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Microsoft Teams - Collaborate with Chat, Video, and Audio Calls

This document outlines the communication methods when using Microsoft Teams.

Chat allows private conversations between individuals or groups which are separate from the Team channels. Chat also enables you to share files and make video or audio calls directly to  members of the chat.

Create a Chat

1. Select the New chat button at the top of the Teams window. The New chat button will always be visible on the top menu.

2. Enter the the names of other users you want to chat with. Optional: after you've added users, select the down arrow on the right to name the group chat.


3. Send a message to begin chatting.


Make video and audio calls from Teams

1. When in a chat, select either the video or audio calling buttons in the top right corner of the chat window. This will alert all participants.

2. Alternatively, you can schedule Teams meetings from your Outlook Calendar. Navigate to the Outlook Calendar and select New Teams Meeting from the ribbon above.

3. This will create a new meeting with a Teams meeting link that can be sent to anyone with Teams access.

4. When in a Teams video or audio meeting, the menu at the bottom of the window has a number of options to customize the experience.

From here, you can turn on/off your video and audio, share your screen, access the chat settings, open the chat window, and view participants.

5. To view device settings and change audio/video/microphone settings, open the settings menu, then select Show device settings at the top.

6. To view the group chat while in an audio or video call, select the chat button from the menu.

7. To add or view participants, select the participants button from the menu.

Keywordsmicrosoft teams collaborate team channel video audio chat   Doc ID100668
OwnerAndy M.GroupSWTC
Created2020-04-16 09:31:53Updated2023-12-20 10:10:01
SitesSouthwest Wisconsin Technical College
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