Video: Get your team up and running

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To ensure your team is up and running in Microsoft Teams, design a team, create people, and insert channels.

Create a team

  1. Click Teams > Join or create a team. This is where you make your own team, or locate current ones.
  2. Pick Create a new team, and then choose Build a team from scratch or press Create from… to develop a completely new team or design from an established group respectively.
  3. Click Private if you’d like people to ask for permission to join, or choose Public if anyone in your organisation can join.
  4. Label the team and append an optional, short description.
  5. Click Create.
  6. Insert members. You can create people, groups, or even whole contact groups. If you must append people from beyond your organisation, use their e-mail address to invite them as guests. Create a welcoming display name for them too.
  7. Once you’re done adding members, press Add and then Close.

Note: If you’re a global administrator, consider creating an org-wide team that automatically adds everyone in your organisation.

Create a channel

Intuitively, every team gets a General channel, which is an ideal channel to depend on for announcements and information the whole team needs. To append more channels:

  1. Click Select to see more options More options… next to the team name.
  2. Press Add channel.
  3. Type a name and description for your channel. You can develop a channel relating to a topic, project, department name, or whatever you like.
  4. Choose Automatically show this channel in everyone’s channel list if you want this channel to be instantly noticeable in everyone’s channel list.
  5. Click Add.

Customise and manage your team

  1. Pick Select to see more options More options… beside the team name.
  2. Choose Manage team to discover MembersChannelsSettings, and Apps for your team all in one place.
  3. Press Settings > Team picture to create a team picture and give your team some personality.

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