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Microsoft Teams - Teams Meeting Controls

This article contains information on using the controls while participating in a Microsoft Teams Meeting. Teams Meetings are online meetings complete with audio, video, text chat, application and screen sharing, and more.

Related KBs:
Microsoft Teams - User Guide
Microsoft Teams - Sharing Your Screen in a Teams Meeting
Microsoft Teams - Joining a Teams Meeting With the Teams Desktop Application
Microsoft Teams - Joining a Teams Meeting on the Web
Microsoft Teams - Scheduling a Teams Meeting

This document describes the controls and features that can be used while participating in a Microsoft Teams meeting. The new Teams Meeting experience update changed the location of the meeting controls panel to the top-right of the meeting window. The meeting controls panel in older versions of Teams is found within the bottom portion of the meeting video window.

Please NOTE: Some advanced features are not available or have limited functionality when joining a Teams meeting on the web. When able, use the Teams desktop application for the most fully featured experience.

Image of the meeting controls panel. The panel buttons are numbered 1 through 8 in the order they appear from left to right.

Meeting Controls Panel Elements

  1. Show Participants Button: Click the show participants button to open the People panel in the right side of the meeting window and view a list of meeting attendees. If you are the meeting Organizer or a Presenter, you may admit any guests waiting in the meeting lobby by clicking the check mark next to their name.
  2. Show Conversation Button: Click the show conversation button to open the Meeting chat panel in the right side of the meeting window and chat with meeting participants.
  3. Raise Your Hand Button: Click the raise your hand button to alert the presenters that you have something to contribute without interrupting the ongoing conversation. Other participants will be able to see an icon next to your name that indicates you have your hand raised. This icon shows up in both the video window and the People panel. Additionally, there are other emoticons to choose from apart from raising your hand such as a laughing emoticon and a celebration emoticon.
  4. Breakout Rooms Button: Click the breakout rooms button to send your participants in the meeting to new, separated rooms. This function is great for classroom applications, group work, conferences, and more. When you click the button, you'll be prompted to select who would be in each room or you can select for Teams to do it randomly for you.
  5. More Actions Button: Click the more actions button to open a menu of additional Teams actions and features. Among the options listed in this menu are options for accessing device settings, entering full screen mode, and starting or stopping a meeting recording.
  6. Camera Button: Click the camera button to turn your camera on or off. If your camera is currently off, the camera icon will have a slash through it.
  7. Microphone Button: Click the microphone button to mute or unmute your microphone. If your microphone is muted, the microphone icon will have a slash through it.
  8. Share Button: Click the share button to open a panel with options for sharing your entire screen, a specific window, PowerPoint files, or Microsoft Whiteboard. Check the Include system audio box if you want to share audio from an application, then click on an item to share it with meeting participants. While you are sharing, you can click on the share button again to stop sharing. Learn more about sharing at Microsoft Teams - Sharing Your Screen in a Teams Meeting.
  9. Leave Button: Click the leave button to leave the meeting. Other participants will be able to continue without you. If you would like to end the meeting for all participants, click on More Actions > End Meeting.

Keywords:team meetings webconference webconferencing conference conferencing video chat screen share desktop sharing audio devices video device microphone camera mute unmute videoconference videoconferencing record recording lobby admit   Doc ID:100667
Owner:Caden W.Group:UW Green Bay
Created:2020-04-16 09:18 CDTUpdated:2021-04-19 11:13 CDT
Sites:UW Green Bay
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