Microsoft Teams was rapidly gaining momentum before Covid-19 forced us to work from home, and just like Lululemon, the pandemic only served to accelerate a rising trend. But unlike tight-fitting, overpriced yoga pants, new technology tends to have a steep learning curve.
Fortunately, there’s a mountain of helpful tips & tricks on the internet. But then again, who’s got the time to sift through it all to find what’s truly useful.
Introducing 365 Tip of the Week
If you’re new to Microsoft Teams, I thought it might be helpful if we’d start this inaugural issue of 365 Tip of the Week with the best quick tutorial on Microsoft Teams that I could find.
YouTube Video: How to use Microsoft Teams
This video really has everything you need to get a great foundation for using Microsoft Teams. The video is 20 minutes long and easy to follow. But if you want to target a specific area or feature in Teams, you can use the handy index that’s included:
- 0:00 Introduction
- 1:00 Downloading Teams
- 2:30 The Desktop Experience Overview
- 3:30 The Teams Pivot (tab)
- 3:50 Teams Channels
- 4:30 Teams management and use
- 5:20 Channel management and use
- 6:20 Posts and conversations
- 9:00 The Activity Pivot (tab)
- 9:55 The Chat Pivot (tab)
- 10:54 The Calendar Pivot (tab)
- 11:09 Creating a New Meeting
- 12:20 How to Join a Team Meeting
- 12:40 Configuring your options in a Video Meeting
- 16:00 The Calls Pivot (tab)
- 16:12 The Files Pivot (tab)
- 16:29 The Apps Pivot (tab)
- 16:50 The Search Bar
- 17:22 The Mobile App
- 17:40 Advanced Functionality
I found a gem of a tip about filtering my activity. I’m on lots of channel discussions, chats, and recurring meetings, and it’s hard to keep track of it all. The filter view helps me to zero in on what’s most important very quickly.
I hope that you’ve found this first weekly tip helpful. The plan is to follow this issue up with future tips and tricks to help us all make the most of our investment in not only MS Teams but the broader Microsoft 365 suite of tools.