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5 new Microsoft Teams features

Get to know 5 new Microsoft Teams functions in the blog post. – These are presented individually and are a continuation of the previous updates.



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5 new Microsoft Teams features

1. Customize background effects in Teams Web

Customize the background during a Teams meeting on the web. As a result, with this new feature in Teams Web you get the same background effects as in the desktop app. This means you have the option of blurring the background or uploading a new image.


Here's how to wipe or change Teams' background during a meeting (in Windows, Mac, and iOS):

1) Open Microsoft Teams, log into a meeting or start a meeting.

2) Then select the ''background filter'' button in the preview image.


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''Background filter''


The following four functions can be selected in the background settings:

Add a new background

Add «None'' background effects to remove the existing effect

Select an available background

Blur the background


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background settings


Lastly, choose ''Participate now'' to join the meeting with the selected settings


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"Participate now"


2. Change how many messages you see at once

You now have the choice of how far apart your chat messages should be in Teams. Due to the size of your monitor or display settings, you may want to change the distance it displays in chat messages. You can specifically optimize the display. Either with more text in the display at once or with less text at a comfortable level. Adjust the settings to suit your needs!


Find out how to do it You can change the spacing of chat messages:

First select Settings in the top right of the screen "Further actions" ( -> ”Settings” .


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''Comfortable'' and ''compact'' on the other hand

There are also two options for chat density under “General”. On the one hand the function “Comfortable” is available and on the other hand “Compact” is available.

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5 teams functions


3. Pin a message in chat

You can now pin specific messages to the start of a chat. These are then permanently visible to the members of the chat. It does not depend on the amount of messages that come afterwards.

Each message has the option to pin it. You can unpin it at any time. There is currently the option to pin a single message at a time. Hide, unhide, mute, or pin a chat in Teams.


4. Disable “Mirror my video”.

By default, the image of your own video preview is automatically played in the small preview window. From now on it is possible to no longer display the image mirrored.

Accordingly, this brings enormous simplification for the moderator of a meeting, especially when sharing a whiteboard or text. The participants see the text correctly. The moderator sees the text in mirror image. This may distract him and make the online meeting more difficult.


Note: Normally the video is mirrored automatically because most people are used to the mirrored function (like on smartphones with the front camera).  

Here's how to disable the mirror my video feature:

Next the meeting: Select ''Custom Setup''.


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''Custom Setup''


To the right of the “Participate now” field you will find the “Mirror my video” button, which can be deactivated with one click. In the following image the function is deactivated.


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''Mirror my video'' disabled


Während the meeting: Select "Further actions" ( -> ''Device Settings''.


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''Device Settings''

You will then find the “Mirror my video” button, which can be deactivated with one click. The function is activated in the following image.


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“Mirror my video” activated


Note: If you deactivate the “mirroring my video” function, it remains switched off. This must therefore be switched on again manually if necessary.


5. Better experiences in teams

In order to optimize the performance of Teams for users, the app is constantly being improved as part of ongoing efforts. This includes, among other things, the duration of switching between a chat and a channel. This has become faster thanks to the updated update.


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