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Commands are keyboard shortcuts for performing common tasks in Teams. Use them to quickly manage conversations and update your status. Plus, do more, such as adding details to your messages, and leaving and joining meetings.

To use a command, type / in the search box at the top of Teams. You'll see a menu of all the commands we currently support. Select the command you want, press Enter, and Teams takes care of the rest.

Commands also work anywhere you add messages, including chats, channels, and meetings by typing / where you'd normally write a message, then press Enter or Tab on your keyboard. 

Scroll down to see a list of available commands for the compose box. 

Tip: You can also press Alt+K (Windows) or Option+K (Mac) to open the command list.

Commands are available for everyone using Teams. If a certain command isn't working, your organization might have disabled a feature that's central to the command. For example, if chat is disabled for your organization, chat-based commands won't work.

Compose box commands


What it does 


Set your status to available.


Set your status to away.


Set your status to busy.


Set your status to be right back.


Set your status to do not disturb.


Set your status to appear offline.


Add an app.


Delete the chat.  


Hide the chat.


Leave the chat.


Leave the meeting.


Start or join a quick meeting.


Mute the chat.


Unmute the chat.


Open chat in a new window. 


Add a code block.


Add a loop paragraph.


Record a video clip.


Open settings.


Open keyboard shortcuts

Find out when new commands are available

We're updating our list of commands all the time, so keep checking the menu in the compose box to see what's new. (Just type /.) For more Microsoft Teams commands, see Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

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Currently, commands are only available in the desktop or web app.

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