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How do I use the chat, reactions and polls? | Teams Meetings

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During a session there are several ways to communicate without using your microphone. You can chat, raise your hand or send a quick reaction.


  1. Click Chat in the navbar.
  2. Type your message.
  3. Click on the paperclip to upload a file and share it in the chat.
  4. Click on the arrow to send your message.

Here you can find more information about chatting in a Teams meeting.

The organiser of the meeting decides if the chat function is enabled or not. If it is enabled, the organiser can also decide if the chat function is only active during the meeting or also before and after the meeting. (If the chat is only active during the meeting, you can still consult it afterwards but you can no longer add new messages.)

Raising your hand in a meeting

In a meeting you can virtually raise your hand. You can use this to indicate that you want to ask a question, for example.

  1. Click Raise in the navbar.  
  2. This number shows the order of handraisers.

Giving a quick reaction

You can show appreciation or approval without saying anything by giving a quick reaction. Teams Meetings knows five quick reactions: 'Like', 'Love', 'Applause', 'Laugh', and 'Surprised'.

  1. Click React.
  2. Choose the reaction you want to give.


Lecturers can start a poll during a session. They can use it to ask students to respond to a statement or answer a question, for example.

  1. Select an answer.
  2. Click Submit.

Your lecturer may have chosen for different poll settings than in this example.

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