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How to use breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams

Breakout rooms allow you to create separate rooms within a larger meeting in Microsoft Teams. The feature just became available in preview. Here's how to use it.

Breakout room support was one of the most anticipated features for Microsoft Teams. The feature allows you to split off into separate submeetings while still being attached to a larger main meeting. Organizers can jump around between meetings, assign people to different meetings, and send announcements to everyone at once. When it's time to wrap up, an organizer can call everyone back into the main meeting. The feature recently rolled out in preview, and we've had some time to test it out. Here's how to set up and use breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams.

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How to set up breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams
  1. Download Microsoft Teams.
  2. Start a meeting within Microsoft Teams.
  3. Click the Breakout rooms icon within your meeting.

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Source: Windows Central
  4. Select how many breakout rooms you'd like to create.
  5. Select Create Rooms.

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Source: Windows Central

Now that you have breakout rooms open, you can assign people to rooms, rename rooms, and move people around.

How to rename breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams
  1. Hover over the room you want to rename and click the "..." icon.
  2. Select Rename room.

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Source: Windows Central
  3. Enter the new name for your room.
  4. Select Rename room.

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Rename

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Rename Source: Windows Central
How to organize breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams

You can assign people to specific rooms and move them between rooms.

  1. Click Assign participants.

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Assign

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Assign Source: Windows Central
  2. Select the person or people that you'd like to assign to a room.

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Assign

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Assign Source: Windows Central
  3. Click Assign and select the room you'd like to assign them to.

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Assign

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Assign Source: Windows Central

You can repeat the steps above to assign someone to a different breakout room at any time.

How to switch breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams

As the organizer of a meeting, you can jump into any breakout room that you'd like.

  1. Hover over the room you want to rename and click the "..." icon.
  2. Select Join room.

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Join

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Join Source: Windows Central
How to send an announcement to breakout rooms in Microsoft Teams

While you can jump into any breakout room to share things with people, you can use an announcement if you need to reach everyone at once across all breakout rooms.

  1. Click the "..." menu for the breakout rooms.

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Announcement

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Announcement Source: Windows Central
  2. Enter your announcement and press Send.

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Announcement

    Microsoft Teams Breakout Rooms Announcement Source: Windows Central

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