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Use Custom Background in Microsoft Teams to work comfortably, in a private space

Written by Suzy Dean

Having enjoyed 16 years within the Microsoft eco-system Suzy has an unrivalled and unequivocal understanding of what solutions organisations need to perform at their best and how to meet those requirements on time and in budget. One of the three Microsoft MVP’s within Addin365, Suzy applies her acute understanding of digital possibilities when leading the leadership team and their clients.

23rd June 2020

Microsoft have enabled custom background images for Microsoft Teams meetings, to help people feel comfortable joining video calls and having their video on, when they are out of the office. Whether someone is trying to work in a private room at home or in a public place, background images can keep your personal presentation looking professional at all times.

There are two ways to set a background image – using one of the Microsoft provided background images, or uploading one of your own.

Using a Microsoft background image 

When you go to join a meeting you will see an icon for custom background, before you join a call. Toggle this central icon, which is between video and speaker.

A panel will appear from the right. Select the background of your choice by clicking on your preferred image.

Then click ‘Join now’ and your background will be applied.

Please note, if you initiate a Teams video call directly with someone, you will not be given the option to apply a background until after they have picked up!

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