Temporary Unmute keyboard shortcut rolling out for Teams meetings (Dec 2021)

Microsoft is rolling out a new unmute option in Teams meetings. When you are muted, you can press and hold the Control key and spacebar in Windows to temporarily unmute yourself to make a comment. When you release the keys you return to being muted. Here’s what you see on screen when you are muted and hold the Control key and spacebar.

The rollout started in December 2021 and should be complete by spring of 2022.

On a Mac the keyboard shortcut is Option key and spacebar.

This option will be turned on by default but you can turn it off if you want to in the Privacy section of the Settings in the Teams app before you join or start a meeting. If you have this option in the Settings of your Teams app then you now have this feature.

If you want to unmute yourself the normal keyboard shortcuts of Ctrl+Shift+M on Windows and Command+Shift+M on a Mac still work as they always have.

This new keyboard shortcut will allow you to make a quick comment in a meeting more easily. If you are in a noisy environment, it will also help because you won’t need to remember to mute your mic again after you have made a comment.

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