Microsoft Teams is one of the most popular video meeting platforms globally. You can use the app to attend and manage online classes, work remotely, and so on. Teams supports many options that allow you to customize your meeting experience to suit your needs.
For example, you can use Gallery View to see all the participants. However, Gallery View may not be the right option for everyone. Not everybody wants to see what the other attendees are doing. Keep in mind that Gallery can take up a lot of bandwidth, especially when all the attendees have their cameras turned on.
Microsoft Teams: Can I Get Rid of Gallery View?
By default, the meeting view in Microsoft Teams is set to Gallery. There is no option to disable Gallery View altogether. You can only move the gallery to the side or top of the screen. Switching to Full screen mode doesn’t remove the Gallery sidebar.
Many users agree the current Gallery-focused meeting view is somewhat counter-intuitive. They want to be able to focus on content full screen without viewing their own name and video in the Gallery. While you can remove the other attendees from the Gallery, you can’t get rid of your own video which means that a lot of display space is wasted. If you use the list of participants on the right side of the screen, then Gallery becomes redundant.
Microsoft Makes Gallery View Permanent
Teams users have been asking Microsoft to make Gallery View optional for months. Unfortunately, the latest Teams app version rolled out in January 2022 has made Gallery permanent, to users’ despair. The Gallery option stays checked no matter what you do. It looks like the space-eating black pane is here to stay.
Microsoft has yet to explain the reasons behind this UI change ignoring fierce negative feedback from users.
Switch to a Different Video Meeting Platform
WebEx, Zoom, and other video meeting platforms out there support a clean full-screen view mode. If not being able to turn off Gallery View is such a deal-breaker for you, you may want to consider switching to a different service. Not being able to view a presentation on the whole screen can be really annoying.
There is no option to turn off Gallery View in Microsoft Teams; you cannot uncheck the box next to Gallery. The feature stays checked no matter what meeting view options you select. The only thing you can do is move the gallery to the side or top of the screen.
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