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Microsoft Teams Quick Start

Microsoft Teams Quick Start

What Microsoft Teams can do for you

Microsoft Teams is a chat-centered workspace in Office 365. It brings people, conversations, files, and tools into one place, so everyone has instant access to everything they need. Watch the video to see what Microsoft Teams can do for you and your teams.

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Microsoft Teams is available as a desktop app and as a mobile app for iOS and Android.

You can also run Microsoft Teams as a web app.

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Sign in to Microsoft Teams

  1. Go to

  2. Sign in with your work or school account.

Note: To use Microsoft Teams, make sure [1] you have an Office 365 account with a Business or Enterprise Office 365 license plan, and [2] your IT Admin turned on Microsoft Teams in the Office 365 Admin center. For more info, see How do I get access to Microsoft Teams.

Sign in to Microsoft Teams

Select a team and channel

A team is a collection of people, conversations, files, and tools — all in one place. A channel is a discussion topic in a team. The best way to get familiar with teams and channels is to select a team and channel and start exploring.

  1. Select the Teams icon.

  2. Under a team, select a channel and take a look at the Conversations, Files, and Notes tabs in the channel.

Select a team and channel

Start a new conversation

When you have a new topic or idea to introduce to the team, you can start a new conversation.

  1. Select a team and channel.

  2. In the Start a new conversation box, add your message and press Enter.

Start a new conversation

Reply to a conversation

Conversations in channels are organized by date and then threaded. The replies in threaded conversations are organized under the initial conversation and are easier to follow.

  1. Find the conversation thread you want to reply to.

  2. Select Reply, add your message, and press Enter.

Reply to a conversation

Have fun with emojis, memes, and stickers

Express yourself and impress co-workers with memes and customized stickers.

  1. Select Teams, and then select a channel.

  2. Select Select to open the Fun Picker. in your compose message box \ text editor.

  3. We recommend Office Drama stickers, so select Office Drama.

  4. Select a sticker, enter a fun caption and select Done.

  5. @mention co-workers before you send the message, and then press Enter.

Have fun with emojis and stickers

@mention someone

When you want someone to receive a notification for a message you’re sending, you can @mention the person. You can @mention a channel, a team, a person, or several people.

  1. In the Reply or New Conversation box, type the @ symbol, then type the first few letters of the person’s first name.

  2. In the Suggestions box, select the person. Repeat for as many people as you want to @mention.

  3. For those who you @mention, the @ symbol shows in the message in their Channel and on their Team icon. Check your Team icon now to see if someone has @mentioned you.

@mention somebody

Stay on top of things with Activity and notifications

You can easily see when someone @mentions you, likes something you’ve posted, or replies to a thread you’ve started. A number appears or increments on the Activity and Chat icons and an @ appears on the Teams icon.

  1. Select the Activity icon.

  2. To view conversations that apply to you, select Notifications. Select Recent to view up-to-date Team conversations.

Stay on top of things with activities and notifications

Search for messages, people, or files

You can search across teams, channels, and files.

  1. Type a phrase in the Search box and select Select to start a search. .

  2. Select Messages, People or Files.

  3. Select the item in the search results. Alternately, you can click the Filter icon to sort or filter your search results.

Search for people, conversations, and files

Ask T-Bot

T-Bot is here to help you learn how to use Microsoft Teams! Ask a question or type a keyword or phrase into the card, and we’ll find the answer.

  1. Select Chat, and then select T-Bot.

  2. Type your question in the message box and press Enter.


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