First Things to Do in Microsoft Teams

Stay Connected, Anywhere  

Regardless of location, Northeastern faculty, staff, and students can optimize their communication and collaboration with Microsoft Teams.

To get started, visit teams.northeastern.edu and log in to Teams. Use [your myNortheastern username]@northeastern.edu as your username and your myNortheastern password to log in.

Once you’re in Teams, below are the first things to do. Click on each box for more details on how to complete the task.

1. Start with chat.

Create a small group chat with colleagues you work with most closely, a great way to communicate in the moment. Name and pin the chat for easy reference.

2. Connect from anywhere.

Download the Microsoft Teams desktop and mobile apps on your home devices to enable teamwork from anywhere.

3. Go bigger in Teams.

Join teams for your department and projects to organize larger conversations and files. Better to have fewer, larger teams with more channels than many, small teams with few channels.

4. Collaborate on files.

Upload files to the appropriate channel, which will add them to SharePoint. Pin frequently used files to make it easier for everyone to find.

Get Started with Teams  

Microsoft Teams is your hub for team files, conversations, and meetings, no matter where your team is working from. Learn more about the collaboration, meetings, and calling tools that can keep colleagues and groups connected and productive.

Getting Started

What do I need to know about using Teams at Northeastern?

All Northeastern faculty, students, and staff have access to Teams and, like with any other technology, should consider guidelines and appropriate use when using and sharing information.

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How to do I access Teams?

Visit teams.northeastern.edu to log in from a web browser or to download the Teams desktop and mobile apps. Teams is available across devices, including PCs, Macs, tablets, and smart phones. 

To log in, use [myNortheastern username]@northeastern.edu as the username and your myNortheastern password.

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How can I use Teams to centralize my work in one place?

Office apps and services that you use every day—Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, SharePoint, Stream, and Power BI—are built-in, giving you access to files and tools in one place, so you stay in your workflow. Using the calendar, access your Outlook schedule, and create and join meetings without ever having to leave Teams.

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Communication

How do I chat with individual people or groups in Teams?

In Teams, chat with people or small groups, or with a whole Team in channels. Everyone in channels can see and join the conversation, but if you need to take it one-on-one, or chat in a smaller group then just select the people you want to talk to and start the chat. You can @mention to bring a conversation to people’s attention, and Like a comment or Flag to yourself for later.

 

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How can I use Teams audio and video conferencing to meet online?

With Teams meetings, you don’t have to miss a meeting when you are remote. Schedule or join a meeting, class, or event, and manage your Outlook schedule directly in Teams using the Calendar menu. Northeastern’s license also includes the ability to include a dial-in number for meetings so that participants can call in from a phone line.

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How do I make and take outside calls from Teams?

Microsoft Teams becomes your phone provider with Teams calling. Northeastern is transitioning the aging phone system to the Teams calling solution. If you already have Teams calling, you can dial any 10-digit phone number from the Calls button, and incoming calls to your Northeastern phone line will ring to Teams on all of you devices that has Teams installed.

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Collaboration

How do I create a team in Teams?

All Northeastern faculty, students, and staff have access to Teams and, like with any other technology, should consider guidelines and appropriate use when using and sharing information.

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How can I organize and manage my teams?

Manage and organize conversations and content within Teams using channels.

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How can I share and collaborate on files in channels?

All Northeastern faculty, students, and staff have access to Teams and, like with any other technology, should consider guidelines and appropriate use when using and sharing information.

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