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Use meeting controls in Teams

While you're in a meeting in Teams, you can access different functions from the meeting controls at the top of your screen. This will help you easily customize your view, participate with others, and more.

meeting control bar with timer

Show or hide all participants

If you'd like to see a list of everyone in a meeting—or a list of others invited but not currently in the meeting—select People  teams people icon.

The meeting participants will show on the right side of your screen. Above the list of participants, you can also invite someone to the meeting or share the meeting invite.

show all meeting participants

To hide the list, select People  teams people icon again.

To learn more, see Invite people to a meeting.

Show or hide the meeting conversation

To access the meeting chat, select Chat  teams chat icon.

From here, you can view and participate in the meeting group chat.

chat in a meeting

To hide it, select Chat  teams chat icon again.

To learn more, see Chat in a Teams meeting.

Use reactions

You can use reactions to express yourself or raise your hand during a meeting.

To react in a meeting: 

  1. Hover over Reactions  teams reaction icon.

  2. You can choose between Like, Love, Applause, Laugh, and Surprised.

The reaction you select will appear for a few seconds on screen for everyone in the meeting.

You can also choose Raise hand, which will remain displayed for everyone until you or the meeting presenter lowers your hand.

reaction menu

To learn more, see Express yourself in Teams meetings with live reactions and Raise your hand in a Teams meeting.

Create a breakout room

If you're a meeting organizer or presenter who's been appointed a breakout rooms manager, you can select Rooms  teams breakout room icon to create and assign people to breakout rooms.

create a breakout room in a meeting

To learn more, see Use breakout rooms and Join a breakout room.

Add an app

If you're a meeting organizer or presenter, you can select Apps Add button to search for and add an app for the meeting.

add an app in a meeting

To learn more, see Use apps in Teams meetings.

More actions

Select More More options button to open a menu and access other actions you can take in the meeting.

Some popular options you'll see in the more actions menu include Start recording, Apply background effects, and Turn off incoming video.

more options menu

To learn more, see Customize your meeting view.

Turn your camera on or off

To turn your camera on:

  1. Hover over Camera  teams show video icon.

  2. You'll see a private preview of your video.

  3. You can choose Blur my background or More background effects to change how you appear in the meeting.

    show video preview

  4. Then select Camera  teams show video icon to turn it on.

To turn your camera off, select Camera  Video call button again.

To learn more, see Using video.

Note: If you're attending a live event or public (open registration) webinar, your camera is turned off by default. To learn more, see Attend a live event and Get started with Teams webinars.

Mute or unmute your mic

If you're already muted in a meeting and you'd like to speak:

  1. Select Mic  teams unmute icon to unmute your mic.

  2. To mute again, select Mic  Mute button.

To learn more, see Muting and unmuting your mic.

Note: If you're attending a live event or public (open registration) webinar, your mic is turned off by default. To learn more, see Attend a live event and Get started with Teams webinars.

Share your screen

To share your screen or other content during a meeting:

  1. Select Share Share screen button.

  2. Choose to present your entire screen, a window, a PowerPoint file, or a whiteboard.

share content in a meeting

To learn more, see Share content in a meeting in Teams.

Leave or end a meeting

To leave a meeting, select Leave  teams leave meeting icon. If you're the meeting presenter, you can also select the dropdown and choose End meeting. Only meeting presenters can end meetings. 

leave a meeting

Want to learn more? See Meetings in Teams.

Related topics

Join a meeting

Schedule a meeting

Invite people to a meeting

If you're in a meeting on your mobile device, you can access different meeting controls from both the top and bottom of your screen.

mobile meeting controls

Show or hide the meeting conversation

To access the meeting chat conversation, tap Chat  teams chat icon at the upper-right area of the screen. To hide it, tap Back  Teams iOS back icon

Show or hide all participants

If you'd like to see a list of everyone currently in a meeting—or everyone invited but not in the meeting—tap People  teams people icon at the upper-right area of your screen. To hide the list, tap Back  Teams iOS back icon.

Turn your camera on or off

To turn your camera on during a meeting, tap Camera  teams show video icon at the bottom-left area of your screen. To it off, tap Camera  Video call button again.

Mute or unmute your mic

To unmute your mic during a meeting, tap Mic  teams unmute icon at the bottom-left area of your screen. To mute, tap Mic  Mute button again.

Mobile speaker options

To access your speaker options, tap Speaker teams speaker icon at the bottom-middle area of your screen. From here, you can choose to turn your audio off or switch your audio source.

More actions

Tap More More options button at the bottom-right area of your screen to open a menu where you can access other options for the meeting.

You can choose Reactions, Chat, People, Share, and Views.

mobile meeting reactions

Or Background effects, Start recording, and more.

mobile meeting controls expanded

To exit, tap anywhere at the top of the screen above reactions.

Leave a meeting

To leave a meeting, tap Leave  teams leave meeting icon at the bottom-right area of your screen. 

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