Use a screen reader to create new teams in Microsoft Teams

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Use Microsoft Teams with your keyboard and JAWS screen reader to seamlessly create or join a team.  Microsoft Teams is where all your team conversations, meetings, files, and notes will come together.

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Create a new team

  1. On opening the app, press Alt+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. Press Tab until you hear "List box, create a team".

  5. Press Enter. You hear: "Dialog, create your team".

  6. Enter a name into the Team name textbox, this is required.

  7. Tab to the next field, you hear: "Enter team description". This is optional.

  8. Tab until you hear "Privacy button menu, private".

  9. If you would like your team to be discoverable to everyone in your organization, press Enter followed by the Down arrow key until you hear "Public". Press Enter to keep that option or press Esc to revert to "Private".

  10. Press Tab until you hear "Next button".

  11. Wait until you hear "Dialog, add members to <name of team>".

  12. Press Tab until you hear "Add members, edit type and text".

  13. Type the name of a team member. You will hear your screen reader say "Search results updated".

  14. Use the Down arrow and Up arrow to navigate through the people matching the name you entered to find your team member.

  15. Press Enter to select them to be added to your list of members. You will hear "<name> added to list". Repeat steps 13 through 15 to add more members.

  16. Once you've chosen all the team members you want to add, press Tab until you hear "Add button".

  17. Press Enter. You will hear: "All selected users were successfully added to <team name>".

  18. Press Tab until you hear "Done button".

  19. Press Enter to complete your team creation.

  20. You have now created a new team and have been taken to the default "General" channel for that team.

Join an existing public team

  1. On opening the app, press Alt+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. First check if the team you want to join is suggested.

    • Press Tab until you hear "List box, create a team".

    • Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the suggested teams.

    • If you find a team you'd like to join, press Enter.

    • You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Alt+3.

  5. If you need to search for a team to join, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Search for public teams, edit".

  6. Type the name of the team you'd like to join.

  7. Press Enter to submit your search.

  8. Press Tab until you hear "List box, create a team".

  9. Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the search results.

  10. Press Enter on the team you want to join.

  11. You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Alt+3.

See also

Use a screen reader to privately message or chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to find and reply to alerts in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks when using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Learn how to navigate Microsoft Teams using accessibility features

Use Microsoft Teams on Mac with your keyboard and VoiceOver, the built-in Mac OS screen reader, to seamlessly create or join a team. Microsoft Teams is where all your team conversations, meetings, files, and notes will come together.

Notes: 

In this topic

Create a new team

  1. On opening the app, press Option+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team".

  5. Press Enter. You hear: "Create your team".

  6. Enter a name into the Team name textbox, this is required.

  7. Tab to the next field, you hear: "Enter team description". This is optional.

  8. Tab until you hear "Privacy button menu, private".

  9. If you would like your team to be discoverable to everyone in your organization, press Enter followed by the Down arrow key until you hear "Public". Press Enter to keep that option or press Esc to revert to "Private".

  10. Press Tab until you hear "Next button".

  11. Wait until you hear "Add members to <name of team>".

  12. Type the name of a team member. You will hear your screen reader say "Search results updated".

  13. Use the Down arrow and Up arrow to navigate through the people matching the name you entered to find your team member.

  14. Press Enter to select them to be added to your list of members. You will hear "<name> added to list". Repeat steps 12 through 14 to add more members.

  15. Once you've chosen all the team members you want to add, press Tab until you hear "Add button".

  16. Press Enter. You will hear: "All selected users were successfully added to <team name>".

  17. Press Tab until you hear "Done button".

  18. Press Enter to complete your team creation.

  19. You have now created a new team and have been taken to the default "General" channel for that team.

Join an existing public team

  1. On opening the app, press Option+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. First check if the team you want to join is suggested.

    • Press Tab until you hear "Create a team".

    • Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the suggested teams.

    • If you find a team you'd like to join, press Enter.

    • You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Option+3.

  5. If you need to search for a team to join, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Search, search for public teams".

  6. Type the name of the team you'd like to join.

  7. Press Enter to submit your search.

  8. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team".

  9. Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the search results.

  10. Press Enter on the team you want to join.

  11. You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Option+3.

See also

Use a screen reader to privately message or chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to find and reply to alerts in Microsoft Teams

Keyboard shortcuts for Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks when using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Set up your device to work with accessibility in Office 365

Learn how to navigate Microsoft Teams using accessibility features

Use Microsoft Teams on the web with your keyboard and Narrator, the built-in Windows OS screen reader, to seamlessly create or join a team. Microsoft Teams is where all your team conversations, meetings, files, and notes will come together.

Notes: 

  • New Office 365 features are released gradually to Office 365 subscribers, so your app might not have these features yet. To learn how you could get new features faster, visit When do I get the newest features in Office 2016 for Office 365?.

  • This topic assumes that you are using the built-in Windows screen reader, Narrator. To learn more about using Narrator, go to Get started with Narrator.

  • This topic assumes you are using this app with a PC. Some navigation and gestures might be different for a Windows phone or tablet.

  • When you use Microsoft Teams on the web, we recommend that you use Microsoft Edge as your web browser. Because Microsoft Teams on the web runs in your web browser, the keyboard shortcuts are different from those in the desktop program. For example, you’ll use Ctrl+F6 instead of F6 for jumping in and out of the commands. Also, common shortcuts like F1 (Help) and Ctrl+O (Open) apply to the web browser – not Microsoft Teams on the web.

In this topic

Create a new team

  1. On opening the app, press Alt+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. Press Tab until you hear "Create team".

  5. Press Enter. You hear: "Create your team".

  6. Enter a name into the Team name textbox, this is required.

  7. Tab to the next field, you hear: "Enter team description". This is optional.

  8. Tab until you hear "Privacy ".

  9. If you would like your team to be discoverable to everyone in your organization, press Enter followed by the Down arrow key until you hear "Public". Press Enter to keep that option or press Esc to revert to "Private".

  10. Press Tab until you hear "Next button".

  11. Wait until you hear "Add members to <name of team>".

  12. Press Tab until you hear "Add members, to <name of team>, Members, editing".

  13. Type the name of a team member. You will hear your screen reader say "Search results updated".

  14. Use the Down arrow and Up arrow to navigate through the people matching the name you entered to find your team member.

  15. Press Enter to select them to be added to your list of members. You will hear "<name> added to list". Repeat steps 13 through 15 to add more members.

  16. Once you've chosen all the team members you want to add, press Tab until you hear "Add button".

  17. Press Enter. You will hear: "All selected users were successfully added to <team name>".

  18. Press Tab until you hear "Done button".

  19. Press Enter to complete your team creation.

  20. You have now created a new team and have been taken to the default "General" channel for that team.

Join an existing public team

  1. On opening the app, press Alt+3 to access the Teams tab.

  2. Press Tab until you hear "Create a team or view suggested public teams".

  3. Press Enter.

  4. First check if the team you want to join is suggested.

    • Press Tab until you hear "Create team".

    • Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the suggested teams.

    • If you find a team you'd like to join, press Enter.

    • You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Alt+3.

  5. If you need to search for a team to join, press Shift+Tab until you hear "Search, edit".

  6. Type the name of the team you'd like to join.

  7. Press Enter to submit your search.

  8. Press Tab until you hear "Create team".

  9. Use the Right arrow key and Left arrow key to cycle through the search results.

  10. Press Enter on the team you want to join.

  11. You will be added to the team and it will be added to your list of teams found under the "Teams" tab. Also accessible by Alt+3.

See also

Use a screen reader to privately message or chat in Microsoft Teams

Use a screen reader to find and reply to alerts in Microsoft Teams

Basic tasks when using a screen reader with Microsoft Teams

Learn how to navigate Microsoft Teams using accessibility features

Technical support for customers with disabilities

Microsoft wants to provide the best possible experience for all our customers. If you have a disability or questions related to accessibility, please contact the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk for technical assistance. The Disability Answer Desk support team is trained in using many popular assistive technologies and can offer assistance in English, Spanish, French, and American Sign Language. Please go to the Microsoft Disability Answer Desk site to find out the contact details for your region.

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