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How To Use Microsoft Teams

A beginner's guide to Microsoft Teams for Faculty

Create Channels and Tabs


  • Menu for adding Team channelChannels are topic areas within a team.
  • Create a channel by clicking the three dots next to a Team name, then select "Add Channel."
    • In the dialog box that pops up, enter the Channel name, Description, and select Privacy options.
    • Later, you can manage an existing channel by clicking the three dots next to a channel name and selecting "Manage Channel."
  • Within a Team, there can be many channels, and all Team members can create Channels by default, but this ability can be turned off by Team owner.
  • Members do not have to join Channels. Once a Channel is created, it is visible to everyone in the Team.
    • You may also create private channels that are only visible to members invited to the Channel.
  • Be descriptive when naming Team Channels so that all Members know what the topic is.
  • Members can adjust Channel notifications by right-clicking on a Channel name.
  • When you select a channel, you'll see the Channel name and Tabs appear at the top of your screen.

Create Tabs: Posts, Files, Apps

Circle indicating plus icon to create channel tab.Circle indicating where on file menu to make a file a channel tab in Teams.

  • Each Channel has its own distinct set of tabs that appear at the top of the screen when you select a Channel.
  • The default tabs are Posts and Files.
  • Add a new tab by clicking the plus icon next to Posts and Files, then browse available apps and choose one that fits your Team's needs in this channel.
  • You may also create a tab for individual files by clicking the three dots next to a filename under "Files" and selecting "Make This a Tab."