How To Mute All In Webex Except Presenter

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Webex is a widely used platform for conducting virtual meetings and presentations. A frequently encountered issue for hosts is the requirement to mute all participants except for the presenter. As someone who often utilizes Webex, I have faced this scenario multiple times. This article will provide step-by-step instructions on how to mute all participants on Webex while still allowing the presenter’s audio to be heard.

The Challenge

When hosting a Webex meeting, it’s essential to maintain control over the audio to avoid background noise and distractions. By default, participants have the ability to unmute themselves and speak at any time. However, in some situations, it may be necessary to mute all participants except for the presenter to maintain focus and uninterrupted communication.

Step 1: Gain Host Privileges

First, log in to your Webex account and start a new meeting or join an existing one as the host. As the host, you have additional privileges that allow you to control the meeting settings.

Step 2: Locate the Mute Controls

Once you are in the meeting, look for the participant panel, usually located on the right side of the screen. The participant panel displays a list of all attendees present in the meeting. Locate the mute controls next to each participant’s name. There should be a microphone icon that allows you to toggle their audio on or off.

Step 3: Mute All Participants

Now, it’s time to mute all participants except for the presenter. Click on the mute control next to each participant’s name one by one to disable their audio. Take your time to ensure you don’t accidentally mute the presenter. It may be helpful to communicate with the presenter beforehand, so they are aware that their audio will not be affected.

Step 4: Communicate the Mute Status

Once you have muted all participants, it’s essential to communicate this to the meeting attendees. Use the chat feature or the microphone icon on the toolbar to inform everyone that they have been muted. Encourage them to use the chat function if they have any questions or need to communicate during the presentation.

Step 5: Managing Exceptions

In some cases, you may want to allow specific participants to unmute themselves temporarily. This can be useful for interactive sessions or Q&A segments. To do this, communicate with the participant individually and let them know they can unmute themselves when necessary. Remind them to mute themselves again afterward to minimize background noise.


Muting all participants except for the presenter in Webex meetings is a valuable feature that helps maintain a focused and distraction-free environment. By following the steps outlined above, you can confidently host meetings with control over the audio. Remember to communicate the mute status to participants and provide instructions for exceptions when needed. Enjoy seamless and productive Webex meetings!