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I'm using Microsoft Teams on a Windows machine. Sometimes I find myself needing to step away from my computer for a moment, but I don't want people in the call to think I am still there.

There doesn't appear to be a way to manually put the call on hold, is there any workarounds for this?

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    In my company, people just announce their temporary absence during call using chat and leaving a message there. I have never thought about using 'hold' function.
    – user11153
    Jul 8 at 8:57
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    If you put a group call on hold, everyone gets a hold tone. People can't continue the call without you/until you take the call off hold. Jul 8 at 14:30
  • @spikey_richie Bad memories - I remember being on a global conference call (analogue phones) with 40+ people from scotland/india/us/nz/etc... Someone put their phone on hold and it started playing Local Radio into the call, and noone could get rid of it. The conference call went on with some blatherous talkback going on the entire 3 hours.
    – Criggie
    Jul 8 at 23:06

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Whilst in a call, click ... More and then choose || Hold from the menu

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The above screenshot is from the desktop app.

There's currently no documented shortcut key for this operation.

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    Given that my Teams version says it's from yesterday, I guess this is disabled on my work account by some sort of policy ):
    – TeamDman
    Jul 6 at 17:45
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    "You have Microsoft Teams Version 1.5.00.17656 (64-bit). It was last updated on 06/07/2022." - and it works for me, so yeah possibly the case that it's disabled group-wide. Jul 6 at 17:46
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    On my Teams Work I only have this option in 1to1 calls, not in meetings. It's of course possible that this is due to company restrictions though. Jul 7 at 13:47
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    What do the others see when you click on "Hold"? Jul 8 at 8:05
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    If it puts the whole call on hold then I'll have to change the accepted answer, I just want to individually be on hold
    – TeamDman
    Jul 8 at 21:37
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As mentioned, the app now has a built-in button for this.

Alternatively, opening the Settings > Devices > Make a test call option will place you in a call with yourself (putting the original on hold), then you can just hang up the test call.

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    The real MVP :)
    – sehe
    Jul 7 at 12:51
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    If the "hold" option in the menu is disabled by your company, they probably won't be happy about you working around it. Jul 7 at 20:13
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    @user2357112, the person who decided this (if it actually was a conscious decision) can be very far removed from the people in the meeting, who are who I would care about.
    – Carsten S
    Jul 8 at 10:21

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