Tame your computer - hands up!

In her regular series for Cambridge Network members - now in its 15th year - software training expert Karen Roem offers handy tips to help you 'Tame your computer'. This week she describes how to quickly raise your virtual hand during a meeting (MS Teams).

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As the pandemic put an end to face-to-face training, I took my sessions online and developed a series of 60-minute webinars, making it easy to fit around busy schedules. Like so many others I haven’t been in an office since February last year and I really miss the banter and chats in the kitchenette and the interaction with delegates in the training room.

As I feel nonverbal communication is very important during training, I encourage people to keep their cameras on (CTRL + SHIFT + O). But did you spot you can also express your emotions using the new Teams Meeting Live Reactions, such as Like, Heart, Applause, Laugh and Raise hand?

That said, it can be a bit of a faff to hover over its button (third from the left in the meeting controls in the right-hand corner) and wait for the flyout. So if all you want to do is quickly raise your hand or respond to a question such as “Can I see a show of hands how many of you miss working in an office” why not use a shortcut instead.

Here’s how:

1.       CTRL + SHIFT + K : raise your hand

2.       CTRL + SHIFT + K : lower your hand

Anyone who raised their hand will have a hand next to their name. And everyone in the meeting will see that you've got your hand up.

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By the way, if you prefer face-to-face training … I have reopened classroom training for up to two people per session. And remember, we never cancel classes due to insufficient enrolments, so if you’re lucky you might have a one-to-one session. I will also continue to deliver the ever-growing list of 60-minute webinars, inspired by your real-life questions, addressing day-to-day tasks and frustrations.

See the course schedule here or the webinar schedule here.

I am also running comprehensive Excel courses in conjunction with Cambridge Network's Learning Collaboration:


I meticulously test every tip I write to make sure it is correct, easy to understand and time-saving. Let me know if something isn't clear or doesn't work.

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Unless stated otherwise, the steps are written about Microsoft 365 using Windows 10.

15 March 2021

Karen Roem offers software training and support through her company Roem Ltd.  Contact her by email (Karen@roem.co.uk) or visit her website at www.roem.co.uk

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