Microsoft Teams – Sync your Teams Files using OneDrive

Microsoft Teams – Sync your Teams Files using OneDrive

After you have setup your OneDrive so that documents stored in the Cloud sync with your computer, you can setup Syncing between the Files section in any of your Microsoft Teams or Portal locations.

This just gives you an easier way to access those files which may also be more efficient for you depending on how you work with files.

To setup syncing between OneDrive and your Microsoft Team:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams
  2. browse to the Team Files section you want to sync with your computer
  3. click the Open in SharePoint button

    Teams sync button onedrive

  4. click the Sync button

Teams sync button onedrive

After setting up Sync you will be able to access the Files in your Microsoft Team using File Explorer on your computer.

Open File Explorer and along with OneDrive – [your organisation name] – you will now see a corporate section just labelled – with the name of your organisation.



Microsoft Teams – Pin a Chat for quicker access

Microsoft Teams – Pin a Chat for quicker access

Chat is one of the features in Microsoft Teams which gave us some quick wins when we rolled out Office 365 in our organisation. People have really taken to short messages to communicate with colleagues rather than having conversations over email.

In Chat you are able to Pin a chat, making it available at the Top of your Recent list of chats.

This is a really helpful feature making it easy to go back to regular Chat Groups or individual chats.

Microsoft Teams Chat pin

To Pin a Chat in Microsoft Teams

  1. Hover on the Chat message in the Recent List
  2. Click the elipses (3 dots … )
  3. Choose Pin
  4. To Unpin a Pinned Chat – simply click the elipses and select Unpin from the options

Microsoft Teams how to pin a chat message

A really simple feature which is easy to activate and helps you work more efficiently in Microsoft Teams.

Microsoft Teams – Create a Quick Poll for your Team Members

Microsoft Teams – Create a Quick Poll for your Team Members

Create a quick poll for your Microsoft Team members in the Conversations space

Using the Forms Bot in Microsoft Teams you can create a quick Poll to survey your Team members.

  1. In the Team’s Conversations tab, type @Forms.

  2. In the Suggestions window that appears, select Forms.

  3. Click What can I do?

  4. Click Your question? Option1, Option2.

  5. Highlight and delete the placeholder text, Your question? Option1, Option2.

  6. Then type your question, followed by the options you want members to choose from in the format shown below.

    For example: “How should we get customers feedback? Online survey, Interview in person.

Teams Poll


As your Team Members respond everyone can see the poll responses in the Conversation

Team members can also change their response after they have voted and they can’t see what others have selected.



Microsoft Teams – Tutorial Video (15mins)

Microsoft Teams – Tutorial Video (15mins)

Learn everything you need to know about using Microsoft Teams in 15 minutes.

Aya Tange from Microsoft Teams walks through the end-to-end user experiences with a full demo tutorial: from chat and collaboration to online meetings and calling capabilities. If you’re in IT, we also cover the core set of admin controls for managing Microsoft Teams.

This show was recorded at Microsoft Ignite | The Tour in Amsterdam. To learn more, check out:

Microsoft Teams – How to keep up with what’s new in Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams – How to keep up with what’s new in Microsoft Teams

Today I was going through the different features of Microsoft Teams when a staff member asked me “How do you manage to keep up with all these changes in this stuff??”.

Well here’s how I stay fresh and how you can too – it’s really easy and is available in Microsoft Teams from the Search bar.

Open Microsoft Teams and in the Search Bar at the top of the screen type /whatsnew

/whatsnew Teams updates

When you include the forward slash Teams recognises the entry as a Command, not as something you are searching for in a Conversation or Chat.

That /whatsnew Command – will take you directly to the Help Section in Teams and show you the latest features to be added or tweaked in Teams by the Microsoft Developers.

There are other commands you may find helpful – type the forward slash into the Teams Search Bar and hit enter and you’ll see a list appear.

Microsoft also run a Uservoice website for each of their products.  This is well worth contributing to and if you have an idea for a feature or wish a product did something it currently doesn’t – you can search Uservoice to see if someone else has made the same suggestion and Vote for it. If it’s not there suggest it and give others the chance to vote it up.

Uservoice links:

Microsoft Teams



3 Tips for using Microsoft Teams Conversations

3 Tips for using Microsoft Teams Conversations

Microsoft Teams is a collaboration tool now used in over 500,000 organisations (March 2019).  It supports groups of people working together by providing communications, file sharing and information storing modules. The Conversations area in Teams is a place where you can discus topics formerly sent around using email.

These 3 tips for using Microsoft Teams Conversations will show you how to:

  1. Format Text in a new Conversation Post
  2. Use the @mention to alert a Team Member about a conversation
  3. Use the @mention to alert ALL Team Members about a conversation

3 Tips when using Conversations in Microsoft Teams

1. Format Text in a New Conversation Post

When you create a new conversation thread use the format text button to:

  • add a Subject line to your conversation
  • modify text colours, bold, underline anything appropriate, or mark the conversation as important

teams conversation text format

After opening the text format box youll see that you are able to:

  1. modify font style – Bold, Underline, Italics
  2. highlight text, change font colour and change font size
  3. insert hyperlinks
  4. insert tables and mark the Conversation as Important

Teams format text

This will make you a Conversation pro and help your posts to stand out!


2. Use the @mention to alert a Team Member about a conversation

In a new Conversation or a Reply you can tag or @mention a colleague so they receive a notification about your post.  In your post simply type the @ symbol followed by the members name, then click their card when Teams finds them in the directory. You are able to backspace and delete their surname if you want to keep things more personable.  

@mention team member in teams



3. Use the @mention to alert ALL Team Members about a conversation

In a conversation post or reply, if you @mention the Team name it will generate a notification for each Team member. Depending on their notification settings a banner or Banner and email will appear for them. I’d suggest using this in a Teams Conversation where you are finding members not responding to requests or not interactive when seeking input!  🙂

team mention in converation to create a notification

If you have another Tip for people using Conversations comment below!  I hope those 3 are helpful and you can be more productive by using them.