Zoom and Microsoft Teams are some of the most popular remote collaboration services that are currently available on the market. Both of them offer features like whiteboards, screen sharing, HD audio, HD video and more which aim to make your workflow much simpler. Apart from these features, both the services give you the ability to use custom backgrounds and offer stock options as well.
One of the most popular custom backgrounds that are being used by a lot of Teams and Zoom users are clips and photos from the ‘The Office’.
If you are a fan of ‘The Office’ and are looking for some new and interesting backgrounds for your virtual meetings, then you have landed at the perfect place. We have compiled a list of some of the most quirky and fun backgrounds from the ‘The Office’ that we were able to find on the internet. Let’s get started.
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Why ‘The Office’ backgrounds?
I say why not! The Office is one of the most long-running and loved sitcoms that ever aired on TV. With comedy gurus like Steve Carell, Rainn Wilson, Ed Helms and more headlining the show, The Office has a lot of funny moments that both you and your colleagues will relate to.
It will help add a breath of fresh air to your everyday meetings on collaborative projects which will not only help boost the spirit of your team during difficult times but also lend to some fun and interesting conversations. Here are the top 15 backgrounds that we have picked out for you to get you started.
Download ‘The Office’ backgrounds
How to use GIF as a virtual background
Zoom and Microsoft Teams do not support GIF as your custom background during meetings and video calls but they do support video files in MP4 format. You can easily convert your selected GIF Zoom background to video using our simple guide at the link below.
► How to use GIF for Zoom background
We have included a few GIFs from ‘The Office’ above that you can try converting to video using this method. Zoom and Microsoft Teams automatically loop your video so you do not have to worry about your GIFs length at all.
Tip: In order to make the transition between your looping video a lot smoother, we advise you to attach a reversed clip of the same video at the end of your timeline before exporting it. This will make the first and last frame of your video identical to each other which will virtually hide the transition point for the loop in your background which in turn will ensure that your colleagues and meeting participants are not distracted by your background.
How to use a background on Microsoft Teams
Microsoft Teams does not natively allow you to add custom images as your background for virtual meetings and video calls. While the company had promised to add this feature in the initial rollout, it seems they need to tweak the system a bit more before this functionality is available to the masses.
Thankfully, there is a quick workaround that you can use to add your own custom backgrounds to Microsoft Teams. Follow our quick guide at the link for a guide on this.
► How to add your own virtual backgrounds on Microsoft Teams
Note: This workaround, currently only works with the desktop client for Microsoft Teams, so make sure you already have it installed on your system. If you do not, then follow this link to download it and get started.
Do you have MP4 backgrounds working in MSFT Teams? I’ve tried and failed. They shows up as “broken” images when browsing the background images. When I use a GIF, it shows up (moving) in the background browser, but results in a still background instead of moving.
Teams doesn’t officially support GIFs but they do work if you rename the file extension from GIF to JPG or PNG.
Then take a copy of the file and add _thumb to the end so you have two files like this:
Now copy them both into this location: %APPDATA%\Microsoft\Teams\Backgrounds\Uploads
You’ll now see the background as an option in Teams and it will display as animated.
Worked for me on 14th June 2022 using Version 1.5.00.14473 (64-bit) of Teams.
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