Using Live Captioning in a Microsoft Teams meeting

I will admit I used to make fun of Microsoft’s ability to do real-time captioning, as the results tended to be… “entertaining”. But a lot has changed since then, and now Live Captioning in Microsoft Teams meetings works pretty well, considering how hard it is to adapt to voices and accents. Here’s how it works…

Turning off GIF animations in Microsoft Teams

We had a question come up yesterday in one of our Teams workspaces… was it possible to turn off the GIF animations that can be added to Teams chats and channels to make things less distracting? My co-worker Eydie found the solution for that, and it’s surprisingly easy. Here’s how…

Grouping your contacts in Microsoft Teams

If you’ve been using Skype, you’re probably familiar with the ability to group your Skype contacts into various contact groups to help you keep people organized. However, in Microsoft Teams chat, it’s a bit more hidden. Here’s how to create contact groups in Microsoft Teams, and how to add people to them.

Searching in channels and chats for Microsoft Teams

While Microsoft Teams is a great way to keep information consolidated for your work, the capability to find things in various chats and channels has been somewhat limited. With the addition of enhanced searching in Microsoft Teams, that now becomes much easier. Here’s what it looks like and how it works…

Sending a Microsoft Teams conversation to Outlook

There are times when you have a conversation in a Microsoft Teams channel, and you want to alert someone to check it out via email (because that’s what they prefer to use). Christian Buckley shared this really cool feature that enables you to send a chat directly to Outlook, and gives the recipient an easy way to get to the conversation in question. Here’s how it works…

Making “pretty links” in Microsoft Teams with CTRL-K

I know I’ve covered the use of CTRL-K in Word before, as a means to create “pretty links” in a Word document. There were alternative ways to do that in Word, but there seems to be a lack of user interface options to do the same thing in Microsoft Teams. Here’s how you can use the keyboard shortcut of CTRL-K to format words and phrases into hyperlink URLs…