Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

November 17th, 2022
Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Many users find that using an external keyboard with keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams on Windows helps them work more efficiently. For users with mobility or vision disabilities, keyboard shortcuts can be easier than using the touchscreen and are an essential alternative to using a mouse. This article itemizes the keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams on Windows or the web app using a PC keyboard.

Notes:

  • The shortcuts in this topic refer to the US keyboard layout. Keys for other layouts might not correspond exactly to the keys on a US keyboard.
  • A plus sign (+) in a shortcut means that you need to press multiple keys at the same time.
  • A comma sign (,) in a shortcut means that you need to press multiple keys in order.
  • You can easily access the keyboard shortcuts list from within Microsoft Teams. Press Ctrl+E to go to the Search field, type /keys, and then press Enter.

General

To do this  

In the Desktop app, press        

In the Web app, press

Show keyboard shortcuts.

Ctrl+Period (.)

Ctrl+Period (.)

Go to Search.

Ctrl+E

No shortcut

Show commands.

Ctrl+Slash (/)

Ctrl+Slash (/)

Open filter.

Ctrl+Shift+F

Ctrl+Shift+F

Go to a specific team or channel. 

Ctrl+G

Ctrl+Shift+G

Open apps flyout.

Ctrl+Accent (`)

Ctrl+Accent (`)

Start a new chat.

Ctrl+N

Left Alt+N

Open Settings.

Ctrl+Comma (,)

Ctrl+Shift+Comma (,)

Open Help.

F1

Ctrl+F1

Close.

Esc

Esc

Zoom in.

Ctrl+Equals sign ( = )

No shortcut

Zoom out.

Ctrl+Minus sign (-)

No shortcut

Reset zoom level.

Ctrl+0

No shortcut

Show keyboard shortcuts

  • Press Ctrl+Period (.).
  • Press Ctrl+E to go to the Search field, type /keys, and then press Enter.
  • Select the Teams more icon (Settings and more) button in the upper-right corner of Microsoft Teams, and then select Keyboard shortcuts.
  • YTo navigate to the keyboard shortcuts with a screen reader, press the Tab key until you hear "Settings and more," and press Enter. Press the Down arrow key until you hear "Keyboard shortcuts," and press Enter.

Navigation

Note: If you're using the default app bar configuration in the Microsoft Teams desktop app, use the commands in the table below. If you've changed the order of your apps or added additional apps, the command depends on the app's sequential order on the app bar. For example, if you've moved Calendar to the top of the app bar, press Ctrl+1 to open it, not Ctrl+4. To view the keyboard shortcuts for your current configuration, press Ctrl+E to go to the Search field, type /keys, and then press Enter.

To do this

In the Desktop app, press       

In the Web app, press

Open Activity.

Ctrl+1

Ctrl+Shift+1

Open Chat.

Ctrl+2

Ctrl+Shift+2

Open Teams.

Ctrl+3

Ctrl+Shift+3

Open Calendar.

Ctrl+4

Ctrl+Shift+4

Open Calls.

Ctrl+5

Ctrl+Shift+5

Open Files.

Ctrl+6

Ctrl+Shift+6

Go to previous list item.

Left Alt+Up arrow key

Left Alt+Up arrow key

Go to next list item.

Left Alt+Down arrow key

Left Alt+Down arrow key

Move selected team up.

Ctrl+Shift+Up arrow key

No shortcut

Move selected team down.  

Ctrl+Shift+Down arrow key

No shortcut

Open the History menu.

Ctrl+Shift+H

No shortcut

Go to previous section.

Ctrl+Shift+F6

Ctrl+Shift+F6

Go to next section.

Ctrl+F6

Ctrl+F6

Go to an open application.

Ctrl+F6

Ctrl+F6

Messaging

To do this

In the Desktop app, press       

In the Web app, press

Start a new conversation.

Ctrl+N

Alt+N

Go to compose box.

Alt+Shift+C

Alt+Shift+C

Expand compose box.

Ctrl+Shift+X

Ctrl+Shift+X

Send a message.

Ctrl+Enter

Ctrl+Enter

Start a new line.

Shift+Enter

Shift+Enter

Reply to a thread.

Alt+Shift+R

Alt+Shift+R

Mark a message as important.

Ctrl+Shift+I

Ctrl+Shift+I

Search current chat or channel messages.  

Ctrl+F

Ctrl+F