Clever Clogs tip # 692
24 February 2022

Temporarily unmute yourself (MS Teams) *

They say hybrid working is here to stay. And that we may never be back at our desks five days a week.

Only time will tell I guess, but in the meantime, if you use MS Teams for your online meetings and/or webinars, you might like to know Microsoft has introduced a great new feature... temporarily unmute yourself.

If there is unwanted background noise you probably have your microphone off and "properly" mute/unmute yourself. But if you want to quickly respond to a question or simply say "hi" this might be faster.

Here's how:

  1. Press and hold CTRL + Spacebar to temporarily unmute yourself.
  2. Release CTRL + Spacebar to go back on mute.

Oh, and it looks like that once you've used it in a session, you can simply press the spacebar to toggle between mute and unmute.

I'd love to hear how you get on with this one. If it doesn't work, check your MS Teams Privacy settings. Click on your profile picture in the top right hand corner and select Manage account. Keyboard shortcut to unmute should be on.

By the way, I'm continuing to train online, but I'm also in the sun house. And face-to-face training seems to be picking up again. Yippee!

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This week's CleverClogsTipTime on LinkedIn, in case you missed it...

  1. Switch off autocomplete in Outlook
  2. Can anyone recommend a touch typing course?


PS WARNING: If you change the Short date in Windows' control panel, as described last week, it impacts the dates in Excel. So only change the format in the Long date box. Keep the short date as, for example, dd/MM/yyyy. (I've updated the online tip so this is really a warning for those of you who keep my tips and/or have made a change to their settings.

* Unless stated otherwise this tip is written for Microsoft 365 desktop apps and Windows 10 users, but might also be useful in Office 2010, 2013 and 2016.