In this post, we’re peeling back the layers 😀 on an engaging and fun feature of Microsoft Teams Chat called “stickers”. They’re a creative and playful way to express emotions or share ideas. So, let’s dive in and explore what stickers are, why they’re beneficial, and how to use them on desktop and mobile devices.
What Are Stickers?
Stickers in Microsoft Teams are animated images or cartoons that you can send in your chats to add a bit of fun and personality to your messages. They’re more extensive and detailed than emojis; many have captions to convey a specific message or feeling.
Why Are Stickers a Good Idea?
- Expressive: Stickers are a fun and creative way to express emotions or ideas that can sometimes be hard to put into words.
- Engagement: They add a touch of personality and humour to your chats, making them more engaging and interactive.
- Diversity: Microsoft Teams offers a wide range of stickers, allowing you to choose one that best fits your message or emotion.
How to Use Stickers in Microsoft Teams Chat
Step 1: Open a chat and click on the sticker icon (next to the emoji icon) in the bottom toolbar of the message box.
Step 2: A pop-up window will appear with various sticker packs. Choose a pack and then select the sticker you want to use.
Step 3: Click on the sticker to add it to your message box. You can add text to your message if you wish. When you’re ready, hit ‘Enter’ to send your message.
Step 1: Open the Microsoft Teams app and navigate to the chat where you want to send a sticker.
Step 2: Tap on the sticker icon (next to the emoji icon) on the left of the text box.
Step 3: Scroll through the stickers or select a sticker pack, then tap on the sticker you want to use.
Step 4: The sticker will be added to your text box. You can also add text, and then tap the ‘Send’ button.
Here are a few more tips to enhance your experience while using stickers in Microsoft Teams:
- Use Stickers to Lighten the Mood: If you sense the conversation is becoming too tense or if your team is under a lot of stress, a well-chosen sticker can help lighten the mood and bring a smile to your team members’ faces.
- Stickers for Appreciation: Microsoft Teams has “Thank You” and “Well Done” stickers. Use these to show your appreciation towards team members. A little recognition can go a long way in boosting morale and encouraging teamwork.
- Preview before Sending: Always preview the sticker before sending it. Make sure it conveys the right message and is appropriate for the workplace.
- Cultural Sensitivity: Remember, your team may be multi-cultural, and what’s funny or usual in one culture may not be understood or may even be offensive in another. Always consider this when choosing your sticker.
- Less is More: While stickers can be fun and engaging, overuse can take away their impact and even become annoying. Use them sparingly for the right situations.
- Understand the Platform’s Policies: Every platform has its policies and guidelines for using features like stickers. Ensure you understand and abide by these to maintain a respectful and professional environment.
Remember, stickers enhance your message, not a replacement for clear and open communication. Use them wisely, and have fun!