Set up and customize your team

Get your team up and running

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To get your team up and running in Microsoft Teams, create a team, add people, and add channels.

Create a team

  1. Select Teams > Join or create a team.

    This is where you create your own team, or discover existing ones.

  2. Select Create a new team, and then select Build a team from scratch or select Create from... to build an all-new team or create from an existing group respectively.

  3. Select Private if you'd like people to request permission to join, or select Public if anyone in your org can join.

  4. Give the team a name and add a short description if you'd like.

  5. Select Create.

  6. Add members.

    You can add people, groups, or even entire contact groups.

    If you need to add people from outside your organization, use their email address to invite them as guests. Add a friendly display name for them too.

  7. When you're done adding members, select Add and then Close.

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

Create a channel

By default, every team gets a General channel, which is a good channel to use for announcements and information the whole team needs. To add more channels:

  1. Select Select to see more options More options... next to the team name.

  2. Select Add channel.

  3. Enter a name and description for your channel.

    You can build a channel around a topic, project, department name, or whatever you like.

  4. Select Automatically show this channel in everyone's channel list if you want this channel to be automatically visible in everyone's channel list.

  5. Select Add.

Customize and manage your team

  1. Select Select to see more options More options... next to the team name.

  2. Select Manage team to find Members, Channels, Settings, and Apps for your team all in one place.

  3. Select Settings > Team picture to add a team picture and give your team some personality.

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