How to Fix Microsoft Teams Full Screen Not Working [2024]

Written By Steven Arends

Full-screen mode lets you focus on the presenter. It is an awesome feature that subtracts the speaker from others to help you to see or listen to what the presenter represents. Like you are watching a presentation of large piles of codes, full-screen mode helps you to read them easily.

However, Microsoft once removed the full screen from the meeting and introduced the Focus mode. It was almost 80% similar to the full-screen method. But people don’t seem to like that as it didn’t fulfill the users’

But you know what? Teams have brought back the full-screen mode on the newer update. So from there, you can use the feature.

In this article, I’ll guide you through the process that you can utilize to use the full-screen mode. So without any further due, let’s dive in.

How to Enable Full Screen on Microsoft Teams

Before hopping on the main procedure, let me share some important information. In 2020, Microsoft decided to remove the full-screen feature in meetings; no one knows why! Instead of the feature, they introduced the Focus mode.

But users didn’t welcome that feature as it didn’t meet their expectations. However, there were tweaks in the app settings menu where users can enable the previous version feature, such as the full-screen mode. It was one of the full-screen enabling methods that users could use.

Recently the update (Teams version that I’m using right now brings back the full-screen feature, along with the Focus on content feature. You can now use the full-screen mode right from the meeting window.

By implementing both of the features, you can focus on the content that the presenter shows without any distraction. When you enable the Focus on content, it will minimize all the members’ faces from the bottom and expand the slide or content for better visibility.

If you want further focus and an absolutely distraction-free watching experience, enable the full-screen mode. It will maximize the screen even more.

Here is how you can enable full-screen on Teams meetings:

  • Join any Teams meeting.
  • Click on the three-dots More menu.
  • Select Full screen. three-dots-fullscreen

Another method to maximize Microsoft Teams shared screen is by enabling the Focus Mode on Teams. Once you enable the mode, Teams automatically hides other participants’ sharings and even their faces. You can have better concentration on the speaker’s sharings in this manner.

You can enable the Focus on content from the same contextual menu. But you can only use the feature when someone shares any content such as slides, documents, or videos.

Follow our guide to fix Teams not working on WiFi.

Here are the steps to enable the Focus on content in Teams meetings:

  • Join the session you want to attend first.
  • Click on the three-dots More menu.
  • Select Focus on content.three-dots-focus-on-content

Your Teams app must be outdated if you don’t see the Full screen button inside meetings. So you must update your Teams app to use the feature.

Here are the steps to update MS Teams:

  • Launch the Teams app on your computer.
  • Click on the three dots from the top right corner.
  • Select Check for updates. teams-three-dots-check-for-updates

Also, follow our guide on how to Microsoft Teams: How to Adjust Camera Brightness 

Can You Hide Gallery in Teams Meetings

When you join or host a meeting, you must have noticed that all the participants are displayed in a gallery view. By default, the meeting mode is set to gallery mode, and you can’t hide it.

Even though you switch to full-screen mode, the gallery sidebar still exists there. The only thing that you can do is move the gallery sidebar to the side or top of the screen.

Many users believe that the present meeting perspective, which focuses on the Gallery, is quite counter-intuitive. They want to focus on material without being distracted by their own name and video in the Gallery.

While you may remove other guests from the Gallery, you cannot delete your own video, wasting a lot of display area. Gallery becomes obsolete if you utilize the list of participants on the right side of the screen.

You will see the Gallery option signed as marked. When you click on it, nothing happens. three-dots-gallery In upcoming updates, Microsoft may allow users to disable the gallery feature.

Frequently Asked Questions

How do I get Microsoft teams out of the full screen?

Tap the same button again to exit full-screen mode. You will find that at the bottom of the Teams pane.

How do I expand my team screen?

You can use your keyboard or mouse to make the Teams interface bigger or smaller. It is the same as resizing your browser. There is a dedicated maximize button on the meeting window that you can use to maximize the most.

How do you fix a zoomed-in screen on a team?

Press both the Ctrl and zero (0) keys for Windows or the Command and zero (0) keys for Macs to reset zoom back to 100 percent in Teams.

The Bottom Line

There you go!

You can enable Teams full screen sharing from the meetings settings; you must update the app first. Select the three-dots More button and select Full screen. That’s it!

If you have any questions and thoughts regarding this article, feel free to share them in the comment section. We will be delighted to help you with that.

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About The Author
Steven Arends is a computer science graduate and tech enthusiast with over 10 years of experience in the field. He has a vast collection of computer hardware and loves exploring the latest advancements. As a contributing author to 10Scopes, Steven shares his expertise to make the world of technology more accessible and easier to understand for all readers.

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