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When stuck working from home and need to hold a video conference Microsoft teamsyou can hide your dirty house with a new virtual background.

First, make sure you have the latest version of Teams. Inside the app, click on your profile icon in the upper right corner and select the “Check for Updates” button. You can keep running while the app checks and downloads any available updates.

Update Microsoft commands

Change the background image

Start a video call. If you want another person to see your background before they can change it, click the camera icon to turn off the video. On the toolbar, select the “Other Actions” icon – similar to an ellipse. Then in the menu that appears, select “Show background effects”.

Command settings menu

The Background Settings page presents a selection of wallpapers. Scroll down to view all the embedded images and select the one you want to try. Click the “Preview” button, and a thumbnail of the video will appear in the background.

Background command settings

If you find it works, click “Apply and Enable Video.” Just like below Increase, the person who comes at the end of the call will be introduced to the new virtual background.

Background video commands

Upload your own image

Microsoft this week finally rolled out a way to upload custom images to the background of your commands. Previously, you had to upload your own images to the appropriate folder on your computer and then select the image you wanted during the video call.

Now, before you start the meeting, press the button Background effects button to the right of the microphone switch. A window will appear that allows you to replace the background with your own image.

Background effects button in Microsoft commands(Image: Microsoft)

To change the background image during a call, press the three-point ellipse button in the menu and select Show background effects > Add a new one and select a .JPG, .PNG, or .BMP file from your computer. You can preview the image before participants see it.

Add your own image during the meeting(Image: Microsoft)

Try to consider which images are most suitable for use in Teams video calling. For colleagues you work with every day, it can be fun to be more creative, but for executives and clients you probably want something more professional. (If you need ideas, we will composed several intricate Zoom options that can also work on commands.)

Custom team backgrounds

Further reading

Video conferencing software reviews

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