Intro to Teams

What is Microsoft Teams?

Microsoft Teams is the ultimate messaging app for your organization—a workspace for real-time collaboration and communication, meetings, file and app sharing, and even the occasional emoji! All in one place, all in the open, all accessible to everyone. (watch to learn more)

Why use Teams?

All TWU Employees, including students, have access to Teams. It's an easy way to collaborate in real-time and asynchronously from anywhere with an internet connection. Teams can be used on the web at, on the desktop app, or on mobile apps on your devices. Teams is a way to get out of email while keeping communication flowing and all of your project-related files organized.

How is Teams organized?

Individuals can use Teams to direct message any other Teams user (but IT Solutions recommends RingCentral for 1:1 messaging). The power of Teams is in chat via Teams, which can contain channels. Learn more about teams and channels. Channels can be private or shared. Follow best practices for creating and organizing your teams.

Get Started

Teams Quick start

Intro to Microsoft Teams

Set up and customize your team - Note: You'll see templates when you create a team. Specifically, Class, PLC, or Staff team templates. We DO NOT recommend using these as they can create a OneDrive Notebook in your Team that may not be useful and will likely be confusing. Rather, we recommend clicking Other and then typing in the details. This will allow you full control over what content is added to your new Team. (The templates can't be removed administratively. We tried. :) )

Collaborate in teams and channels

Work with posts and messages

Start chats and calls

Configure Teams to Open on Start-Up

  1. Open Microsoft Teams
  2. In the upper right corner click the three dots by your profile icon. Click Settings.
  3. On the General tab scroll to Application. Check Auto-Start application.
  4. Click the X to close Settings.

Discover More

Manage meetings

Set up and attend live events

Search and find files and more

Add a Google Drive Folder to a Team

In the desktop or web app, click Files on the left side of the app -> click the three vertical dots → then click Add cloud storage -> Pick Google → log in with your credentials → choose a folder (Note: you may only choose folders in My Drive. You may not choose a folder from Google Shared drives)

Manage your activity feed

Teams on the go

Even More Resources

Tips for better meetings

Free instructor-led training

Teams on-demand training

Teams downloadable guide

Teams help


Download Teams 

Fun stuff for chats

Video Conferencing 


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Mon 7/4/22 10:14 PM
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