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How to create a team in Microsoft Teams

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If you are new to using Microsoft Teams then you are probably wanting to learn how to get started. You may find that your IT administrator has already created some key teams within your organisation for you to begin working with, and this is great. But what about any new projects or communication requirements moving forward which do not fall within the existing teams? This is where the ability to create your own new teams can become beneficial.

Only users who have been granted permission within their Microsoft 365 organisation will be able to create a new team. You may find that your IT administrator will create teams on your behalf and grant you access as a member. If this is the case you may not be able to create your own new teams as needed – it may be useful to discuss the option of granting permission to key staff members to be able to create new teams as needed.

Before you create a Team, you may want to consider a few key questions:

  1. What is the goal of your team?
  2. Who in your organisation will be part of the process?
  3. What level of access does each member need?
  4. What channels, or areas of conversation will you need within the team?

If you do not have any Microsoft Teams set up, then you may find it useful to begin with a simple team and build from there as you explore more of the functions available. Identify possible projects as you move forward which would benefit from centralised communication and access to resources for all those involved.

Create a new Team

In this example, I am going to create a new team using the Microsoft Teams app. The process is the same whether you access via the desktop app or online via your web browser.

  1. Open Microsoft Teams
  2. Select Teams from the sidebar
  3. Click the Join or create a team button located at the bottom of the middle pane

Click Join or create a team

  1. Hover over Create a team option and click the Create team button

Click create a team

  1. You will now be given options on how to Create a team. Options include: From scratch, From a group or team or from various template options

You will see options to create a team

  1. For this exercise, select From scratch
  2. You will now need to select the type of team you want to create: Private, Public or Org-wide
  3. For this exercise, I am going to select a Public team meaning that anyone within my Microsoft 365 organisation can join
  4. You will now need to give your Team a name

Give your team a name

  1. Type a name for the new team along with a brief description of what the team will be used for. This will help other members of your organisation to identify if it is a team they should be part of.

Enter a description for the team

  1. Now click Create to complete the task
  2. You will now have the option to Add members to your new team, you can either add the names of people you wish to add to the new team, or click Skip to do this at a later time
  3. I am going to Skip for the moment
  4. You will now see your new team displayed in the middle pane

The new team will be displayed

  1. You should see that you already have a General channel created in your new Team

You are now ready to begin using your new Team. If you are new to Microsoft Teams, be sure to check out my tips on how to navigate around Microsoft Teams.

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