Create a team site in SharePoint Online

Create a SharePoint Online team site to provide a location where you and your team can work on projects and share information from anywhere on any device. A team site includes a group of related web pages, document libraries for files, lists for data management, and web parts that you can customize to meet your needs.

When you create a team site in Office 365, a corresponding Office 365 Group is automatically created and any users you add to your team site get added to the Office 365 Group. All members of the team site have access to the Office 365 Group and can create publishing pages, new document libraries, custom lists, and add or rearrange web parts on the team site as needed. There's no need to create an email distribution list or a SharePoint group. For more information about Office 365 Groups, see Learn about Office 365 groups.

Note: Some functionality is introduced gradually to organizations that have opted in to the First Release program. This means that you may not yet see this feature or it may look different than what is described in the help articles.

Steps to create a team site

  1. Sign in to Office 365. For help, see Where to sign in to Office 365.

  2. In the top left corner of the page, select the app launcher icon Office 365 app launcher icon and then select the SharePoint tile. If you don't see the SharePoint tile, click the Sites tile or All if SharePoint is not visible.

  3. At the top of the SharePoint page, click + Create site. A site creation wizard will appear on the right-hand side of the screen where you input the information to create a team site with an Office 365 Group.

    Create Site command

  4. Give your new team site a name. An Office 365 Group e-mail will be automatically generated with the same name as your team site. As you type, you will see whether or not the name you've chosen is available.

    New SharePoint Team Site

  5. In the Privacy settings section, choose either Public - anyone in the organization can access this site or Private - only members can access this site to control who has access to your site.

  6. In the Team site description box, add some text that let's people know the purpose of your site.

  7. If enabled by your admin, choose a site classification in the Team site classification section and then click Next. The options listed can pertain to sensitivity of information or to the life-cycle of information on your site.

  8. Add the names or email addresses of anyone else you want to manage the site in the Add additional owners box.

    Add members to a team site

  9. Add the name or email address for everyone you want to be a member of your site and then click Finish. To wait and add additional owners and members later, click Not now.

    Your site will be created will appear among the sites you’re following. Your site will not inherit the permission settings or navigation of other sites.

Note: If your screen doesn't match the images above, it means that your organization has not opted in to the First Release program or your administrator has site creation set to the classic site creation experience. Either way, a corresponding Office 365 Group won't be created. In this case:

  1. Click new or new site.

    Screenshot of creating a new site from the Sites page

  2. Give your site a name, and then click Create.

    Your site will be created in the location your administrator has predefined and the site will appear among the sites you’re following. Your site will not inherit the permission settings or navigation of other sites.

Next steps

Now that you've created a site, learn how you can customize and get the most out of it:

Note: To delete a team site that is connected to an Office 365 Group, you must delete the Office 365 Group. Doing so will delete the group, the associated team site, all files, group conversations, email messages, calendar events, and any other related information.

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