Are you looking to disable the chat feature during your Microsoft Teams meetings? Whether you’re in the education sector, working for a corporation, or hosting webinars, there may be situations where you want to have chat functionality disabled or re-enabled. In this engaging tutorial, we will walk you through the process of disabling chat in real-time during a meeting, as well as setting up a meeting with chat disabled from the start.
To begin, imagine you are in your MS Teams calendar and ready to join a meeting. Later in the video, we will also show you how to set up a meeting beforehand, ensuring chat is never enabled. But for now, let’s focus on disabling chat during an ongoing meeting.
Once you’ve joined the meeting, you can address the participants and express your intention to have everyone’s undivided attention. To disable the chat, simply click on the three-dot menu and select “Meeting options.” You will notice a new option called “Allow meeting chat,” which is currently enabled. In this case, you want to disable chat permanently for your presentation, so click on “Disable” and hit “Save.”
Now, if you navigate back to the chat, you will see that all chat activity has ceased. Participants who attempt to type messages will find their efforts in vain—chat has been turned off for the meeting. With chat disabled, you can confidently share your presentation using the share tray.
During your presentation, you might notice some individuals still attempting to chat but rest assured, their messages won’t come through. Your presentation remains the main focus, and the attention of all participants is directed toward your content.
Once you’ve finished presenting, you can stop sharing your screen. If you wish to enable chat again, simply access the three-dot menu, go to “Meeting options,” and re-enable chat by clicking on the appropriate setting and saving the changes. Now, all participants can resume chatting as they did before.
But what if you don’t want participants to continue chatting after the meeting ends? No problem! You can select the option “In meeting only” in the meeting options menu. This means that while the chat remains active during the meeting, participants won’t be able to access it once the meeting concludes. So, if someone plans to chat with others late at night, they won’t have the opportunity—chat will be disabled after the meeting ends.
Now, suppose you want to have chat disabled even before the meeting starts. As the meeting organiser, you can achieve this by editing the meeting details in your calendar. Access the meeting options, and before the meeting commences, select the “Disabled” option for meeting chat. Save the changes, and anyone joining the meeting, such as in the case of a webinar, will find chat disabled for the entire duration.
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