Teams Real Simple with Pictures: Channel Pinning

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Written: 19/01/2019 | Updated: N/A

Members of the team will use particular channels more than others. Their activity and interests will likely focus upon a handful, and there are others that they will very seldom use or engage with. This is because, like Teams, users won’t use channels equally. There can be many reasons for this – role, the channel subject, engagement in other channels and what the team member feels is splitting focus. With the growth of Teams and channels within organisations and the issue of sprawl, it is important for the member of the Team to be able to quickly and easily access the channels they need which are important to them. It may also be important in terms of visually seeing when a new post has hit that channel. A great way of accomplishing both these things is the ability to pin the needed channels as required

WHY WOULD WE DO IT?

  • To quickly and easily access channels of high use or interest
  • For visual cues on updates to the required channels

PREREQUISITES

Users need Teams licences – usually via Office/Microsoft 365

HOW – DESKTOP/WEB CLIENT

1.) Select the Team, select the Channel and select Ellipsis (…). Then select Pin

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2.) The Channel is pinned. To unpin, select Unpin

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HOW – MOBILE CLIENT

This one often confuses people

1.) Select Teams

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2.) Select the Channel

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3.) Press on the name of the channel and then swipe Pin Channel to on

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4.) Channel is now pinned

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5.) Channel can be unpinned by simply selecting the pinned channel, pressing the name of the channel at the top and swiping Pin Channel to off

NOTES ABOUT PINNING

  • There is (at the time of writing) a max of 25 pinned channels, otherwise a limit message is received

  • Channels can be reordered in the desktop, web or mobile apps
  • Pinned channels in the desktop and web apps pull through to the mobile app and vice versa
  • Pinning a channel makes it always visible
  • Pinned channels also appear in the chat section of the mobile app above private chats
  • Private channels, as well as standard channels, can be pinned
  • Teams may be hidden after the channel is pinned

 

 

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