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How to mute yourself in any video call app

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Since the pandemic started two years ago, video conferencing calls have been part of our daily work life — and they’re not going away.

The best part about working from home is that I can snack, or belt out my favorite tune while attending a meeting. But I don’t need other people on the call to hear all that — and neither do you.

There are several ways to quickly mute yourself while using any desktop video calling apps, including using keyboard shortcuts and handy apps. Let’s go.

Keyboard shortcuts

These shortcuts are handy when you quickly want to mute/unmute yourself on a call without having to look for the mic icon and click on it.

  Mac Windows
Zoom Command(⌘)+Shift+A Alt+A
Google Meet Command+D Ctrl+D
Microsoft Teams Command+Shift+M Ctrl+Shift+M
Slack Huddles Command+Shift +Space Ctrl+Shift +Space


While these are the most common video calling apps, you might want a simple solution so that you don’t have to remember these shortcuts when switching between services. There’s an app for that.

If you’re using Windows, you can install Microsoft’s free PowerToys utility package that allows you to mute your microphone any time you want.

By default, you have to use Windows+Shift+A keys to do that, but you can change the shortcut to any combination through the Settings menu under ‘Video Conference Mute.’

PowerToys lets you easily customize shortcuts for turning your mic and camera on/off.