How can I collaborate with my colleagues using Microsoft Teams?

All UIC students, faculty and staff can use MS Teams to collaborate with others.

Watch a video on Linkedin Learning about sending messages on Teams


Note: if you have a Linkedin account using a non UIC email address, please sign in with that first to access the video.

A. Start a new conversation

     ...with the whole team

  1. Click Teams , then pick a team and a channel.

  2. Type your message, in the box at the bottom, then click Send Send button .


      ...with a person or group

1.At the top of the app, click New chat New chat button .

2. In the To field, type the name of the person or people you want to chat with.

3.In the box where you type your message, say what's on your mind and click Send Send button 



B. Reply to a team conversation

Channel conversations are organized by date and then threaded. The replies in threads are organized under the initial post so it's easier to follow multiple conversations.

  1. Find the conversation thread you want to reply to.

  2. Click Reply, add your message, and click Send Send button 


C.  Collaborate in Teams By using @mention

An @mention is like a tap on the shoulder — a way to get someone's attention in a channel conversation or a chat.

  1. In the box where you type your message, type @, then type the first few letters of the person’s name. You can also @mention entire teams and channels.

  2. Select the person. Repeat for as many people as you want to @mention.

Each person you @mention gets a notification in their Activity feed. Check for a red circle next to Activity Activity button right now to see if someone has @mentioned you!


D. Stay on top of Notifications

Notifications let you know when someone @mentions you, likes something you’ve posted, or replies to a thread you started. The Activity feed helps you stay on top of all your notifications.

  1. Click Activity Activity button .

  2. Feed shows you a summary of everything that's happened in the channels you follow.

    • Click Filter Filter button to show only certain types of notifications such as @mentions or reactions.

    • Select Feed > My Activity to see a list of everything you've been up to lately in Teams.





Keywords:collaboration,message,chat   Doc ID:96454
Owner:Thomas O.Group:University of Illinois at Chicago ACCC
Created:2019-12-05 18:01 CDTUpdated:2020-02-26 15:48 CDT
Sites:University of Illinois at Chicago ACCC
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