Teams are made up of channels, which are the conversations you have with your teammates. Each channel is dedicated to a specific topic, department, or project.

All members of a team can create standard channels however private channels must be created by Team Owners.  This setting can be managed by the Team owner.  A standard channel is open for all members and anything posted is searchable by others. If you need a smaller audience for a specific project, you can create a private channel for your team.

Create a Channel

  • To create a Channel select the three dots symbolizing More options More options button then choose Add channel.
    • You can also click Manage team, and add a channel in the Channels tab. 

  • From there you will need to name your Channel, list a description(optional), and choose the privacy settings.
    • A standard channel will be open for everyone on your Team to view.
    • A Private channel will only be accessible to those you add to the channel.  Only Owners of the Team can create Private channels.
      • When a private channel

  • Click Add to create the channel

To Delete/Edit/Hide/Leave a Channel

  • To delete a Channel select More options More options button next to the channel name. Then, use the menu to edit, delete, hide, or leave the channel as desired.

Note: Team owners get to decide which team members can delete channels.  See below.

Keep in mind that once you delete a channel, you also lose its entire conversation history. However, the OneNote sections associated with that channel will still show up on your team's SharePoint site.  

To Restore a deleted Channel

You can find deleted channels directly in the Teams client. The following steps show the process to view a deleted channel. Please note that it only has a 30-day soft-delete.  A Channel must be restored by a Team Owner.  

  1. Click More options next to the target team > choose Manage team.
  2. In the management page, open Channels tab and expand the Deleted list.

You are limited to 200 channels over the life of a team. That number includes channels you create and later delete. 

For information on how to add/remove members of a team or channel see Managing Members of a Team

Team Owners have the ability to limit the creation of channels by team members in settings see Managing Team Settings

For further instructions visit Microsoft Teams.

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