As a mostly remote company, we rely on Microsoft Teams for much of our team and one-on-one collaboration. Many other companies have joined us on this virtual voyage. And now that I’ve mastered the basics, I’ve been able to fish around and discover some lesser-known, handy Teams features. Climb aboard and discover how our virtual company has increased efficiency using these seven tips.

1. Quickly open a new chat

Time is limited. Embrace this keyboard shortcut: CTRL + N (PC) or Command + N (Mac).

2. Pin a chat

I bet you communicate with certain people all the time. Net those chats by keeping them up top:

  • Hover over the chat
  • Select the three dots next to the chat
  • Select Pin

3. Save a message

Bookmark a received message so it doesn’t get lost in a sea of messages:

  • Hover over the message
  • Select the three dots next to the message and select Save this message

Find your treasure trove of saved messages:

  • Select your profile picture
  • Select Saved

4. Send a quick chat

Say you’re chatting with one person but want to ship off a quick reply to someone else without leaving your current chat:

  • In the search bar, type @ and the person’s name
  • Type your quick reply within the search bar and select the Send (arrow) button

5. Screen share while chatting

Want to stay chatting but need to put up a quick visual to explain something better? Select the Screen share icon, and it will let you keep chatting but also share your screen—no video or audio!

6. Receive a notification when someone is available

Know when a busy person is free to chat:

  • Hover over the chat
  • Select the three dots next to the chat
  • Select Notify when available. Look for an orange flare (or pop-up) when they’re available.

7. Create and name a group

Do you need input from a couple others? Reel them into your current chat:

  • In your active chat, select the Add People button
  • Type their names and select Add

If you find yourselves riding the East Australian Current together all the time, you might even want to name your group chat. Select the Pencil button next to your names and give it a title.

We’re all in this virtual boat together, and if we can use Microsoft Teams more efficiently, it’ll make our communication smooth sailing.