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Microsoft Teams – How to stop the giphy, memes, smiley and sticker madness!

My favorite Office 365 release of 2016 is definitely Microsoft Teams. In only a couple weeks, I have become a huge fan and was able to integrate Teams in our pre-sales and project process. The way we use Microsoft Teams at Sparked is going to get its own blog. So keep an eye out. One of the reasons I love Microsoft Teams is the fun factor. I am talking of course about giphy, smilies, stickers and memes. Let me show you an example.

The following screenshot contains a conversation with the fun factor. I asked a question to my colleagues about the availability of lunch before a Microsoft CIE session:

I applied a giphy as a response because I can. Shoot me, I love it. Giphy makes me laugh all the time. Just let me. So, how does this work? Very easy. Just click on the smiley icon in the conversation bar and the following screen appears:


You get a wide selection of stickers, memes, giphy and smilies. Recently a search bar got included to search through the endless archives of Giphy. I always thought I was pretty up-to-date with Internet stuff but I have to admit, I must have missed the Bummer Bert and Teamsquatch release.

I can imagine some people getting annoyed by all these “funny” conversations and replies. Don’t worry, you can turn the madness off! The Office 365 Administration Portal contains a couple options. Just go to Settings, Apps and Microsoft Teams:

Please don’t turn if off in the tenant though. Let people like me have some fun. We need it. Every Team has options to disable certain fun factors:


These settings allow you to find a balance in the giphy, memes, smiley and sticker madness.


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    January 3, 2017 at 4:24 pm

    […] Microsoft Teams – How to stop the giphy, memes, smiley and sticker madness! […]

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    April 26, 2017 at 9:18 am

    They really need to make the emojis smaller and stop animating them after a few seconds.

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    May 10, 2018 at 7:32 pm

    Do you have any idea How to upload custom gify or stickers?

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      Jasper Oosterveld
      May 14, 2018 at 8:51 am

      Unfortunately, that’s not possible. You should leave an idea at the Microsoft Teams Uservoice 🙂

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    said samadli
    August 9, 2018 at 7:49 pm

    It’s always 100 clicks aways. In Microsoft terms.. Just add freaking CTRL + ALT+ G [WORDS] for a shortcut to send a giphy.. or /G [WORDS]. why it has to be hard.. I hate clicks..

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      Daniel Lidström
      March 21, 2019 at 1:24 pm

      And I hate giphies. Please make it harder.

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    Joey de Vivre
    May 21, 2019 at 7:41 pm

    It’s a by-team only setting? Ugh. Should be an option at the client level. Let my simple-minded colleagues do whatever they want with GIFs, but I don’t want to see them myself.

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      February 10, 2021 at 10:16 pm


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    October 31, 2019 at 8:27 pm

    By the responses I can’t tell if an organization can remove certain emoji’s from Teams. I know these are playful but if hitting the smile with white teeth I accidentally hit the heart emoji and send it to someone within my organization I may have a call from HR. We just moved to Office 365 and are looking to filter which ones are shown.

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      February 10, 2021 at 10:17 pm

      I have the same fear as Mike.

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    May 20, 2020 at 5:34 pm

    WinKey + ; gets up the Windows Emoji keyboard, then you can insert any emoji you like in Teams Chat. These smileys don’t animate! ?

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    Glenn Worthman
    May 21, 2020 at 11:34 am

    The thumbs-up one gets used a lot, and it never stops animating. It’s like a remnant of the early 1990s internet. I’m A.D.D. and I can’t not look at it while I am trying to read important messages. Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel! Squirrel! …

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