Send and read messages in Teams

Send and read messages in Teams

Chat makes it easy to send and read messages, so you can quickly share information with your teammates.

Start a conversation on the Conversation tab in Teams.

Send a message

Select New chat Chat icon in Teams. at the top of the app to start a new conversation.

Type the name or names into the To field at the top of your new chat.

Compose your message in the box at the bottom of the chat. To open your formatting options, select Format  Format button in Teams beneath the box.

Select Format to expand the box.

When you're ready, select Send Send a message icon. . Everyone who has access to the chat can see your message.

Note: Right now, Teams doesn’t let you message yourself. A chat message needs to be sent to another team member.

Send more messages

Once the chat has begun (whether group or one-on-one), just click it in the chat list to dip back into it and send more messages.

Name your group chat so you can find it.

Edit or delete a sent message

You can edit or delete any message that you have sent to a chat or channel. Go to the message and select More options  More options button > Edit or Delete. Press Enter to save the update.

Edit or delete a message in Teams

When you receive a message, there are several actions you can take on that message. Read on to learn more.

Mark a message as saved or unread

If you want to remember to read a message later, you can mark it as unread or saved. Go to the top of the message and select More Options More options button > Save this message or Mark as unread.

Mark a message as saved or unread

To see a list of your saved messages, select your profile picture at the top of Teams, then choose Saved.

Say more with a reaction

You can quickly respond to any message with an emoji reaction. To get to the full set, hover over a message and select the one you want. Then, watch it appear in the upper-right corner of the message.

A cursor hovers over a message in Teams to show the emoji reactions menu.

Improve the readability

If you need to translate or read text out loud, try the following options:

Send a message

Tap Chat Open chat button > New chat New chat button and type the name of the person or people you want to chat with. Then compose your message and tap Send Send button .

When you receive a message, there are several actions you can take on that message.

Mark a message as unread or saved

If you want to remember to read a message later, you can mark it as unread or saved. For chat messages, press and hold on the message and select Save this message or Mark as unread.

Add an emoji reaction to a message

You can quickly respond to any message with an emoji reaction. Tap and hold the message you’d like to add a reaction to. Then, select the reaction you want, and watch it appear in the upper-right corner of the message.

Note: Right now, Teams doesn’t let you message yourself. A chat message needs to be sent to another team member.

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