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Add option to make emoticons smaller or be turned off

Would like the ability to turn off all emoticons. Every chat application I've ever used (Skype, Lync, Slack, Hipchat) allow this option. Or/and make the emoticons smaller.

It would also be nice to have the option to minimize an emoji or resize an emoji within the chat feed once a user has posted it. Currently ‘edit’ or ‘delete’ is available per message, possiblly if ‘minimize’ or ‘collapse’ option would make this possible? This would enable the viewer of the feed to create their own visual experience/not have to look at emoji if they don’t want to.

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partially done  ·  Warren responded  · 

The ability to turn off emojis is still being worked upon.

Also, there is work to create a compact mode which will also help reduce white space… which in turn will impact some of the complaints are far as wasted space from the emojis as well, that have been voiced in the comments.

Stay tuned for more details.


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  • Marty Coopes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Any update on this? Noticed in virtual environments if for whatever reason someone sends an abnormal amount of emoji's will basically consume all of the CPU, or just crash the client. Seems like it should be straight forward fix.

  • Mihai Bazon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Just to confirm, I wrote a Greasemonkey script to turn off animated emoji and the high CPU usage disappeared. If you want to see the horror, you should use Inspect Element on an animated emoticon; little wonder the browser has to work so much for that animation. Beware: what you shall see cannot be unseen.

  • Mihai Bazon commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm using Teams in Firefox (Linux) and it's horribly slow, staying at 50% CPU usage even when idling and the window is not visible. I suspect animated emoji have something to do with this.

  • Craig commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    2 years and 4 months and this issue still isn't fixed? I agree with the majority of points made up to now... they are too big, intrusive, unprofessional and need to be altered... simple options to 'keep as they are', 'reduce to normal size' or 'turn off' would I'm sure be welcomed... when will progress be made on this?

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    2+ years since the original request. The sluggishness of reacting to pretty simple blocking-and-tackling requests is ... disheartening.
    Simple emojis is a pretty obvious thing users would want. Stop distracting me with constant movement on the screen that adds no value except cuteness that wears off in a few seconds.

  • KL commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Animated emoji are cognitively inaccessible. Please refer to WCAG success criterion 2.2.2.

  • Mike Devine commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    adding to the opinion that the emojis should be smaller and not animated. and if there can be a per-user setting to manage their appearance, that would be nice. Let some people see big animated ones if that floats their boat, but let me configure the "small without animation" look that will make this tool better.

  • Cathy Rodriguez commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Must be embarrassing to offer an application that purports to be for business yet includes a "feature" that automatically turns text into teenage emoticons - and NOT have a way to turn that feature off.

  • Nick commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please add the option to hide them like in Skype. It makes Teams look like a program for kids, not for work. And scrolling through them to get to the actual content is highly distracting. The few options in Settings versus those in Skype for Business seems to show this program is not ready for the mainstream even though it is being forced upon everyone.

  • fool commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    some of us prefer to use old school =) or :o without colorful smileys attempting to capture our emotions. Its appalling to think that simple text cannot suffice... :P

  • Jim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I don't mind the emoji's but the size of manually typed ones are too large, and searching from a menu defeats the impromptu aspect of using these, too. I'd choose no emoji's if a menu were the only alternative.

  • Justme commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agree, animated emojis are annoying in a workspace. Well, they are always annoying, but here they are also nonsense.
    And yes, they are far too big.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Teams is a business messaging system, not an app for pre-preschoolers.

    I don't want it automatically replacing what I type with emojis, especially not big, animated ones - these get in the way of communicating effectively and professionally with my colleagues.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Due to the issue that different people had vastly different interpretations of some popular emojis, we would like to have the option to turn them off for certain agencies that are in our single government tenant. Primarily due to the issue that our content is subject to FOIA requests and limiting the content's interpretation is the underlying issue.

  • Andy commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    seriously just remove animated emjojis, how is that something you actually want in a work messaging system?

  • Sean Ellis commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    @Warren refers to the "compact mode" thread as a possible workaround for not implementing this option.

    So far, it has been in "working on it" state for over 18 months but we have not seen any prototypes, plans, ETA, sketches, descriptions or any evidence of progress.

    The commment thread is here - - please visit, and vote for it, and perhaps we might see some movement.

  • Julie commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would love the ability to turn off or pause emojis. I like emojis, but all that movement is distracting.

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