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Teams (Microsoft): Communicating


Conversations in channels can be seen and searched for by the entire team. You can participate in conversations, Like or Save important ones, mention specific people so they see your message, and even edit a file that’s been added to the conversation.

Private chats

Use private chats between one person or multiple members of the team.


Chat Menu

chat menu

Video call button Video call

Audio call icon Audio call

Share icon Share screen: Choose a window to share that specific program and its content, or select Desktop to share everything on your screen.

add people button Add people to the conversation

Start a Call from a Chat in Teams

You can make one-on-one or group calls with anyone at the college  from a chat without having to host a team meeting. These calls are private and won't appear in any team conversation. Entries for the calls will appear in your chat, though.

1. Go to your chat list.

2. Click New chat New chat to start a new conversation.

3. Type the name or names into the To field at the top of your new chat.

4. Click Video call  Video call button  or Audio call Audio call icon to start a call.

Up to 50 people can be on the same video call.

If you're not currently in a chat with the person you want to call, you can start a new call from a command. Go to the command box at the top of your screen and type /call, then type or select the name of the person you want to reach.

You can also start a one-on-one call from someone's profile card. Open it by clicking their picture in a channel or from a search.

You can launch calls from one-on-one or group chats:

1. Go to your chat list.

2. Click New chat New chat in the header and enter a name or names.

3. From a chat, tap Video Call  Video call button  or Audio call Audio call icon.

The person you're calling can answer from their desktop or mobile.

Communicating in Channels (Video: 1:45)

Using the Command Box (Video: 1:30)

Command Box

Commands are shortcuts for performing common tasks in Teams: update your status, show recent files and more. Type the / key to see a list of all available commands.