How To Mute Yourself Microsoft Teams

Productivity Software

Hello there! Today I would like to discuss a common occurrence while using Microsoft Teams – the requirement to silence ourselves during a meeting. This could be to minimize background sounds or to take a brief pause from speaking. Being able to mute ourselves can greatly enhance our communication on Teams.

Before we dive into the specific steps on how to mute yourself on Teams, I want to share a personal anecdote. Just last week, I was in a team meeting and suddenly my dog started barking loudly in the background. It was quite embarrassing, but luckily I knew exactly how to quickly mute myself and save the day. So trust me, learning how to mute yourself on Teams can come in handy!

The Basics: Muting Yourself on Microsoft Teams

Let’s get right into it. Here are the steps to mute yourself on Teams:

  1. First, locate the microphone icon on the bottom toolbar of the Teams window. It looks like a small microphone symbol.
  2. Once you’ve found the microphone icon, simply click on it. This will toggle your microphone on or off. When the microphone icon is red and has a line through it, that means you are muted.

And that’s it! It’s as simple as that. With just a couple of clicks, you can quickly mute and unmute yourself during a Teams meeting.

Some Extra Tips

Now that you know the basics, here are a few additional tips to enhance your muting experience on Teams:

  • If you anticipate needing to mute yourself frequently, it might be useful to learn the keyboard shortcut. On Windows, you can press Ctrl+Shift+M to mute and unmute yourself. On Mac, use Command+Shift+M.
  • Remember that muting yourself does not mute others in the meeting. So if you’re in a large meeting and someone else has background noise, politely remind them to mute themselves.
  • If you are the meeting organizer or have been given presenter rights, you can also mute individual participants. Simply right-click on their name in the participant list and select “Mute participant”.


In conclusion, knowing how to mute yourself on Microsoft Teams can be a real game-changer. It helps create a more focused and professional environment during meetings, and allows you to control your own audio settings with ease.

So the next time you find yourself in a Teams meeting and need to mute yourself, remember these simple steps. Don’t be caught off guard by unexpected noises or distractions! Take control and make the most out of your virtual collaboration experiences.