How to create a Team in Microsoft Teams

***If you do not have the Teams app on your computer, you can download it from Microsoft by clicking Here and choosing the desktop version. Once you've downloaded and installed teams It will ask for your login credentials.  Enter your and password to get started. 

 Creating a Team

Depending on if your department has already utilized teams, Your Teams page may look similar to the example shown here, with different team name(s).  In this image, you can see there is already one team associated to this account.

  1. To Create a team for your group, Click on the Teams Icon in the left Navigation column.

  2.  In the top right corner of the window, Click on the "Join Or Create Team" button



You will then be presented with the option to Create or Join a team.  For our purposes, we're going to ignore the join code for now, and go ahead with creating our own team

  1. Click on the light purple Create Team button in the first module.


Once you've initiated Team creation, You're presented with four choices. All are very similar to each other with two main differences. Two of the team types do not allow for the option to create a private team, meaning anyone organization wide can join and access. The other primary difference is in what tabs by default are turned on and attached to your team, however you may not need those and they can take up valuable space.

2.  For our purposes, the recommendation is to use the OTHER designation for team type. 

This option provides both the ability to create a private team that requires permissions to join, and also leaves you a blank canvas to customize your team to your needs.

3. Here's where you'll give your Team a name, and if you'd like, a description of your teams purpose.  (Note the description box is optional.)  Below you'll see one of the options discussed in the previous image, Privacy settings.

Clicking on the Privacy section will open up a drop down menu with two options, Public, and Private.   Once you've selected your Privacy setting, Click on the NEXT icon, which will light up purple when you've fulfilled at least the team name requirement.

For most all Teams you create, you will want to choose the Private option. This gives you control over who is allowed to join the team and view/share any information or data stored within it, as well as adding members you choose, and the ability to review any pending requests to join.

After you've named and selected your Team, you'll be brought to the window to add members.  You can choose to add them now, or you can skip this option for now and add them later.  You can choose whichever you prefer as there's no difference in adding them now vs. later.  The benefit to adding them later is that it allows you to build up the rest of your Team with the desired information, files, tabs, etc. that will allow your team members to immediately start utilizing a more full featured team.  

4.  For now, once we get to the Add members screen, click  on the SKIP button.  (We can always add members later.) To learn more about adding people to a team, please see Microsoft Teams - Adding Members to a Team

Congrats!  You've just finished creating your Team.  You should now be in the "General Channel" of your team as shown in the image below.

Think of this almost like a Facebook wall.  It's great for updates, call-outs, and notices for things, but not the best for chatting directly with your team.  (We'll cover group chats, and one on one chats in another section.) For more information about Teams Chats, please see Microsoft Teams - Chat features, using chat and group chats .

NOTICE:  If your Teams window does not have the column automatically display like the picture above,  and instead looks like the picture below on the right,  This means your Teams window size is too small and it's auto hiding the panel.  This is a normal built in feature that scales the window to keep from cluttering your view, so if you don't see it immediately that's okay. 

You can resolve this by either:

  •  making the window larger by grabbing one of the corner edges of the window and resizing it until you see the panel pop up

  • or by just hovering your mouse on top of the Teams icon on the left nav bar as needed if you prefer your window a smaller size.