Skype for Business meetings are quite common nowadays. These meetings can go on for a long time and have many participants. Everyone is not speaking at all times. Most people are on mute. But what about the person who is speaking? While speaking, suddenly, there is a noisy interruption – cough, sneeze, someone barging in and talking loudly, phone ringing, etc. Most participants are using headphones. Imagine being sneezed right into your ear. Excruciatingly disgusting. So here is a shortcut you must remember Windows key and F4. It works even when Skype for Business is not the current application. It works irrespective of which application you are currently in – typically PowerPoint, Excel or whatever else. Practice pressing Windows + F4 several times to make it into an instant reflex action. This will prevent you from torturing the participants with unexpected loud sounds.
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If you mute and unmute too often, are you not worried about others hearing this muting sound? Do not worry. Other’s cannot hear the muting sound. It is just for you to hear so that you are sure that the Mute shortcut worked. Unmuting does not have a sound associated with it. Sometimes you may unmute and not realize that the mic is on. Avoid such a situation. How? If in doubt press Windows + F4 agian. If you were on mute, no sound will come. If your mic was ON, you will hear the mute sound. Now decide what you want to do
Another practical use for Windows + F4 is answering while on mute. When you ask a question to someone who is on mute, you will notice a significant delay before the answer comes. Why is that? Because the muted person may not have SFB as the active application. Alternatively, that person is viewing your presentation in full screen mode. In either case the Mic mute / unmute button is not immediately accessible. The delay in response is due to that person struggling to find the unmute button! Now, using Windows + F4 you can reply instantly.