After a long wait, Microsoft Teams now lets you watch video streams of everyone in a meeting at the same time. In most cases it will be everyone, but unfortunately very large teams can still be unlucky – Microsoft now limits support to 49 participants, a leap forward from the previous 9.
To enable this new layout, click the “…” icon in the upper right corner of a Teams meeting. Choose “Large Gallery” from the menu that appears to enable extended support for attendees.
If selected, Teams will display up to 49 participants in a 7×7 grid on your screen. The grid is dynamically scaled depending on the actual number of guests – it starts at 2×2, then 3×3, followed by the new layouts 4×5, 6×5 and 7×7. Teams automatically adjust the size of the grid as people join and leave.
As with previous limits for four and nine speakers, Teams chooses people to display based on whether their camera is turned on and whether they’ve spoken recently. If you do end up in a meeting with more than 49 people, people turn the network on and off based on who contributes the most.
If you don’t see the Large Gallery option, make sure there are actually more than 10 people in the meeting. It will only become available when at least 10 people have their camera turned on. There’s no way to turn on Grand Gallery at the beginning of the meeting, so remember to turn it on yourself once the eleventh attendee has added.