Microsoft Teams has become one of the fastest-growing remote collaboration platforms in today’s world. Because of the rising number of organizations opting to work from home. In this article, we are going to talk about the User Guide on How to Raise hands on Microsoft Teams. Let’s begin!
The company has gradually and steadily introduced new features that make collaborating from home a lot easier. Includes the likes of screen sharing, conversation channels, dedicated wiki pages for particular projects, end to end encryption, and a lot more.
The company recently released its 3rd-anniversary edition update for Teams. That includes a host of new features including the much anticipated ‘raise hand’ feature. This feature includes numerous requests from educational institutions and teachers. Let’s take a more in-depth look at the ‘raise hand’ feature.
What is the ‘raise hand’ feature and why we need it?
The raise hand feature is a new addition to Microsoft Teams. That allows you to notify the host and other participants. That you have something to add to the on-going conversation. The feature is really useful for companies that hold webinars with multiple participants and schools that remotely conduct classes.
Because of the nature of these events, teachers and hosts find it useful when most participants mute during a lesson. Or the topic that makes it easier for everyone to concentrate without distracting yourself through the background noises.
Initially, when everyone was muted during a class or a webinar there was no actual way to identify your teacher or trainer that you wanted to chime in or had a question without interrupting the whole lesson. The ‘Raise hand’ feature allows you to seamlessly notify your teacher or trainer about doubt or question without disturbing the whole lesson for everyone else.
What happens when you ‘raise hand’?
When you use the feature, a small ‘hand icon’ appears near your name beside the ‘mute icon’. The teacher or trainer can then incorporate your question at their convenience which will make it easier for everyone to keep up with the lesson without getting disturbed.
How to use ‘raise hand’ on Microsoft Teams
Note: This feature is currently being rolled out in batches and might not be available to you even if you update to the latest version of Microsoft Teams. Raise hand is also unavailable in web clients for now and can only be accessed through the desktop client for Windows or macOS.
- Open the desktop client and join a meeting to start.
- When the meeting starts, you will see a ‘hand icon’ in the calling bar at the bottom of your screen. This is the icon that will help you ‘raise hand’ during the meeting. Click on it to ‘raise hand’.
Your trainer or teacher will now be notified in their calling bar with a notification. You will also be able to view the ‘raise hand’ icon beside your name on the screen.
Why I am not seeing raise hand option?
The new ‘Raise hand’ feature will be available for desktop clients of Microsoft Teams on Windows or macOS and is currently rolling out in batches. If you’re not seeing the ‘Raise hand’ feature, chances are that you’re either using Teams on the web or through an outdated app on your computer. Download the latest version of Microsoft Teams on your PC by clicking your profile picture at the top of the app and then selecting ‘Check for updates’.