How to avoid people being able to mute each other in Teams

Microsoft Teams offers a great way to communicate with your team in these hard times. However not everyone is professional enough to use it responsibly. In this article we will explain how to avoid people being able to mute other participants in a Microsoft Teams meeting.

The presenter is the only person able to mute people however by default all participants of a meeting are given the presenter role.

Change who can present before the meeting

The first option you have is to change who can present the meeting. You can do this by opening the meeting in teams and clicking on Meeting Options.

Then wait for the meeting screen to open, once open, choose “Who can present” to “Only me”

You can also choose for specific people or people within your organisation if you every do presentations outside of your organisation. No worries, if you choose only me, people can still present, you just have to give them the rights to do so within the meeting. You can give them those rights by right-clicking on their name and then click on Make Presenter.

Change who can present during the meeting

If you’re already in the meeting and people start misbehaving or abusing the feature then simply right-click their name and click “Make an attendee” and they will loose their rights to present in that meeting.

How to avoid people from taking over the presentation in Microsoft Teams

The same goes for presenting, if you remove who can present using the steps above then other people also won’t be able to take over the presentation and show their stuff. Be sure to only make people who you trust presenters.

Which roles can do what?

If you’re curious what the difference between the organisor, presenter and attendee is then be sure to check out this article on Microsoft.com. It explains it quite well.

We hope this article helps you on How to avoid people being able to mute each other in Teams. If you need more Teams help than feel free to ask for it!

Yuri Pustjens
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Yuri specializes in troubleshooting (crash analysis and devices), system resource utilisation and system performance. He is also very interested in Customer Security. Yuri can be found as Windows Community Moderator and Wiki Author on Microsoft Answers and is active on different communities all across the web.

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