Microsoft Teams is a collaborative communication platform that allows faculty, staff, and committee members to connect, chat, and collaborate effortlessly.
From file sharing to memes, private chats, Microsoft Teams has everything you need to bring a team to success.
This guide will cover a few of the basics for navigating Microsoft teams. You will learn how to:
- Start a conversation
- Schedule a meeting
- Reply to a post
- Share a file
- Perform a search
- Customize settings
And more! Continue reading to discover everything you need to know about navigating Teams.
When you enter Microsoft Teams, you may be prompted to select a Team. Choose your team.
Here are some quick directions on where and how to find important tools in Teams:
- The left navigation panel: Your first point of navigation within Microsoft Teams, sift through Private Chats, Teams Chat, Assignments, Calendar, Calls, Files, and discover other Microsoft apps.
- Channels: Depending on your team, you may have multiple of these. Pay attention to the channels as they are sort of like group chats for your team to collaborate on important files, dates, agendas, and more.
- The Channel Navigation Bar: At the top of the channel page, select Posts, Files, Notebooks, and other tabs that your team leader may have added to the chat. This is important for reviewing important information, files, or media posted in the different categories. Depending on your team, you may have just a few of perhaps many tabs within the channel navigation bar.
- Posts/Threads: In the Teams channel, someone may make a post, and others can reply to the post, notice the Reply button directly underneath each single post in the channel.
- New Conversation: Have a new idea you want to share with your team? Important announcements or just seeking some general advice or feedback regarding a project? Start a new conversation to get your team involved!
A team is a collection of people, conversations, files, and tools--- all in one place.
1. Select Teams and choose a team.
A channel is a discussion in a team, dedicated to a department, project or topic.
2. Pick a channel to explore Posts, Files and other tabs.
Click Schedule a meeting under the message box to schedule a team meeting. Microsoft Teams will open and allow you to schedule a video conference meeting instantly.
To get someone's attention, type @, then their name (or pick them from the list that appears).
Type @team to message everyone in a team or @channel to notify everyone who favorited that channel.
Click Sticker under the box where you type your message, then pick a meme or sticker from one of the categories. There are also buttons for adding an emoji or GIF.
Type a phrase in the command box at the top of the app and press Enter.
Then select the Messages, People, or Files tab.
Select at item or use the filters to refine your results.
Click Help on the left, then choose Topics, Training, or What's new.
In help, browse the tabs or search for a topic you're interested in.
Change your profile picture, update display settings, schedule out of office messages and so much more.
To access Teams settings, select your profile picture icon the the top right corner.
Select Manage account.
To change your profile picture, select Accounts, and click the profile icon.
Select Upload picture.
Tip: have your headshot or profile picture uploaded to your computer desktop, downloads, or OneDrive account for quick access.
Under General, you can change theme to light ot dark, change the chat density (how it appears on your screen), update layout, change language settings, and schedule out of office messages.
We hop this guide helped you master the fundamentals of navigating Microsoft Teams. Curious to learn more? Checkout Microsoft Teams Video Training.