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If you don't have an existing Microsoft 365 group or team, you're starting with a clean slate, and you get to choose how your team is organized and set up.

When your team is created, you'll get a corresponding SharePoint site and OneNote.


  • Your org can restrict who can create teams. If you can't create a team or need to turn off team creation, check with your IT admin.

Create a team from scratch:

  1. Choose Teams Teams icon on the left side of the app, then select Create and join teams and channels Planner add task icon at the top of your teams list.

  2. Select Create team Join or create a team .

  3. Choose From template and then select From scratch. 

  4. Decide what kind of team that you want this to be. To limit content and conversation to a specific set of people, choose Private. For a community or topic that anyone in the org can join, choose Public.

  5. Name your team and add an optional description.

  6. When you're done, select Create.

Tip: If you're a global admin, you’ll see an option to create an org-wide team. These are great for situations when you want to automatically add all of the employees in your organization. 

Screenshot showing options to create or join team

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What to do next 

As the creator of the team, you're the owner. Invite people to your team and create some channels. For a deeper look at roles and permissions, see Team owner, member, and guest capabilities in Teams.

Feel free to create more teams—you can own up to 250 teams per account.

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Manage team settings and permissions

  1. Tap Teams Teams button at the bottom of the app, then select More options Forms more options vertical ellipsis in the top right corner. You'll see a screen appear at the bottom.

  2. Tap Create new team + 

  3. Name the team, add a description, and choose its privacy level and data classification.

  4. Invite people or even entire contact groups to join your new team.


  • Your organization can restrict who can create teams. If you can't create a team or need to turn off team creation, check with your IT admin.

  • If you're a global admin, consider creating an org-wide team that automatically adds everyone in your organization.

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