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Mute and unmute yourself from Windows taskbar in Microsoft Teams

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Hi, Microsoft 365 Insiders! We’re excited to share with you that you can now mute and unmute yourself in Microsoft Teams by clicking the microphone icon in the Windows taskbar, making it even easier to control your input.  

Mute and unmute yourself from Windows taskbar in Microsoft Teams 

We know there are times during a Teams call when you need to switch to a different screen on your device. In the new Teams experience on Windows, thanks to your feedback, you can now check and see if you’re on mute right in the Windows taskbar. You can also easily mute and unmute yourself by clicking the mic icon.   

How it works 

You can mute and unmute your microphone during a call or meeting in Teams from the Windows taskbar in one of two ways: 

1. Click the microphone icon on your taskbar.

     NOTE: The microphone icon only appears when you’re in a Teams call or a meeting. 

 Microphone in Teams 

2. You can also mute and unmute yourself by selecting Windows logo key+Alt+K. 


To use this feature, you must be a member of the Teams Public Preview or Microsoft 365 Targeted release and use the new Teams client for Windows. Other meeting participants aren’t required to be members of the Teams Public Preview.  

To enable your Teams client for the Public Preview, IT administrators must enable Show preview features in their update policy. Learn more   

For Targeted release, global admins can go to the Microsoft 365 admin center and give access to a select set of individuals or the entire organization. Learn more  

Don’t have it yet? It’s probably us, not you.  

Features are released over some time to ensure things are working smoothly. We highlight features that you may not have because they’re slowly releasing to larger numbers of Insiders. Sometimes we remove elements to further improve them based on your feedback. Though this is rare, we also reserve the option to pull a feature entirely out of the product, even if you, as an Insider, have had the opportunity to try it.    


We want to hear from you! Select Settings and more > Help in the top right corner of the Teams app, and then select either Give feedback or Suggest a feature to share your thoughts about this feature.