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Microsoft Teams

Microsoft Teams is cloud-based team collaboration software that is part of the Office 365 suite of applications. The core capabilities in Microsoft Teams include business messaging, calling, video meetings and file sharing. As long as you can connect to the internet, you can connect to the files and people you need to stay productive.

You can access Teams through a web browser, download the Teams application to your PC/Mac, or download the Teams mobile app to your portable device.

Launch Microsoft Teams

Accessing Teams via the web

  • Click the button above to launch the Teams website
  • When prompted enter your
  • This will redirect you to our organisational log in page.
  • Enter your St Mary's account password.

Accessing Teams via the Desktop App

  • Download and install the Teams desktop app
  • Once the app is installed, open it. You should be asked to enter your username.
  • Enter and you should be redirected to the St Mary's login page.
  • Enter your St Mary's account password.

The desktop app should now be installed enabling you to launch Teams as an application. This does not require administrator privileges - anybody can download Teams onto their PC

Accessing Teams via the Mobile App

To access the Teams mobile app you need to download it to your phone.

  • Access your phone's app store (App Store / Google Play Store)
  • Search for Microsoft Teams
  • Download the app and wait for it to install
  • Open the Teams app on your phone
  • Log in using your Office 365 credentials ( and your password)


  • Keep the channel list simple - channels should be created when it becomes clear that a specific conversation needs a separate channel to keep the Team organised. Not every topic needs a new channel.
  • @mention the channel or Team - if the information you are posting is relevant/important to all Team members.
  • Keep your informal internal communication in Teams - whether that is through channel conversations or private chats, rather than emailing.
  • Set your Teams Status Message when Out of Office - this can be set to show to anyone that messages you, letting them know you are not available.
  • Your Outlook automatic replies will also be shown to others if they view your Teams profile, so make sure these are worded with Teams in mind - "I am unable to reply to messages" rather than "I am unable to reply to emails"
  • Create a group chat before a Team - a group chat can perform many of the same functions as a Team, and will not overcrowd your list of Teams.


  • Create duplicate Teams - make sure to search for the name of the Team you want to make in case it already exists.
  • @mention individual colleagues on your channel posts except where you feel it is necessary. If the information is only for one colleague, create a Chat with them.
  • Add someone to a Team without confirming with them that they are okay with joining. Automatically use private chat - consider whether the information you are messaging to your colleague privately may be needed by other colleagues.
  • Have a high member-count in an ongoing chat - if you have an ongoing private chat with a large group of people, consider creating a new Team.
  • Start a new conversation without checking if a similar active conversation already exists - reply to the existing conversation instead to keep the Channel organised.

File Path Limit

When moving files to, or creating new files and folders, you may receive an error message claiming the “file path exceeds the limit” or “The action can’t be completed because the folder or a file in it is open in another program”.

For example, the file path C:\Users\XXXX\OneDrive - St Marys University\New_folder\Documents_from_November_2022 for Archive\November_2022 Archive\DO_NOT_DELETE_FILES

This file path contains 138 characters and 7 subfolders. You can see the name of your hard drive “C:\” and then the name of every folder you need to enter in order to find the file.

Tips for shortening the file path

  • Try to exclude spaces from file and folder names. A space in a file path will be replaced by %20 in OneDrive, which is now 3 characters instead of a single space as you see it. Try using the underscore _ in place of a space.
  • Don’t use “Copy of” in the file name.
  • Try not to nest folders in each side one another, this reduces the amount of characters required in the file path.

It is good practice for a Team to have at least two owners.

Every Team has general folder, everyone who has access to the Team can view the general folder. If you invite someone as a guest to the Team, they can also see the general folder.

Channels are sections within a Team. They can be restricted for certain members. An owner of a Team cannot access a private Channel unless they are added as a member to that Channel.

Members outside of the Team can be added to Channels. If a Channel is not private, Team members and guests who has access to the Team can view the Channels.

Managing a Team/Channel

  • Right click the "three dots" beside the Team/Channel nameScreenshot of an example team showing the three dots menu to manage a team
  • Here you can manage the Team/Channel, add a new Channel, add members, leave the Team and edit the Team.                                                                                   Screenshot showing the three dots section

  • Managing the Team - You can see who has access to the Team.Screenshot showing managing a team section
  • Edit Team - You can change the name and picture of the Team.Screenshot showing editing a team
  • Adding a Channel -  Here you can add a Channel's name and change the privacy status of the Channel. If you want this restricted and only certain people have access, you will need to make this a private Channel and then add the people who need access.Screenshot showing changing a channel to private

The roles within Teams:

Team owner

The person who creates the Team is a Team owner. The Team owners can make any member of their Team a co-owner when they invite them to the Team or at any point after they've joined the Team. Having multiple Team owners lets you share the responsibilities of managing settings and membership, including invitations.

Team members

The people who the owners invite to join their Team. Team members can see all files that are not restricted unless they have been given access to the private Channels.

How do I invite a guest to my Microsoft Team?

You can invite anyone outside St Mary’s to your Team, simply by sending an invite to the person you wish to join.

What can an invited guest do in teams?

A guest can chat, join meetings, and access and work on shared documents with other team members.

What are the limitations on a guest?

A guest can’t create a team, invite staff or guests to the team, schedule meetings, or contact St Mary’s users outside the team.

What should I be aware of?

Don’t invite staff and students as guests – St Mary’s users can be added to the team with full access for a richer experience.Do ensure all documents and information in the team is appropriate for sharing with the invited guest.

Where do I find out more?

If you have a query not covered in the guidance, please contact The Hub Online. Information on Teams training sessions will be advertised shortly.

Select and drag the attachment from your email and drop it into the Teams file location.

  • Go to the file.
  • Click the "three dots" on the right of the file name.Screenshot showing three dots menu to manage a file
  • Click “Open” then “Open in app”.Screenshot showing how to open a word document in the word app
  • Once opened click “File” then “Info”.                                                                         Screenshot showing Info on a word document
  • At the top click “Copy path”.                                                                    Screenshot showing how to copy word path in info section
  • Navigate to Outlook, click the “Attach File”, then “Browse this PC”.             Screenshot showing browse this PC on outlook
  • Paste the “Copy path” in the “File name” box at the bottom, then click “Open”.Screenshot showing the pastes link into the file name section
  • Then you can either select “Share Link” (this shares the link in the email) or “Attach as copy” (this attaches a copy of the file to the email).              Screenshot showing share link or attach as a copy
  • ·         It will then appear as an attached document in the email.             Screenshot showing attached word document on outlook

  • Open Microsoft Teams.
  • Click "General" or your chosen Channel.
  • Click on the “Files” tab.
  • Click the “Sync” button.           Teams10
  • A box  “We’re syncing your files” will appear. If you don’t have OneDrive installed, please contact The Hub Online and they will install it for you.                                                Screenshot showing OneDrive is syncing the team
  • If you have OneDrive installed already, sign in with your St Mary’s IT login details when the box appears.
  • Navigate to your "File Explorer".
  • On the left Panel you should see “St Marys University”icon.                           Screenshot showing the St Marys University icon where the team is synced
  • Click on the “St Marys University” icon - you will then see the Channel's files you have synced.                                                                                     Screenshot showing the placement of the synced teamScreenshot showing files of the synced team
  • When syncing a Channel which has previously been synced, a box "Use this folder" or "Create a new folder" will appear. Select "Use this folder".
  • Choosing "Create a new folder" may result in confusion as copies of the folder may already exist, with multiple folder names will be the same.Teams45
  • Navigate to the bottom right of the "Task bar". If the "OneDrive" icon doesn’t appear - click the "up arrow".                                                                                                              Screenshot showing OneDrive icon in the taskbar
  • Click "OneDrive", and go to "Settings" (the cog icon).Screenshot showing the cog settings icon on OneDrive
  • Click “Settings”.                                                                                            Screenshot showing Setting button
  • Click "Account" on the left.                                                                                 Screenshot showing where to select account
  • To stop the sync of a Channel, click “Stop sync”.   Screenshot showing the OneDrive account information and where to select stop sync
  • Click “Stop sync” again.                                                   Screenshot showing pop up to stop sync
  • This will then be removed from the Account.                     Screenshot showing account after stop sync


  • Go to the file.                                                                                               
  • Right click it.                                                                                           
  • Select "Version History".                                                                         Screenshot showing version history on a document
  • This will show the history of the file.                                                      Screenshot showing version history
  • Select one of the "Version history" and "three dots" will appear on the right. "Restore" the version or "Download" the version.                                                                             Screenshot showing the restore and download on version history


  • On a browser go to and sign in with your St Marys details.
  • Click the "dotted square" at the top left.Screenshot showing dotted square on office webpage
  • Select "OneDrive".                                                          Screenshot showing OneDrive in a redbox
  • On the left under "Quick access" select the correct Team.                     Screenshot showing quick access and the team listed
  • "In Channels", at the top, navigate to the file you need.Screenshot showing inside the team and where the channels are located
  • Hover over the files and "three dots" will appear.Screenshot showing hovering over a document and three dots appearing
  • Select "Version history".                                                                         Screenshot showing version history is a red box
  • The version history will show.Screenshot showing list of version history
  • Select the" three dots" to open the file.Screenshot showing restore, open file and delete version
  • More than one person can work on the same file at the same time.
  • At the top left of the document, a box appears, showing that others are editing the document. and changes are automatically shared. Select "Yes". Screenshot showing allow permissions to view changes on word
  • A box will appear stating that another user is editing the file.Screenshot showing a message of someone editing the document
  • At the top right "a person" icon will appear showing the number of collaborators. Select it.Screenshot showing the share button on word
  • This will show who is editing the document. Here you can add other members to edit the document or get the sharing the link.                   Screenshot showing the share button settings
  • You will see their names whilst they are making changes.Screenshot showing when someone else is editing a document and their name
  • When a person has finished editing the document, a message will appear. Screenshot showing when someone has finished editing a popup appears
  • This file will now be saved with all changes made by all authors.

Microsoft have published excellent support articles and video training for Microsoft Teams, available from the Microsoft Support website.

If you would like more interactive support on how to use Teams, Microsoft have published an interactive demo which explains each section within your web browser.

For a live service status from Microsoft please see the links below: