How To Clap On Microsoft Teams

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Being a frequent user of Microsoft Teams, I understand that it can be challenging to convey support or gratitude during a meeting or presentation. In face-to-face meetings, we would clap to demonstrate our enthusiasm, but in a virtual environment, it may not be as straightforward. In this piece, I will walk you through the process of clapping on Microsoft Teams, ensuring that your applause is audible and unmistakable.

The Basics: Using Emojis

Microsoft Teams provides a range of emojis that you can use to show your reaction during a meeting. While there isn’t an emoji specifically for clapping, you can use the “thumbs up” or “clapping hands” emojis to indicate your appreciation. To access these emojis, simply click on the smiley face icon in the chatbox at the bottom of the screen. A menu will appear, displaying a variety of emojis to choose from.

Adding Some Sound Effects

If you want to take your virtual clapping to the next level, you can use sound effects to make it more realistic. Microsoft Teams allows you to share your computer’s audio during a meeting, so you can play a pre-recorded applause sound or even record your own clapping. Here’s how:

  1. Before the meeting or presentation starts, make sure that your microphone is muted.
  2. Open a separate audio recording software on your computer or find a pre-recorded applause sound.
  3. Play the applause sound while sharing your computer’s audio in Microsoft Teams. To share audio, click on the “Share” button at the bottom of the screen, then select the specific audio output you want to share.
  4. Unmute your microphone briefly to add your personal clapping sound. Make sure to mute your microphone again afterwards to avoid any background noise.

Using the Reactions Feature

Microsoft Teams has a feature called “Reactions” that allows you to quickly show your appreciation during a meeting. To access the Reactions feature, hover your mouse over the participant’s video or presentation screen. A toolbar will appear at the top, displaying various reaction options. Click on the “Clap” icon to show your applause. This will display a small clapping hands icon next to your name for everyone to see.


In today’s virtual world, finding ways to show appreciation and support during online meetings is important. Microsoft Teams offers several options for clapping, whether it’s using emojis, adding sound effects, or using the Reactions feature. Experiment with these different methods to find the one that suits you best. Remember, a little clap can go a long way in making someone feel valued and encouraged in their presentation or discussion.