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Updated June 2023
Microsoft recently released the capability for users and organizations to have custom background images in Microsoft Teams meetings. This feature can be useful because instead of choosing from a predefined list of backgrounds, as seen below, you can now upload your own images to use.
We have been having a lot of fun uploading funny and amusing background images, but it got us thinking – is there a way to use Microsoft Teams background images for more than just a cool background? It turns out, our good friend Ruven Gotz already had this idea, so all credit for the concepts in this article goes to him.
Since we launched Orchestry, I have been having close to 30 meetings a week. They are often with people I’m reconnecting with after a long time or haven’t met before. So, I tend to share the following about myself:
Borrowing a cue from my friend Ruven, I created a Microsoft Teams background image which that covers all these points visually with a series of picture frames.
This personalized Microsoft Teams background image spurs conversations with people that I haven’t met and it has been a compelling way to connect on a personal level.
The instant that I jump onto a meeting, I find that people are actively looking at the photos behind me, asking questions and engaging. It’s an excellent way to form a personal and professional relationship in an instant, and in this new world where everything is remote, it makes a big difference.
Here are some other ideas that I have seen from others out there:
Creating your own Microsoft Teams background image is easy but you can also use the one that we use!
Simply download the template, choose the images that you want to use, and add them using a tool like Photoshop or Paint. The image is a pretty large size but this makes it easier to paste your own images in so you can personalize your background.
When you upload your background photo into Microsoft Teams and start a meeting you will find that looking at your background you think that it’s reversed (as you can tell by my perplexed face below!). Don’t worry; it won’t appear mirrored and will look correct to the other attendees in your meeting or event.