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Microsoft Teams Quick Start
Microsoft Teams Quick Start

Chat and share files

Start a new conversation...

...with the whole team

  1. Click Teams Teams button, then pick a team and a channel.

  2. In the box where you type your message, say what's on your mind and click Send Send button.

...with a person or group

  1. At the top of the app, click New chat New chat button.

  2. In the To field, type the name of the person or people you want to chat with.

  3. In the box where you type your message, say what's on your mind and click Send Send button.

Start a new conversation

Reply to a conversation

Channel conversations are organized by date and then threaded. The replies in threads are organized under the initial post so it's easier to follow multiple conversations. 

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

  2. Click Reply, add your message, and click Send Send button.

Reply to a conversation

Have fun with emoji, memes, and GIFs

Express yourself and impress your coworkers!

  • Click Sticker Sticker button under the box where you type your message, then pick a meme or sticker from one of the categories.

The Sticker Sticker button catalog contains a wide variety of customizable stickers and memes — you can even upload your own! Check out Emoji Emoji button for smiley faces and Giphy GIF button for animated GIFs.

Teams Stickers Popular

Share a file

Sometimes words aren't enough, and you need to post a file to a channel conversation.

Tip: Teams works particularly well with Microsoft Office documents.

  1. In your channel conversation, click Attach Choose file button under the box where you type your message.

  2. Select from these options:

    • Recent

    • Browse Teams and Channels

    • OneDrive

    • Upload from my computer

  3. Select a file > Share a link.

    If you're uploading a file from your computer, select a file, click Open, and then Send Send button.

You can always see all the files you post to a channel by going to the Files tab.

File upload options for a message

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