Large Gallery, Together Mode and Focus

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Microsoft teams supports three new views designed for larger video meetings.

Large Gallery view shows up to 49 video streams in a 7x7 grid.

Large gallery view showing 49 videos at once

Together Mode shows up to 49 "cut-out" individuals in a simulated auditorium view.


Focus isolates your view to the shared content to remove distractions from other video feeds.

See below for instructions on activating each view:

Enable the New Meeting Experience


Update your client:
To use Large Gallery, Together Mode or Focus you must be on the latest version of the Teams client. Click your picture in the upper-right corner and select "Check for Updates"

Teams will check for the updates in the background. Give it about 5 minutes to see if there is a new version. You may need to restart your Teams client after this is complete.


Turn on the "New Meeting Experience"

Currently, you must manually enable the "New meeting Experience" to see Large Gallery and Together Mode. Click your profile picture, and select Settings.

  1. Select your profile picture at the top right of Teams, then Settings.

  2. On the General tab under Application, select Turn on new meeting experience. Then close Settings (select the X).

  3. Finally, restart Teams so the changes take effect.

    • On Windows, right-click the Teams icon in the taskbar > Quit. Then open Teams again.

    • On Mac, Ctrl+click the Teams icon > Quit. Then open Teams again.

What changes:

  • Meeting and call controls are at the top of the meeting or call window, instead of the bottom. They’re docked there so you always have access to them (without jiggling your mouse) and they’re out of the way of the content and video that’s being shared.

  • Large gallery view lets you see up to 49 video streams at once. This view is available when there are 10 or more attendees who are sharing video. To switch to large gallery, go to More options (…) in the meeting controls > Large gallery.

  • Together mode lets you feel like you’re in the same shared space with everyone in the meeting. It’s in the same menu as Large gallery, just below it.

  • Meeting notes are now taken directly on the meeting’s Meeting notes tab in the main Teams window. To access or take notes from within the meeting window, select More options (…) > Show meeting notes and you’ll see the usual side pane come up. In the pane, there is a Take notes button that brings you to the Meeting notes tab.




Large Gallery View

Enables you to see the videos of up to 49 other people at once. This option is available when at least ten people have their cameras turned on. 

Large gallery view showing 49 videos at once


To activate Large Gallery view, you must be in a meeting with ten or more attendees that have their cameras turned on. Go to the meeting's "More Options (...)" menu and select "Large Gallery"




Together Mode

Lets you feel like you're in the same shared space with everyone in the meeting. For now, there's one auditorium-style space, but more options are on the way. 

More seats will be automatically added to the virtual auditorium as more people join. 


To activate Together mode, you must be in a meeting with five or more attendees that have their cameras turned on. Go to the meeting's "More Options (...)" menu and select "Together Mode"




Available when content is being shared. This is the view to choose when you'd like to pay close attention to the content without the distraction of seeing people's video feeds.


Article ID: 121851
Fri 12/4/20 10:00 AM
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