Start a Chat in Teams

Chats are central to Microsoft Teams and it’s likely one of the first things you’ll do when using Microsoft Teams. Chats can be one-on-one, with a group, or as part of a conversation in a channel. In this post we will be covering how to start one-on-one and group chats.

One-on-one Chat

To start a one-on-one chat within Microsoft Teams click the new chat icon at the top of your chat list. Then start to type the name of a person you would like to start a chat with. Once their name appears you can click the name to select them as the recipient.

After selecting the recipient, you’ll be able to type a new message at the bottom of the conversation window.

When you are typing a new message you can select the Format Icon to make available the text formatting options.

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When you are finished typing your initial message to your recipient, click the Send Icon or Press Enter.

Group Chat

You will want to use Group Chat when you want to have a conversation with a small group of people. Start out by clicking the New Chat icon . Then to the right click the down arrow to expand the Group Name option.

After clicking the down expansion arrow, you will be able to enter a Group Name along with adding the recipients that will be part of the group chat.

After selecting the group name and recipients, you’ll be able to type a new message at the bottom of the conversation window.

When you are finished typing your initial message to your recipient, click the Send Icon or Press Enter.

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