click Create in Google Calendar. Google Calendar will open, and you will be able to add event details like date and time. The Location field for the event is populated in Google with the link for your custom Spawn location. 

Note: If you just want to grab the link for the custom Spawn location, click Copy location link. You can then share the link however you wish. You can also copy the link from your Google Calendar event.

Create Custom Spawn Location

To create a new location specific to your meeting, open the Calendar. Click Create new event. The Create new calendar event window opens. Click the Select location drop-down. Click Create a new location. The Create a location pop-up displays, where you can click Open Mapmaker

To add a custom location for an event, select Create a location, then click Open in Mapmaker.

Using the Mapmaker, add Spawn tiles with custom Spawn Tile IDs. Once you're done adding your custom Spawn tiles, return to your Space. Click Back in the Create a location pop-up. The new custom location displays in the drop-down list.

Note: Need a brush-up on Spawn tiles? Read our Spawn tiles article.

When the scheduled event takes place, participants in your Space can open the calendar to see the event and easily navigate to the meeting location. They have two options: Locate, which shows them a line to follow to manually navigate to the meeting location, or Teleport, which takes them directly to the custom Spawn location. 

View Events

To view the day's events, click Calendar in the Left Nav Menu. The Events panel expands, with a list of events for the current day. The event list shows the event name, the time, and the location. Events in the past are semi-transparent. 

Note: Only publicly listed events from the current day on a public calendar will be displayed. 

When you click on an event, a pop-up displays with event info. (The amount of info that displays depends on the amount of info entered during event creation.) You may see the full event title; the day, date, and time; the custom Spawn location name, with the room name in parentheses; a list of attendees who have said Yes to the event; and the Locate and Teleport buttons. 

A view of an office Space. The Calendar is active in the Left Nav Menu, with the Events panel expanded. The Product Office Hours event is selected, and a pop-up displays with the day, date, and time of the meeting, the name of the meeting's location, the list of attendees, and the Locate and Teleport buttons.You can view the day's Events and click Teleport to go directly to the meeting location if one has been set for the event. 

Click Locate to follow a line that leads you to the meeting space. Click Teleport to appear directly in the meeting location. 

Notes on Calendar Integration

  • If you have not yet connected a calendar (and you have Build permissions in the Space), you can still create new events. If you have a Google Calendar, you can still create an event in the Google Calendar. It just won't show up in the Space's calendar. 

Space v. Personal Calendar

In the iCal Integration article, we cover how to add a calendar to your Space that displays for all participants. A new feature that's in beta for remote work Spaces is the personal calendar. You now have the ability to integrate your personal Google calendar in addition to, or in place of, a Space-wide calendar. 

Personal Calendar

Currently, you are only able to add a personal calendar in remote work Spaces. This feature is in beta. You can add your personal calendar through OAuth integration. In the Left Nav Menu, click the Calendar, then click Sign in with Google

Note: You do not need to change your Google calendar settings to "public" to add to your Space.

A screenshot of the Fancy Office template with the Calendar panel open. The Calendar panel shows an avatar with a question mark above her head and the text "No calendar connected" with the description "Link your Google Calendar to view your upcoming events." There is a a SIgn in with Google button outlined in a red rectangle. The button beneath it says Create new event.In a remote work Space, you can add your personal calendar using Google OAuth integration. 

Personal Events

Events from your personal calendar are only visible to you.

At this time, you can only create events for your personal calendar if you are an Owner, Moderator, or Builder in the Space. You can only access Custom Spawn Tile location links if you are an Owner, Moderator, or Builder in the Space. When you create new calendar events, you will be taken to Google to complete the calendar event creation process.

Makes sure you select the correct calendar to add your new calendar event to! Whether it's your personal calendar or the publicly linked Space calendar. 

Space Calendar

You can add a Space-wide calendar if you have the Owner or Moderator user role. The Space calendar is integrated though an iCal link. For complete details on adding a Space calendar, please read the iCal integration article. You can add new calendar events with Custom Spawn Tile location links if you (a) have the Owner, Moderator, or Builder user role, and (b) have permission in the calendar application you are using  to add events. 

Note: Your Space calendar must be set as "public" to be added to your Space.

Access Spawn Location Link

Once you've added custom Spawn tiles, you can grab the link to the custom location you've made. 

Note: At this time, you can only access the custom Spawn location link through the Calendar feature.

Close the Mapmaker and return to your Space. In the Left Nav Menu, click Calendar. The Events panel displays. Click Create new event. The Create new calendar event window opens. 

A view of the Space displays. The screenshot Is a hallway in the large conference template. The Calendar icon in the Left Nav Menu is outlined in red, and the Events panel is expanded. At the bottom of the Events panel, the Create new event button is outlined in red. To the right of the panel, the Create new calendar event pop-up displays. The. Select location drop-down field is outlined in red. To find your custom Spawn location link, from your Space, click Calendar in the Left Nav Menu. In the Events panel, click Create new event

Click the Select location drop-down. The name you entered for the Spawn Tile ID (e.g., "keynote") displays, with the room name in parentheses. 

A view of the Space displays. The screenshot Is a hallway in the large conference template. The Events panel is expanded, and the Create new calendar event pop-up displays to the right of the Events panel. The. Select location drop-down field is outlined in red, and the field has “Keynote (in Conference deluxe” selected and outlined in red. In the Create new calendar event pop-up, click the Select location drop-down to view a list of available custom Spawn locations. The custom Spawn location you created will display. Click either Create in Google Calendar or Copy location link to access a link to the custom Spawn location.

Click Create in Google Calendar to open your Google Calendar and add event details like date and time. The Location field for the event is populated in Google with the link for your custom Spawn location. 

Note: If you just want to grab the link for the custom Spawn location, click Copy location link. You can then share the link however you wish.

When the scheduled event takes place, participants in your Space can open the calendar to see the event and easily navigate to the meeting location. They have two options: Locate, which shows them a line to follow to manually navigate to the meeting location, or Teleport, which takes them directly to the custom Spawn location. 

A view of the Space displays. The screenshot Is off small conference rooms in a large office. The Events panel is expanded, and the “Product Office Hours” event is active. The Product Office hours pop-up displays next to the panel, listing the date and time of the event, the location name, and a list of four attendees. Locate and Teleport buttons display, and the Teleport button is outlined in red. Events in Gather that use a custom Spawn location will show a Locate and Teleport option. Click Teleport to spawn into the meeting space.

Note: Read our article on iCal integration for info on connecting your calendar to Gather.

Build Mode

Build Mode is a great way to live edit your Gather Space while directly inside of your space. Enter Build Mode by clicking the Hammer Image on the left menu. You can then open the object picker to select objects you want to place in your space. 

Select Build Mode by clicking the Hammer icon.

You can choose from a variety of objects in our Object Picker.

A screenshot of the Object Picker. On the left, there are categories of objects. In the middle, there are tiles to pick Objects out of. On the right, there is a panel with Object Details.  

Once you've selected the item, you  will see a preview object appear in your map. You can then either double-click or press the space bar on your keyboard to finalize and place the object in your space. 

A gif showing a user named "Hammer Time" clicking the Hammer to open Build Mode,  selecting a book from the object picker, and placing it on the desk using the mouse and double-click.

To close the panel and exit Build Mode,  click the arrow on the upper right corner of the Build Panel.

You can collapse and close the Build Panel by clicking the arrow in the upper right. 

Global Build

You can allow all visitors to your space to collaboratively place and remove objects. To do so, open your Space's settings and toggle the "Global Build" setting.  This will enable Build Mode for all visitors in your space rather than only specified Builders.

Note: When Global Build is toggled on, anyone in your space to create or erase objects. If you prefer to limit who can and can't build, you change the User Roles in Space Settings. 


Global Build Toggle in User Roles

Erase Mode

Erase Mode is similar to Build Mode, except to remove existing objects on a map while you are inside of your Space. To access Erase mode, open Build Mode and then click the word "Erase" in the top of the panel.

Using Erase Mode,  you can delete objects that are located under the red box directly in front of your character. If there are more than 2 objects on top of each other, a special menu will open to help you easily scroll between the objects in a stack to select the one you want to erase.

An animation showing Erase Mode in Action

Note: This menu will only appear if there are 2 or more objects on the square you are trying to erase.

To use the semi-secret individual object selection feature, simply press x when the object you would like to erase is highlighted!

Hotkeys and Shortcuts

Hotkeys and Shortcuts in Your Space

When you are in a Space, you can use keyboard shortcuts to access to several features within Gather.

  • (Ctrl/⌘ P)  - User/video preferences.
  • (Ctrl/⌘ U)  - Turn on/off quiet mode.
  • (g)  - Enter ghost mode and walk through other participants.
  • (e) - Teleport to the nearest open area when you are trapped (only available if you are trapped).
  • (x) - Interact with an object or select a subset of objects in Erase Mode.
  • (z)  - Make your avatar dance.

An avatar dancing outside next to three trees. The avatar has short brown hair with one arm up and one arm down and a heart over his head to indicate dancing.You can dance in your Space by pressing and holding (or tapping) "z" on your keyboard.

Emotes

While you are in a Space, you can press the keys 1-6 to emote! All emotes will show above your avatar for 3 seconds before fading, except for #6 (raised hand), which will stay raised until you press #6 again or click the clear button in the emote bar.

  • (1) - Wave
  • (2) - Heart
  • (3) - Party popper
  • (4) - Thumbs up
  • (5) - Question mark
  • (6) - Raised hand

An avatar with brown hair stands outside beside three trees. The smiley face icon on the command bar in the bottom middle of the screen is outlined in red. A preview of the six available emotes display, also outlined in red. You can use #1-6 keys to show emotes in a Space, or you can click the smiley face in the control bar to select an emote.

Hotkeys in Mapmaker:

  • (V) - Activate Select Mode to select specific objects or tiles.A view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Select icon is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Select V" In the Mapmaker, press "V" on your keyboard to activate Select Mode.
  • (B) - Activate Stamp Mode to place single or multiple objects, tiles, walls, or floors on the map.An view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Stamp icon is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Stamp B" In the Mapmaker, press "B" on your keyboard to activate Stamp Mode.
  • (E) - Activate Eraser Mode to remove single or multiple objects, tiles, walls, or floors.An view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Eraser icon is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Eraser E" In the Mapmaker, press "E" on your keyboard to activate Eraser Mode. 
  • (H) - Activate the Hand tool to click and drag to navigate around the map.An view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Hand icon is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Hand H" In the Mapmaker, press "H" on your keyboard to activate the Hand tool.
  • (Ctrl/⌘ Scroll up) - Zoom in on the map. An view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Zoom In icon is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Zoom in Ctrl/⌘ + scroll up"In the Mapmaker, press "Ctrl/⌘" on your keyboard while scrolling up with your mouse to zoom in.
  • (Ctrl/⌘ Scroll Out) - Zoom out on the map.An view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Zoom Out icon is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Zoom out Ctrl/⌘ + scroll out" In the Mapmaker, press "Ctrl/⌘" on your keyboard while scrolling down with your mouse to zoom out.
  • (Ctrl/⌘ Z) - Undo the last action.An view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Undo icon is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Undo Ctrl/Cmd + Z"  In the Mapmaker, press "Ctrl/⌘ + Z" on your keyboard to undo.
  • (Ctrl/⌘+Shift+z) - Redo what you undid.An view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Redo icon is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Redo Ctrl/Cmd + Shift + Z" In the Mapmaker, press "Ctrl/⌘ + Shift + Z" on your keyboard to redo to what you undid.
  • (1) Object Mode - Activate Object mode to select and manage objects. An view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Objects icon, which is a couch, is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Objects mode 1" In the Mapmaker, press "1" on your keyboard to activate Objects Mode.
  • (2) Tile Mode - Activate Tile mode to select and manage tiles.An view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Tile Effects icon, which is a magic wand, is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Tile effects mode 2" In the Mapmaker, press "1" on your keyboard to activate Tile Effects Mode.
  • (Ctrl/⌘+S) - Save changes.An view of an outdoor space in the Mapmaker displays. A light-grey grid overlays the space to indicate Mapmaker mode. The Save icon is outlined in red, as well as a hover title that reads "Save" In the Mapmaker, press "Ctrl/⌘ + S" on your keyboard to save.
  • (Backspace) - Delete the currently selected object from the Object list on the upper right.

Quiet Mode

If you wish to reduce the number of video call connections your device makes, you can turn on Quiet Mode by pressing Ctrl + U (Windows) or + U (Mac) or by selecting it from your user menu. 

You can turn on  Quiet Mode from your user menu, found by clicking on your name on the bottom, center control bar. 

When you're in Quiet Mode, you  will only be able to connect with and video chat with those who are immediately adjacent to you (diagonals included). People outside of this range will appear faded to you. Additionally, your status indicator will turn red in your control bar, next to your name in the Participant's List, and next to your avatar inside of your video window that others see. 

A screenshot from gather.town. There are two users, standing one tile apart; one user has Quiet Mode off, and their video call is connected.A screenshot from gather.town. There are the same two users, standing one tile apart; the user on the left has Quiet Mode on, and is not connected to the user on the right.

Notes on Quiet Mode

  • Quiet mode is overridden by private areas - that is, you will still be connected to everyone in a private space, regardless of distance. 
  • Some users use Quiet Mode to indicate when they are busy, or away from the keyboard.

Click Interactions

You can use your mouse to move around in Gather! Double-click on a tile to walk to it. Clicking to move will automatically try and avoid private spaces.

An animated gif of a person double-clicking the canvas to move. 

You can also right click (or two-finger click) on another participant to open a context menu. This menu lets you follow someone, send them a message, or start a bubble. Messages will appear as private messages in the chat panel.

An animated gif of a person right-clicking a participant and selecting "start bubble". The person walks towards the participant automatically and a brightly colored orange bubble appears under their feet to indicate they are in a separate conversation. 

A static image of the context menu. Options, in order, are "Move Here" "Start Bubble" "Follow" "Send chat..."

Note*: On Mobile, you can long-press to open and use the Context Menu, but the "send chat" function is not supported.*

Space Notifications

Space Notifications

Want to know when someone shows up in a particular Space? You can now subscribe to push notifications that tell you when a Space becomes active (aka when the participants list changes from zero to at least 1).


Notifications (Beta)

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To get these notifications you will need to:

  1. Ask the Space's owner to turn on Beta Features
  2. Opt-in using the "Notify Me" button or by clicking on the "Notifications" symbol on the left-side panel
  3. Double check that your browser settings allow https://gather.town/ to send you notifications
  4. Make sure that your computer is not auto-muting notifications (Looking at you, Windows Focus Assist!)

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Note

You will not receive additional notifications for additional participants. The only time you will get a notification is when your Space's online participants changes from zero to 1.

On a Windows machine, you will see the notification in the lower right corner of your screen.


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On Mac OS, The notification will appear in the upper right corner of your screen.

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Using Original Audio for Musical and Theater Performances

If you have microphones or other audio equipment attached to your computer for musical performance and recording, Gather's speech features—which are tuned for voice clarity—may make your recordings or performance sound odd. Turning on Original Audio in your user settings will turn off Gather's audio processing, which includes:

  • Echo reduction
  • Automatic gain control
  • Noise filtering

Turn on Original Audio

Click the Settings icon in the Left Nav Menu in your Space. Select the User tab. Scroll through the options to find Use Original Audio. By default, this feature is toggled off. Click the toggle button to turn on original audio.

A screenshot of a game space with the User/Space Settings window open. The Settings icon is outlined in red, with a line pointing to the settings window. The option to toggle on Use Original Audio is outlined in red with an arrow pointing to the toggle. Open the User Settings and toggle on Use Original Audio.

Manage Chat Notification Sounds

For those of you who hang out in Spaces with others who love to chat, you now have the option of turning off the chat notification sound. First open the Chat panel from the Left Nav Menu, then click on the Settings icon in the Chat panel. You can then toggle the Notifications on or off.

Remember that you normally only hear the notification sound if your Gather screen is out of focus (that is, if you're in another browser tab).
A gif of opening the Chat panel from the Left Nav Menu in a Space. The Chat panel expands. The Settings icon at the top of the Chat panel is clicked, and the Manage Chat window opens, with the option to toggle Notifications on or off.From the Chat panel, click the Settings icon, then toggle the Notifications on or off as desired.

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