Send a live component in Teams chat

Note: Live components is the first feature of the Microsoft Loop app to become available in Teams. Please note "Live components" will be renamed "Loop components" in early 2022. 

When you send a live component, everyone in your chat will be able to edit it inline—and see changes instantly. You can choose a paragraph, table, checklist, or other component to help focus your team on tasks like co-authoring content, compiling data, or tracking next steps. You’ll be able to collaborate right inside your message, minimizing the need for long chat threads.

Animated gif of live components being collaboratively edited

Send a live component

  1. Go to the box where you type a chat message. Select Insert live components  Live components logo right beneath the box. (Make sure the box is empty—with no text in it—when you do this.)

  2. Select the type of component you want to insert into your message.

    Live components menu

  3. Enter content into the component.

  4. When ready, select Send  Send a message icon.. Everyone in the chat will be able to edit the content inline.

Tip: @Mention people inside the component to show where you’d like them to contribute. They’ll get an activity feed notification that brings them right to the component.

Edit a live component

Simply click where you want to add or edit content and start typing.

When editing, you can type / to insert things like an @mention, date, or even a component. If you want to comment on existing text vs edit it, type //. This will attribute the comment to you.

Tip: Pin the message containing your live component, which puts it at the top of your chat for easy access. To do so, Select More options  Microsoft Teams more options icon  >Pin.

View activity and access

If others are editing while you’re viewing the component, you’ll see different colored cursors within the text and you’ll possibly see text being edited as well.

Edit a live component on desktop

Avatars appear in the upper right corner to let you know who is viewing, editing, or has recently edited the component. Hover your cursor over any avatar for details.

Select See who has access  See who has access button  to understand who can view or edit the component. Avatars of people who have viewed the component at least once appear here, too.

Share a live component in another chat

  1. Go to the upper right corner of the component and select Copy link Copy link button.

  2. Switch to a different chat.

  3. Go to the box where you type a message and press Ctrl + V to paste your live component into an empty chat.

The people in your original chat and in this additional chat will be able to edit the content. No matter where people are editing, the component will always show the latest updates.

View and edit the file on Office.com

Live components are automatically saved to OneDrive once sent in chat. Here’s how to navigate from chat to the file on Office.com:

1. Select the linked filename at the top your live component.

Link pointing to live component on Office.com

2. The file will open on Office.com, where you can view and co-edit the content.

Send a live component

  1. Go to the chat you want.

  2. Tap More messaging options  More messaging options button, then select Components.

  3. Select the type of component you want to insert into your message.

  4. Enter content into the component.

Edit a live component

1. Tap on a live component. This will open it for editing.

2. Add to or edit the content.

3. Select Back <. The component will show your latest updates.

Edit a live component on mobile

View and edit the file on Office.com

Live components are automatically saved to OneDrive once sent in chat. Here’s how to navigate from chat to the file on Office.com.

1. Tap on a live component. This will open it for editing.

2. Select More options Microsoft Teams more options icon>Open in Browser.

The file will open on Office.com, where the content can be edited with the Office app on your device. You’ll be prompted to download Office if you don’t have it yet.

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