Microsoft Teams 101: Using Reactions, Emojis, GIFs, Memes and Stickers in Chat

With emojis, GIFs, and stickers, you can bring your creative energy and sense of humor to group chats and one-on-one messages. These extras help to establish the tone and friendly intent in the absence of body language, facial expression, and the other benefits of in-person communication.

Reactions

The thumbs-up is a great way to quickly acknowledge a message from a colleague. This can keep things moving forward and productive.

The other reactions, love, laugh, wow, sad, and angry, are better for less formal messages and jokes. To react to a message in Microsoft Teams Chat, simply hover your mouse over the message and your reaction options will pop up above the top right corner of the message.

Emojis

Sometimes you want to express more than the menu of reactions allows. Enter emojis, small images used to express an idea or emotion. To insert an emoji, click on the smiley face under the “type a new message” box.

A grid of emoji options, like in the image below, will pop up. Click on the one you want to use.

You can even search for more emojis that don’t show up in the initial options.

GIFs

Although there is no consensus on how to pronounce it (some say “gift” without the T, some say “jif” like the peanut butter), everyone agrees that GIFs can add a lot to a chat conversation. A GIF is an image file that can be static or animated.

Microsoft Teams comes equipped with lots of GIFs that you can use to add expression to your chats. To add a GIF, click on the “GIF” image under the “type a new message” box.

Memes and Stickers

Want even more options to flavor your Microsoft Teams chats? Check out the memes and stickers.

A meme is an image, usually with text, that shares commentary on cultural symbols, social ideas, or current events. In Teams, you can create your own custom memes. The stickers available in Teams are, essentially, sophisticated emojis.

To add a custom meme or a sticker, click on the sticker image under the “type a new message” box.

Now that you know how to use reactions, emojis, GIFs, memes, and stickers in a chat, try them out in one of your less formal conversations in Teams!