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Overview of the Teams Dashboard
Get familiar with the Teams interface, dashboard, menus, and commands.
When to use
It's important we understand the layout of the Teams dashboard so we can move around Teams and complete tasks effectively.
The menu on the left-hand side is the primary way to navigate to the different parts of the Teams dashboard.
The Activity Feed shows all activity in Teams. We see mentions, new channel posts, new announcements, meetings, etc. here. Activity helps us keep on top of everything that's happening in our teams and channels.
In Chat, we can have private conversations with one or more people.
The Teams area shows our teams list. Any teams we have created or are a member of are shown in this list. By default, a new team will have one channel called 'General'.
This is our team calendar. Anyone who is a member of the team can add items to the team calendar. The calendar also synchronizes with Outlook.
We can make or receive calls from here and forward calls to voicemail.
This area contains any files shared amongst the team.
Tasks by Planner
Use the integrated Planner app to create and manage team tasks.
Create new approval requests and view the status of current approval requests.
The Search Bar / Command Bar
At the top of the screen is a search bar or command bar as it's known in Teams. Type keywords or phrases into the command bar to search across teams, channels, conversations, people, and files. Execute common Teams tasks by using quick command shortcuts from the command bar.
Click the three dots in the top right-hand corner to access Settings. We can customize our copy of Microsoft Teams from here. Also in this menu, we can find a full list of keyboard shortcuts, download updates, and the Teams mobile app.
Hints & tips
- Press CTRL+E to jump straight to the search bar.
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