How to turn mic and camera on/off in a video call on Windows 10

Windows 11 has a new feature that allows users to move and remove their mics by tapping the spacebar. This feature is only available for Microsoft Teams and will eventually be available for other apps. It’s not clear when that will happen but so far, the feature is going to come to Windows 11 and not to Windows 10.

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Turn mic and camera on / off in video call

If you want to install a universal shortcut on Windows 10 that can turn the mic and camera on or off, you need a third – party app. The app needs to be able to control both the mic and the camera at OS level or at app level. PowerToys has recently added a feature that does just that.

PowerToys: turn mic and camera on / off in video call

PowerToys has been receiving regular updates with new features and universal mute / unmute keyboard shorts, and universal on / off shortcuts for webcam were added sometime in October .

  1. Download and install PowerToys from Github.
  2. Open PowerToys options.
  3. Go to the Video Conferencing tab.
  4. Turn on the Enable On video conference mute switch.

After you enable the feature, you need to set it up for use in the video conferencing tool that you use regularly. You can set it up for use in multiple devices if you need to use more than one device per day. For this, we use Zoom as an example.

  1. Open Zoom.
  2. Go to app settings.
  3. Select Tools.
  4. Open the Mic drop and select PowerToys Video Conference Mute.
  5. Apply the change.
  6. Repeat for all conference tools.

How it works

PowerToys Video Conferencing Tool will add a toolbar to the desktop when using the mic or webcam. You can reset where the toolbar appears from the PowerToys settings. The toolbar will tell the status of the son and the webcam ie, if it is silent or not.

  • To build both a mic and a webcam, use the Win + N keyboard shortcut.
  • To pick up the mic, use the Win + Shift + keyboard shortcut.
  • To build the webcam, use the Win + Shift + O keyboard shortcut.

You can change these summaries from PowerToys settings if they conflict with other desktop applications.


Video conferencing has become a key part of the routine of many people. Many video conferencing devices have been adding new features to keep up with these requirements but not all of them have a shortcut to mute or mute their son. . Most laptops and keyboards have a key for muting speakers but nothing for the son, and certainly nothing for a camera. PowerToys are probably the best solution that can work with most, if not all, popular video conferencing devices.

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