Microsoft Teams Resources

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Quick start

With Microsoft Teams on your PC, Mac, or mobile device, you can:

  • Pull together a team.
  • Use chat instead of email.
  • Securely edit files at the same time.
  • See likes, @mentions, and replies with just a single tap.
  • Customize it by adding notes, web sites, and apps.
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Intro to Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration app that helps your team stay organized and have conversations—all in one place. Here's a quick look at the left hand side of Teams.

  • Teams - Find channels to belong to or create your own. Inside channels you can hold on-the-spot meetings, have conversations, and share files.
  • Meetings - See everything you’ve got lined up for the day or week. Or, schedule a meeting. This calendar syncs with your Outlook calendar.
  • Calls - In some cases, if your organization has it set up, you can call anyone from Teams, even if they’re not using Teams.
  • Activity - Catch up on all your unread messages, @mentions, replies, and more.

Use the command box at the top to search for specific items or people, take quick actions, and launch apps.

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Set up and customize your team

To get your team up and running in Microsoft Teams, create a team, add people, and add channels.


Collaborate in teams and channels

In Microsoft Teams, teams are groups of people brought together for work, projects, or common interests.

Teams are made up of channels. Each channel is built around a topic, like “Team Events,” a department name, or just for fun. Channels are where you hold meetings, have conversations, and work on files together.

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Work with posts and messages

Create and format a post to start a conversation in a channel.


Upload and find files

Anywhere in Teams, look for the paperclip icon Select to attach a file. to Attach a file. Alternately:

  • Go to the Files tab.
  • Select Upload.
  • Select single or multiple files from device computer or OneDrive for Business account.
  • Select Open.
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Start chats and calls

With chat, you can have private one-on-one or group conversations that are not in the public team channel. And with calls, you can make calls or check your history or voicemail.

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Manage meetings

Join a Microsoft Teams meeting from your calendar, via dial-in number and conference ID, or sign in as a guest on the web.

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Set up and attend live events

Teams live events is an extension of Teams meetings, enabling you to produce events for large online audiences with more control over video, audience interaction, and reporting.

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Explore apps and tools

Tabs let you highlight the apps, services, and files your team cares about right at the top of a channel, so everyone in your team can get to them.

Every channel comes with three tabs by default:

  • Conversations - where your team posts messages and replies, holds meetings, and shares files.
  • Files - helps your team store, find, and co-edit all the documents that have been uploaded to that channel.
  • Wiki - use to draft documents, track meeting notes, and collaborate in real time.
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Manage team schedules with Shifts

Shifts in Microsoft Teams is a schedule management tool that helps you create, update, and manage schedules for your team.
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Manage your activity feed

Select Activity Activity button to see your Activity feed--a summary of everything that's happened in the team channels you follow.

  1. Select the Filter icon Filter button .
  2. In the menu that pops up, select what type of notifications you want to see.
  3. Select X to close the filter.

For a more specific feed, go to the Feed menu and select My activity. You'll see a list of everything you've been up to lately in Teams.

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Teams on the go

Your Activity feed is a summary of everything that's happened in the team channels you follow. You can get caught up with everything fast.

  1. Select Activity Activity button to see your Activity feed.
  2. Bold messages have not been read. Select any to read the message.
  3. Select the back arrow to return to the Activity feed.
  4. Select Filter Filter button to show only certain types of messages such as unread messages, @mentions, replies, and likes.
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Get started with Teams (free)

Invite people to the free version of Microsoft Teams to get started with your team.

  1. Select Invite others to your org.
  2. You have three choices:
    • Copy link: Create a link and share where you want like pasting in an email.
    • Invite your contacts: Invite people from your contact list.
    • Invite by email: Send an invite to any email address.