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Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams for personal and small business use

Many users find that using an external keyboard with keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams for personal and small business use on Windows 11 helps them work more efficiently. For users with mobility or vision disabilities, keyboard shortcuts can be easier than using the touchscreen and are an essential alternative to using a mouse.

Notes: 

  • The shortcuts in this topic refer to the US keyboard layout. Keys for other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a US keyboard.

  • A plus sign (+) in a shortcut means that you need to press multiple keys at the same time.

  • A comma sign (,) in a shortcut means that you need to press multiple keys in order.

  • You can easily access the keyboard shortcuts list from within Microsoft Teams. To open the keyboard shortcuts, press Ctrl+Period (.), and then select Keyboard shortcuts in the upper-left corner.

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General

To do this

Press

Show keyboard shortcuts.

Ctrl+Period (.), and then select Keyboard shortcuts in the upper-left corner

Go to Search.

Ctrl+E

Open filter.

Ctrl+Shift+F

Start a new chat.

Ctrl+N

Open Settings.

Ctrl+Comma (,)

Zoom in.

Ctrl+Equals sign ( = )

Zoom out.

Ctrl+Minus sign (-)

Reset zoom level.

Ctrl+0

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Navigation

To do this

Press

Open the 1st app on the app bar.

Ctrl+1

Open the 2nd app on the app bar.

Ctrl+2

Open the 3rd app on the app bar.

Ctrl+3

Open the 4th app on the app bar.

Ctrl+4

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Messaging

To do this

Press

Expand compose box.

Ctrl+Shift+X

Send the message.

Ctrl+Enter

Start a new line.

Shift+Enter

Mark a message as important.

Ctrl+Shift+I

Bring focus from the chat in the chat list to the best focusable message.

Spacebar

Bring focus from the chat in the chat list to the compose box.

Enter

Bring focus to the compose box from either the chat list or the right pane.

Ctrl+R

Bring focus to the chat list from the right pane or compose box.

Esc or Ctrl+L

Move to the next focusable object.

Tab key

Move to the previous focusable object.

Shift+Tab

Open the context menu.

Shift+F10

Pop out the current chat.

Ctrl+Enter

Pop out a new chat.

Ctrl+Shift+N

Keyboard navigation in lists and messages

  1. Navigate between list items in the left pane, such as the Activity feed, with the Up and Down arrow keys.

  2. To bring the focus to the compose box at the end of the currently active thread, press Enter.

  3. To navigate in a thread, press Shift+Tab to move the focus to the messages in the thread, and then use the Up and Down arrow keys. You can react to messages by pressing Enter, pressing the arrow keys to find the reaction you want, and pressing Enter to select it.

    You can also return to the compose box by pressing the Tab key.

  4. To return to the list from a message or the compose box, press Ctrl+L.

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Meetings and calls

To do this

Press

Start a video call.

Ctrl+Shift+U

Toggle mute.

Ctrl+Shift+M

Announce raised hands (screen reader).

Ctrl+Shift+L

Raise or lower your hand.

Ctrl+Shift+K

Start a screen share session.

Ctrl+Shift+E

Toggle video.

Ctrl+Shift+O

Admit people from lobby notification.

Ctrl+Shift+Y

Open the Background settings pane.

Ctrl+Shift+P

Schedule a meeting.

Alt+Shift+N

Go to current time.

Alt+Period (.)

Go to previous day or week.

Ctrl+Alt+Left arrow key

Go to next day or week.

Ctrl+Alt+Right arrow key

View day.

Ctrl+Alt+1

View workweek.

Ctrl+Alt+2

View week.

Ctrl+Alt+3

Save or send a meeting request. If the request includes a recipient, it will be sent. Otherwise it will be saved.  

Ctrl+S

Join from meeting details.

Alt+Shift+J

Turn camera off.

Ctrl+Shift+O

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Debug

To do this

Press

Download diagnostic logs.

Ctrl+Alt+Shift+1

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See also

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

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Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

If you are a government, commercial, or enterprise user, please contact the enterprise Disability Answer Desk.

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