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This tip is part of my 5-part series on tips to Navigate and Find Content in Microsoft Teams.  In my last tip, I shared one of the most common places to start searching Teams – “The Search Bar.”  You can access this blog post here – Tip #1- Use the search bar to find messages, files, people, and more.

My next tip expands upon the search bar and shares a few advanced features available in the search bar (also referred to as the “command box”). Typical users often overlook these advanced features, and I find that some of the commands available in the search box come in handy.

As a reminder, here are the tips I have shared or will be sharing in the future:

  1. Use the search bar to find messages, files, people, and more
  2. Use the command box to perform quick actions and access apps
  3. Use the activity feed to see your notifications and mentions
  4. Use the chat tab to find key information in your conversations
  5. Use the Teams tab to search for teams and channels

Tip #2. Use the command box to perform quick actions and access apps

This tip is a simple but powerful hidden feature when you are in the search bar (aka “command box”) at the top of the Microsoft Teams user interface.  From the command box, you can type in a slash (/) to see a list of commands you can use, such as /call, /chat, /brb, /Praise, and more.  For example, “/call” followed by a space and typing the first characters of a name will allow you to quickly initiate a call with your colleague (see below for an example).  The “/chat” command would be similar, but would allow you to send a direct chat from the command box.

Below is an example of being able to send a chat message without having to leave the command box with the /chat command.

STEP 1 – INITIATE THE CHAT COMMAND BY TYPING “/CHAT” AND PRESS ENTER

STEP 2 – SEARCH FOR AND PICK THE CONTACT YOU WOULD LIKE TO SEND A CHAT MESSAGE TO

STEP 3 – TYPE IN YOUR MESSAGE AND PRESS ENTER

 

This is just one example of a command that you can use in the command box. There are commands available by default, and more will be added as you install new apps. To see the full list of commands you have, type “/” in the command box, and you will see some of the commands at your fingertips.  Note this constantly changes, so it is fun to peak at the command list from time to time.

Conclusion

This advanced feature of the main search box (aka command box) is often overlooked by users.  For those keyboard warriors, this allows you to keep your hands on your keyboards and bypass what would normally take a few clicks to initiate. In my next Tips for navigating Microsoft Teams post (Tip #3), I will share my power tips that I have discovered in the activity feed.  My hope is that these tips will help you find content or a location where you want to get work done.

Quick disclaimer.  In this world of software as a service, the platform can change daily.  If you see that one of my tips is outdated, let me know in the comments so I can update them when a change does occur.  I always appreciate feedback and discussions in the comments of my posts.

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