How to Create a Team in Microsoft Teams [Quick Tutorial]

How to Create a Team in Microsoft Teams [Quick Tutorial]

So you just finished installing Microsoft Teams and you now want to create a team so you can communicate with your members.

The thing is, those who are more adept at technology and using various software and platforms may not have any problems with this. Understandably, this will seem like rocket science to others who are not as adept.

In this article, you’ll learn how to easily create a team in Microsoft, step by step, and how to manage it. In the course of the article, always refer to the images so you know which exact part to click.

How to Create a Team in Microsoft Teams

To start, fire off Microsoft Teams on your desktop. Once you have it opened, go to the “Teams” tab.

For first-time users, you will see a large box on the display that says “Create a team”. When you hover over it, a purple box that says “Create team” will appear. Click on that.

If you’re a member of other teams, you must click on the “Join or create a team” link at the bottom part of the app first and click the purple “Create team” box right after.

How to start creating your own team

A new box will appear where you can choose to select from scratch, from a group or team, or select from a current template. For this tutorial, we’ll go with starting from scratch to avoid any confusion.

How to create a team from scratch

In the next part, Teams will ask you to select what kind of team you want to start — private, public, or org-wide.

  • Private: From the name itself, people will need permission to join the team. This is the best option if you want to limit content and conversation to a specific set of people only.
  • Public: Choose this if it’s okay for anyone in the organization to join in and contribute to the content or conversation.
  • Org-wide: This option will automatically bring in everyone in the organization.
What are the kinds of team in Microsoft Teams

After choosing the kind of team that you want, you will then have to name your team and optionally fill in the description section so other people will know what the team is all about.

How to create a private demo team

How to Manage Your Team in Microsoft Teams

Right after creating your team, you have the option of adding members to your newly created team. You can add anyone to your organization by simply entering their name, distribution list, or security group.

If you want to invite people outside of your organization, you must know their email addresses and enter them on the form provided.

How to add members to Microsoft Teams

Alternatively, you can also add members by clicking on the three dots beside your team name and clicking the “Add member” option.

There’s also an “Add more people” box on the posts part if you don’t have any members yet.

Both options will bring out a similar box as the previous one.

An alternative way of adding members to the team

To manage your team, all you need to do is click on the “Manage team” option after clicking the three dots.

You will then be able to change the role of your members. You can also remove your members by simply clicking on the X button.

How to manage team in Microsoft Teams

How to Add a Channel to Your Team

Think of a channel as something like another team within your team. Like how you can set your team as either private or public, you can also set a channel as either private or public.

To create a channel, click on the “Add channel” option after clicking on the three dots beside your team name.

How to start creating a channel

The next step is to give the channel a name, provide a description (optional), and set the privacy to either standard or private.

How to create a channel in Teams

That’s it! As you can see, creating and managing a team in Microsoft Teams isn’t really that hard. If you have other questions regarding Microsoft Teams, feel free to drop a comment below or send me a private message.

About Ryan

As the Principal Solutions Architect at Mr. SharePoint, I help companies of all sizes better leverage the Modern Workplace and Digital Process Automation investments.

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