Getting Started with Microsoft Teams


Initial instructions for setting up Microsoft Teams and how to use its standard features.


Table of contents

First steps


Initial setup

  • To get the most out of Teams, you should install the Microsoft Teams app on your computer. The installation works on both University-owned and personal computers. Mobile versions also are available from the Apple and Google Play stores.

  • If you must access Teams in a web browser, we recommend using Chrome or Firefox. Log into with your OHIO email address and password.

  • On Mac devices, make sure to allow Teams access to your camera and microphone if it asks. This is needed for video/audio chats and remote meetings. 

  • You can also change the settings in Microsoft Teams to suit your individual needs.  


Helpful links


Basic features

Teams and channels

  • Team is a place in the Microsoft Teams app for a group of people to collaborate inside of channels. 

  • channel is a dedicated section within a Team to keep conversations and files organized. Everyone on a Team has access to each of the Team's channels. 


Participating in a Teams meeting

  • Select Join to get started. Once you have joined, you will see the other participants when they have joined. 

  • Each meeting has a chat that participants can use if they do not have a microphone. 

  • You can share content in a meeting, including: 

    • Your desktop screen 

    • A specific window you have open 

    • A PowerPoint or other file 

    • The Whiteboard (OIT recommends using a device with a touch screen) 

  • You can record meetings, and play and share them afterward. 

  • You can add participants after a meeting has started. 

  • Use the Mute All functionality to help reduce unwanted noise. (Don't worry: participants will be able to un-mute themselves if they need to.) 

    • Participants who join the meeting after it has started will be prompted to mute themselves so they don't disturb the meeting in progress. 


Creating a Team

Like the sound of having a Team? Follow the directions to request a Team

  • Pros: 

    • You have a ready-made group of people to text and video chat with

    • You can organize chat conversations by topic (e.g. by unit, project, homework, etc.) 

    • You can have a Teams meeting in a channel, which is automatically available to all members of the Team 

    • Everything you need for a particular group of people is all in one place

  • Cons: 

    • You have to manually request the creation of a Team. 

      • Note: If you are requesting a Team for an OHIO course, you can use the self-service Team Auto Creation form to create the Team right away. 

    • You have to manually add each of the Team members yourself (but once you've done it once, you're done!). 

      • Note: If you are requesting a Team for an OHIO course, we are able to add your students for you automatically. 



  • Your Teams Calendar is linked with your Outlook Calendar. Anything you put in one automatically appears in the other.  

  • From the calendar, you can schedule Teams meetings, which will create a meeting link that you can share with others. 

    • You must add at least one attendee for a meeting link to be generated. (You can add your own OHIO email if you plan to just share the link with others rather than invite them as attendees.) 

    • The meeting will also create a phone number for people to join via phone call. 

  • You can invite anyone to a meeting from anywhere with a valid email address, even if they do not have Microsoft Teams. 

    • Attendees do not need to have the Teams app installed to join and participate in the meeting. However, OIT recommends everyone install the Teams app for the best possible experience. 




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