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The Microsoft Teams Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

Akshata Shanbhag 27-03-2020

Microsoft Teams is one of Slack’s top competitors and has exploded in popularity of late.

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Once you get past its confusing sign-up process, Teams proves to be a robust solution for hosting your virtual office. Its free tier includes unlimited messages, audio/video calling features, and screen sharing. You’ll also find real-time integration with Office Online apps like Word, Excel, and OneNote.

If a Microsoft Teams workspace is where you head to work every morning, the cheat sheet below is for you. It contains keyboard shortcuts for using Microsoft Teams on web and desktop. With the shortcuts listed you can, for starters, display the commands list and switch between various tabs in your workspace.

The cheat sheet also includes shortcuts for calls and messaging. With these, you can start new chats, reply to threads, attach files, manage calls, and toggle audio and video.

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The Microsoft Teams Keyboard Shortcuts Cheat Sheet

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ShortcutAction
Web Shortcuts

Navigation
Ctrl + EMove focus to search box
Ctrl + /Display command list
Ctrl + Shift + GGo to…
Ctrl + Shift + 1Open Activity tab
Ctrl + Shift + 2Open Chat tab
Ctrl + Shift + 3Open Teams tab
Ctrl + Shift + 4Open Calls tab
Ctrl + Shift + 5Open Files tab
Left Option + Up ArrowGo to previous list item
Left Option + Down ArrowGo to next list item
Ctrl + Shift + F6Go to previous section
Ctrl + F6Go to next section
Ctrl + . (Period)Show keyboard shortcuts
Ctrl + F1Open Help section
Messaging
Ctrl + NStart new chat
CMove focus to Compose box
Ctrl + Shift + XExpand Compose box
¹Ctrl + EnterSend message
Ctrl + Shift + OAttach file
Shift + EnterStart new line
RReply to thread
Meetings and Calls
Ctrl + Shift + CStart audio call
Ctrl + Shift + SAccept audio call
Ctrl + Shift + UStart video call
Ctrl + Shift + AAccept video call
Ctrl + Shift + DDecline call
Ctrl + Shift + MMute/unmute audio
Ctrl + Shift + FToggle full screen mode
Ctrl + Shift + SpaceGo to sharing toolbar
²Desktop Shortcuts

Navigation
Ctrl + EMove focus to search box
Ctrl + /Display command list
Ctrl + GGo to…
Ctrl + 1Open Activity tab
Ctrl + 2Open Chat tab
Ctrl + 3Open Teams tab
Ctrl + 4Open Calls tab
Ctrl + 5Open Files tab
Left Option + Up ArrowGo to previous list item
Left Option + Down ArrowGo to next list item
Ctrl + Shift + Up ArrowMove selected team up
Ctrl + Shift + Down ArrowMove selected team down
Ctrl + Shift + F6Go to previous section
Ctrl + F6Go to next section
Ctrl + . (Period)Show keyboard shortcuts
F1Open Help section
Messaging
Ctrl + NStart new chat
CMove focus to Compose box
Ctrl + Shift + XExpand Compose box
¹Ctrl + EnterSend message
Ctrl + OAttach file
Shift + EnterStart new line
RReply to thread
Meetings and Calls
Ctrl + Shift + CStart audio call
Ctrl + Shift + SAccept audio call
Ctrl + Shift + UStart video call
Ctrl + Shift + AAccept video call
Ctrl + Shift + DDecline call
Ctrl + Shift + MMute/unmute audio
Ctrl + Shift + OToggle video
Ctrl + Shift + FToggle full screen mode
Ctrl + Shift + SpaceGo to sharing toolbar
¹The shortcut Enter also works when you haven’t expanded the Compose box.

²On macOS, replace Ctrl with Cmd and Alt with Option in shortcuts.

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  1. Joe R
    April 10, 2020 at 11:18 pm

    You can also see this list by typing /keys in the search box within Teams. It will pop up a list of shortcuts.