As working from home continues to be the norm for many of us these days, you may be looking for new ways to increase your productivity and save you time. Many of us are becoming more familiar with Microsoft Teams by the day, so asked our team to compile their top 5 most useful shortcuts in Teams and explained how and why to use them.
When talking with multiple people in various Teams channels, it can be difficult to find a specific message. One can use the search feature for that. To open the search menu, simply press Ctrl + E on your Windows keyboard.
If you’re reading this, you have undoubtedly been on a call where there are kids crying or dogs barking in the background and some poor soul has no idea that they are disrupting the entire meeting. Do not be that person. Use the Ctrl + Shift + M to mute yourself and your coworkers will thank you for it. Trust us.
Express Emotion with an Emoji
Sometimes words just cannot express how we’re feeling. If you can’t find the right emoji in the emoji library below the message box, here is a shortcut to find many more! :word – Type a colon “:” immediately followed by a word to discover additional emojis (e.g. :people or :banana)
Attach a File
For many of us, Outlook has been the norm for sending attachments to others, but did you know that you can quickly attach files from your PC or OneDrive app while using Teams? By clicking Ctrl + O, you can open the menu to attach a file in a chat or share with an entire channel.
Start an Audio or Video Call
If you’re starting to consider yourself as a bit of a videoconferencing pro, here’s another arrow for your quiver. To quickly place an audio or video call, press Ctrl + Shift + C. Type in who you’d like to contact and you’re off to the races.
Decline an Incoming Call
Even though we are in quarantine, we still need our privacy, especially considering how much our schedules have shifted. If you are in the middle of an important task and don’t want to talk, tap Ctrl + Shift + D and that call will be declined.
BONUS View all Shortcuts
If there is a shortcut you’ve ever been curious about but was not covered, you’re in luck. To view a list of all keyboard shortcuts, simply press CTRL + Period (.). This applies to both the Teams desktop and web apps.