It just got easier to raise your hand in Microsoft Teams

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What you need to know

  • Microsoft Teams now has a shortcut for raising your hand within meetings.
  • To raise your hand, you can just press CTRL+SHIFT+K.
  • The feature appears to have rolled out with version of Teams.

The raise hand feature within Microsoft Teams makes it easy to notify a presenter that you have a comment or a question. The feature initially rolled out in May 2020 and has since worked its way across Teams on different platforms. Now, you can easily raise your hand in a meeting with a keyboard shortcut.

Following a recent update to Teams, pressing CTRL+SHIFT+K will raise your hand within a meeting. Twitter user Selena Caamano first spotted the feature and shared screenshots on Twitter (via OnMSFT).

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The shortcut also puts your virtual hand down, so you can easily tell a presenter that you have something to add and then put your hand back down when you're done.

The feature was first requested through a Tech Community post (opens in new tab) in May 2020. It appears that the feature rolled out with version 1.4.002879. My PC saw that update on February 18, 2021, so it should be available to everyone by now.

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  • I hope we can change the mapping... Ctrl+shift+k is too cumbersome and alt+k for example is simpler to do as well as remember for novices. I do get why they used this method as all the keyboard shortcuts in teams whilst in meetings / calls use ctrl+shift+ . The complete list of keyboard shortcuts:
  • Agreed. I also feel the same way about using Ctrl+Shift+M for Mute. With those key combinations, I'll just keep using the mouse. Alt-M and Alt-H would have been my first choice.
  • How do we press the shortcut key without a keyboard?
  • This would be a great use for the Touch Bar on a Mac. To bad Apple seems to be disenchanted with it.