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How To Use Microsoft Teams

A beginner's guide to Microsoft Teams for Faculty

About Teams and Channels

Navigating Teams requires a degree of familiarity with its layout, but it is very intuitive once you understand how the different operations fit together. It is helpful to think of Microsoft Team as operating in layers.

  1. An organization gives users access to a Microsoft Teams account.
  2. Members within the organization have the ability to create Teams.
  3. Channels are topic-focused workspaces within a single Team.

Diagram depicting layered structure of teams with Teams branching from Organization, and Channels branching from Teams.

  • Navigate to the Teams interface in Microsoft Teams' left side menu.
  • Once you are in the Teams interface, you will see a menu of all of the Teams you are a member of.
    • Teams can appear in a List or Grid Layout, depending on your settings.
  • Each Team is made of up Channels, which divide Team activity up by topic, subject, etc.
    • The default Channel is General.
    • Anyone in a Team can add Channels unless the Owner changes Team settings.
  • Each Channel has Tabs for Posts, Files, and Apps.
    • The default Tabs are Posts and Files.
    • Anyone in a Team can add Tabs to a Channel unless the Owner changes Team settings.

Example of Teams page with arrows indicating Teams, Channels, and Tabs.