Tips for Attending Teams Meetings

After joining an online meeting in Microsoft Teams, familiarize yourself with the Teams controls.

Microsoft Teams meeting controls

Other meeting tips

  • Be sure you know where the Mute icon is because you might be using this feature the most. If you are not speaking, you should have your microphone muted. Click or tap the Mute icon to unmute before speaking.
  • If you start speaking and you have the Mute icon enabled, Teams will prompt you with "Your microphone is muted."
  • If you are using the Teams desktop software or mobile apps, you can activate real-time closed captioning in case of a sudden audio loss. Click or tap to the "More Actions" three-dot icon. A menu appears.  Select "Turn on live captions." Once activated, the closed captioning will only appear for you.
  • Have something to say? Let the instructor or meeting organizer know by clicking or tapping the Raise hand icon. Alerts for raised hands appear at bottom of the Teams screen and in the participant list (when shown as a right column).
  • To reveal the chat column, click or tap the Meeting conversation icon. View replies and enter text in the chat column on the right. Note that this is group chat for all to see — not one-on-one chat.
  • To exit the meeting, click or tap the Leave Meeting icon.


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