Microsoft Teams? Awesome, right? It’s lightweight, it’s free, and integrates with all the other apps you already use. You can use it just for meetings or video calls with clients. And the best part is that it’s already built into your Office 365 subscription! Teams is a wonderful collaboration platform that makes communicating, collaborating, and discussing with your team members easier. Microsoft Teams has emerged as a force to be reckoned with. Today, it is arguably the most popular collaboration platform among enterprise users. 

You’ve been using Microsoft Teams for a while now and have memorized all of its bells and whistles. That’s great! But have you taken the time to learn all of its keyboard shortcuts? Because they are all the rage!

These Microsoft Teams keyboard shortcuts are easy to learn and they will save you time. In this blog post, we will discuss and explore some useful Microsoft Teams shortcuts and tips.

Shortcuts for Meetings

Microsoft Teams Unmute Shortcut:

  1. Ctrl + shift + M – Mute/unmute yourself
  2. Ctrl + shift + O – Turn on/off your camera

Shortcuts for Chatting and Collaborating

  1. Ctrl + N – Start a new chat
  2. Ctrl + O – Attach a file

Shortcuts for Chats, Teams, Calls, and Searching Information:

  1. Ctrl + 1+ 2 + 3 – Navigate up and down the left navigation rail. (i.e. Ctrl + 1 = Activity feed; Ctrl +2 = Chat; Ctrl + 3 = Teams etc.)
  2. Ctrl + E – Quick access to the search bar at the top of Teams.

To Insert An Emoji

  1. :word – Type a colon “:” immediately followed by a word to discover additional emojis (e.g. :person or :pencil)

To Show Keyboard Shortcuts

In order to view other shortcuts, the user can Type Ctrl + . to see all of them or click on your profile in the top right-hand corner and click keyboard shortcuts.

General Shortcuts

Feature Shortcut for Desktop Shortcut for Web App
Show keyboard shortcuts Ctrl+Period (.) Ctrl+Period (.)
Go to Search Ctrl+E Ctrl+E
Show commands Ctrl+Slash (/) Ctrl+Slash (/)
Open filter Ctrl+Shift+F Ctrl+Shift+F
Goto Ctrl+G Ctrl+Shift+G
Open apps flyout Ctrl+Accent (`) Ctrl+Accent (`)
Start a new chat Ctrl+N Left Alt+N
Open Settings Ctrl+Comma (,) Ctrl+Comma (,)
Open Help F1 Ctrl+F1
Close Esc Esc
Zoom in Ctrl+Equals sign ( = ) No shortcut
Zoom out Ctrl+Minus sign (-) No shortcut
Reset zoom level Ctrl+0 No shortcut

Shortcuts for Messaging

Feature Shortcut for Desktop Shortcut for Web App
Start a new conversation Alt+Shift+C Alt+Shift+C
Go to compose box Alt+Shift+C Alt+Shift+C
Expand compose box Ctrl+Shift+X Ctrl+Shift+X
Send (expanded compose box) Ctrl+Enter Ctrl+Enter
Start new line Shift+Enter Shift+Enter
Reply to a thread Alt+Shift+R Alt+Shift+R
Mark as important Ctrl+Shift+I Ctrl+Shift+I
Search current chat/channel messages Ctrl+F Ctrl+F

Shortcuts for Calls and Meetings

Feature Shortcut for Desktop Shortcut for Web App
Accept video call Ctrl+Shift+A Ctrl+Shift+A
Accept audio call Ctrl+Shift+S Ctrl+Shift+S
Decline call Ctrl+Shift+D Ctrl+Shift+D
Start audio call Ctrl+Shift+C Ctrl+Shift+C
Start video call Ctrl+Shift+U Ctrl+Shift+U
End audio call Ctrl+Shift+H No shortcut
End video call Ctrl+Shift+H No shortcut
Temporarily unmute Ctrl+Spacebar No shortcut
Announce raised hands

(screen reader)

Ctrl+Shift+L Ctrl+Shift+L
Raise or lower your hand Ctrl+Shift+K Ctrl+Shift+K
Start screen share session Ctrl+Shift+E No shortcut
Toggle video Ctrl+Shift+O No shortcut
Filter current list Ctrl+Shift+F Ctrl+Shift+F


Go to sharing toolbar Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar Ctrl+Shift+Spacebar
Decline screen share Ctrl+Shift+D No shortcut
Accept screen share Ctrl+Shift+A No shortcut
Admit people from lobby notification Ctrl+Shift+Y No shortcut
Toggle background blur Ctrl+Shift+P No shortcut
Schedule a meeting Alt+Shift+N Alt+Shift+N
Go to current time Alt+Period (.) Alt+Period (.)
Go to previous day/week Ctrl+Alt+Left arrow key Ctrl+Alt+Left arrow key
Go to next day/week Ctrl+Alt+Right arrow key Ctrl+Alt+Right arrow key
View day Ctrl+Alt+1 Ctrl+Alt+1
View workweek Ctrl+Alt+2 Ctrl+Alt+2
View week Ctrl+Alt+3 Ctrl+Alt+3
Save/send meeting request Ctrl+S Ctrl+S
Join from meeting details Alt+Shift+J Alt+Shift+J
Go to suggested time Alt+Shift+S Alt+Shift+S

The Microsoft Teams team has done a stellar job with such a comprehensive list of keyboard shortcuts that can help you get more done faster. In this article, we gathered all these Microsoft Teams keyboard shortcuts so that you can boost your productivity even more. We hope you found this list of MS Teams keyboard shortcuts useful. 

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