Customize your meeting view

Teams meetings have been redesigned to bring shared content front and center and highlight active speakers. When you join a Teams meeting, Teams smartly anticipates what you’ll want to see and resizes participant thumbnails and content based on the scenario.

When someone shares content like a presentation, Teams optimizes the layout to make that content as large as possible while also showing more video participants​.

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In Together Mode, Teams increases the size of the video so you can see people’s faces while also viewing shared content.

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These meeting views will be shown by default, but here are some things you can customize in your meeting.

Pin a video

To focus on a particular video, right click that video and select Pin. The video will be pinned to your view regardless of who's talking. You can pin as many videos as will fit on your screen. If you change your mind, right click that video again and select Unpin.

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Spotlight someone

If you want to focus on particular people in the meeting, ​spotlight them to make them appear larger for everyone. There are a couple of different ways to do it: 

  • Right-click on the person's video itself and select Spotlight from the menu.

  • Alternatively, you can select Show participants from the meeting controls to see a list of everyone in the meeting. Find the name of the person whose video you want to highlight in the list, right-click on their name, and select Spotlight.

When you're ready to end the spotlight, right-click on the person's video again and choose Stop spotlighting

Dock people to the top of the meeting view

Change the orientation of meeting participants to the top of your screen ​ to maintain better eye contact with others while content is being shared.

When you’re in the meeting, go to your meeting controls and select More options  More options button  > Gallery at top.

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See more participants

Note: Large gallery view with pages is available as part of the public preview program and may undergo further changes before being released publicly. To get access to this and other upcoming features, switch to the Teams public preview

Large gallery view is available when at least ten people have their cameras turned on. When more than 49 participants join a Teams meetings, see them all in a gallery with pages. In Large gallery view, navigation controls < > will appear at the bottom of the gallery when there are more than 49 participants. Use these navigation controls to view or engage with more video participants. 

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Swap content with gallery

Note: Swapping content in gallery view is available as part of the public preview program and may undergo further changes before being released publicly. To get access to this and other upcoming features, switch to the Teams public preview

When you're in a meeting with gallery view and someone shares content, by default the content appears in the center of your meeting view and videos move to side or top. Select a participant's videos in gallery view to swap the content being shared with a gallery. This action brings participants' videos to the center of the meeting view and moves content like a shared desktop or PowerPoint presentation to the side or top of the meeting view.

To bring shared content back to the center of your meeting view, select the content to swap it back in.

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