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Can a meeting organizer mute all participants before a meeting starts?

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Christine Green
Occasional Contributor

Is it possible to start a meeting with all participants muted? It seems that after five participants, the rest are muted. Would also like to be able to avoid feedback noise at the start of the meeting and have the video and mic turned off by default when the meeting is started. Thanks!

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AFAIK, Mute all participants is not yet in Teams...you only have the option to mute individual meeting attendees

This is ridiculous.  its been now years since this request was placed and this feature still missing.  They must have kids working on these platforms with no sense of basic business needs and no experience.  that is how it feels from our end.  dedicate a team for the basics of business needs and then add all the other toys you want.  But the basics must be solid.  These issues cause people to want to leave the product and spend more money on other platforms unnecessarily.

@Christine Green - to make this even more fun, last week I muted an attendee and did not have the option to unmute them, after that my only option was to remove them from the meeting altogether.

I believe that is the default. The end user is notified they have been muted. The person must unmute themselves when ready to speak. It would be a bit wild/unacceptable to unmute someone that wants to remain private while talking to someone privately....

you can always send a quick message to the person to unmute, and they can hear you as well...

I “guess” what you also meant was that the participant couldn’t unmute him/herself either! At least I’ve heard this scenario before! Otherwise you’re correct

@Christine Green 

Totally right on this one! This no default mute setting makes the start of every meeting with 5+ people a nightmare trying to figure out who is causing the feedback. Great for people who love high pitched ringing!

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