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Add background effects to Teams 

You can download and use images taken at campus as a background image when you are in a meeting in Teams. If you use Teams as an application in your computer and have the Client Management service, the images are already uploaded to Teams. If you do not have Client Management, you must upload the images yourself. 

If you have Client Management

When you are in a meeting in Teams, click on the three dots, More actions and then Apply background effects. 

There are several pictures that you can choose from. If you scroll down, you will find the pictures taken at campus. 

Select image and click Apply. 

If you do not have Client Management

Go to Mediabanken and download the images you want to use. 

When you are in a meeting in Teams, click on the three dots, More actions and then Apply background effects. 

Click Add new and locate the image you want to add, then click Open. 

Select the image and click Apply. 

Inviting multiple users to a team in Teams

Here are two tips on how to invite members to join a team themselves. Note that these options only work for users with Umu accounts.

Invite with a code

All teams have a code that can be used to join the team. The person using the code will join the team immediately. Please note that only people with Umu accounts can connect with a code.

Get the team code

  1. Go to your team. Select the three dots to the right of the team name. Click Manage Teams.
  2. Go to Settings and select Team Code.
  3. When you click Generate, you will get the code and can copy and share it to your members.

Join teams with code

  1. Go to Microsoft Teams and select the Team tab and then Join or create a team.
  2. You get the option to create a team or join with a code, this is where you paste the code and choose to join the team.

Invite with link

  1. Go to your team. Select the three dots to the right of the team name, click on Get link to team.
  2. You will then receive a link to copy and send to the members. When they click on the link, they get access to and membership in the team.

Teams FAQ

Meetings in Teams

Will Skype disappear?
Yes, Microsoft will eventually stop updating Skype and instead only invest in Microsoft Teams.

At this time, it is not possible to call external persons directly via Teams. You can do this as usual via Skype, until the changes are made.

How many people can you see at the same time during a meeting in Teams?
It is possible to see 49 people at a time during a meeting.

Does the meeting end automatically when the meeting time ends?
No, the meeting only ends when someone chooses to end the meeting or all participants have left it.

How many can participate in a Team Meeting?
250 people can attend a meeting.

Can I book a Teams meeting via Outlook?
Yes, you can schedule a Teams meeting directly in Outlook. To do this, you need to have Teams installed on your computer.

Can I raise my hand during a Teams meeting?
Yes, it is possible to raise your hand during a meeting.

Can I use a whiteboard in a Teams meeting?
Yes, you can use whiteboard. To start a whiteboard, click the split screen button. Once you click there, you can select the whiteboard.

If you want more features, it is recommended to download Microsoft Whiteboard to your computer.

Can I moderate a meeting in Teams?

Yes, you can choose to mute participants’ microphones, invite more or remove participants during an ongoing meeting. You can also choose whether participants should have the opportunity to activate their microphone during the meeting and whether the chat should be available

Can I set up a lobby for Teams meetings?

Yes. You can choose to exclude all, external or none at all. You as the creator of the meeting will always be able to join the meeting.

Is it possible to divide the meeting into breakout rooms?

Yes, during the meeting there is the function to divide the meeting into smaller groups.

Team

How much storage is there in a team?
In a team there is 1 TB of storage space.

How many channels can I create?
You can create 200 standard channels and 30 private channels in a team.

What is a private channel?
A private channel is only available to the people you specify should have access to the channel. The people must be participants in the team. It does not work to only invite one person to a private channel but not to the team in general.

Can everyone in a team create channels?
It depends on the attribute set by the team owner. Under Manage teams the team owner can choose whether a member can create and delete channels. There are also more settings that can be customized.

When I create a team, what type should I use?

Of the four options provided (Class, PLC, Personal, Other), the last type “Other” is to be used. This is without formatting and gives you the opportunity to build your team completely according to your needs.

How do I know if I should create a private or public team?

In most cases, it is private you should choose. Private teams can only be seen by those you invite, while the public teams are available to everyone at Umeå University.

What is the difference between being an owner and a member of a team?
An owner of a team is the one who administrates the team. The owner can add and remove members and decide what the members should have permissions to do in a team. It is possible to have several owners of a team.

What happens if someone accidentally deletes a file?
If someone accidentally deletes files in a team, the files can be downloaded from the team’s trash in Sharepoint, where they are stored for 30 days. After 30 days, the files are placed in a secondary trash can for 60 days before disappearing. Your files are stored in the Trash for 90 days.

What is the difference between Chat and Posts in a Team?

The chat function is the replacement for Skype and allows you to communicate with individual colleagues or groups in text and conversation. You can also share screen.

To create areas for collaboration, you are recommended to create a team. The conversations under Posts in the team are visible to everyone in the team and unlike in the chat, the conversations are tied together in threads to keep the current topic together.

In the chat, you communicate in a constant flow while conversations under Posts in teams are divided into threads for easier follow-up in the collaboration. You can use the chat for everyday talk and short conversations, while Posts in teams can be seen as a more formal forum.

Can I move files to another channel or team?
Yes, you can move files. Click on the three dots and then choose Move. You can also open the files in Sharepoint for easier handling of the files.

Can I create “subchannels”?
No, you can only create channels in a team.

Can I change the name of a team?

Yes, it is possible to change the name of a team. Keep in mind that all teams get their own Sharepoint site, these cannot be renamed. This means that when you change the name of your team in Teams, this is just a display name. The Sharepoint site will still retain the original name.

Can I rename a channel?
Yes, it is possible to rename a channel. To do this, click on the three dots and then Edit this channel. Here, too, the original name will remain in the associated document library in Sharepoint.

Why are the team files in Sharepoint?

When you create a team, a Sharepoint is also created in the background. The files are technically stored in Sharepoint, but you can manage them directly in Teams. Sharepoint makes it possible to share files in Office 365.

Can I invite an external participant to Teams?
You can add external people as a guest in Teams. Anyone who has an email account, such as Outlook, Gmail or similar, can join your team as a guest.

What can an external participant (guest) do in a team?
A guest can do everything that other participants in a team can do, except add tabs. The owner of the team can also set whether the guest should be allowed to create channels or not in a team.

Can you add AD groups to a team?
No, at present this is not possible. We hope to be able to offer this in the future.

Why do I not have the AutoSave feature in Word?
It depends on which version of the office suite you have. If you download Office from the portal (o365.umu.se), you will have the opportunity to use Save automatically in Word, Excel and PowerPoint.

Can I create folders for files?
Yes, you can build your folder structure just like on your computer. Create folders in the file area for each channel exactly as you want.

Is there any difference to edit from the desktop app or directly in teams?
In the desktop app, you have the opportunity to do more advanced functions. Otherwise, it’s the same thing to edit directly in the Teams or desktop app. If you choose to open in the desktop app and save, it will be saved automatically in the team, so you do not need to download a copy, and all members will have access to your changes.

If you work in the desktop app at the same time as your colleagues, we recommend that you download the Office package from the portal so that you get the function “Save automatically”. You will then, just like in the web, see where your colleagues edit (otherwise you need to save regularly for your colleagues to see your changes).

How do I get notified that something is happening in Teams?
You can set notifications in general for the entire program.

You can also set notifications for specific channels in a team. You can choose how you want to be notified for each channel.

Can students use Microsoft Teams?
Yes, students have access to Office 365.

Can I view previous versions of a document?
Yes, you can see previous versions and even revert to previous versions if you want.

Tips for a good working “Team”

Create a good base structure

  • What is the main reason for the team? 
  • What does the group need? 
  • Which channels will you have?  ….to start with and why?

Choosing the correct rights and permissions

  • Decide which rights and permissions each member will have with regards to channels, messages and tabs.
  • Always create at least two (2) “owners” of a team.

 Create a new channel if you need to, but understand why you are creating a channel and do you really need it?

  • Discuss the proposal with members of your team.
  • Create a clear and meaningful name.
  • Describe the channel and what it shall be used for. 

Communicate clearly within the team

  • Use titles that have a clear meaning to make it easier to understand what they are about 
  • Use the @ to to notify a specific person.  Otherwise the whole team will get the notification of your post. 
  • To answer a post click on “Answer” so that you do not start a whole new conversation.  This way all the threads hang together as well.


    Click on the A at the bottom of the screen if you wish to change formatting of your post.

Moving Common Files

  • Create a folder for respective files 
  • Upload shared files to the team and remove them from your existing folders so you don’t have multiple documents in multiple places
  • Decide together that from a certain date ALL files will be put into Teams and nowhere else (to prevent multiple copies of documents)
  • If you work a lot with specific files, synchronize your teams files in explorer. That way you can directly access them from your computer.

Create a “team” in Teams

  1. Open Teams.  You will find Teams as an app in your computer, or via att log in to Office 365 in your web browser.   Log in with your Umu-id. 
    Log in to Office 365
  2.  In the menu choose  ”Teams
  3. From the menu on the left hand side choose “Teams”
  4. To Join a team or create a team click on  Join or create team (Top right hand corner)
    Note that your teams can look a little different in colour and theme

  5. There are four different types of themes.  If the goal is to create a workplace for a workgroup or project you can choose “Other”.
    More information on the types of Teams

  6. Once you have chosen your team type it is time to give your team a Name and a Description (you can change either or both afterwards).  You can also choose if your new Team will be a Private team or a Public team.   This team will be the center for your collaboration.  In every team you can later create different channels for more detailed work.

    Creating a channel in Teams (swedish)

  7. The last step in creating your team is to invite members.  In the box you can write in the name of the person or people from within your organisation (one at a time).  Once you have your list click on “Add”.   You can then decide the rights and permissions for each member.  owner or Private.

    More on rights and permissions   If you choose to invite external members to your team you must type in their email address.  They will then receive an invitation with which they can join as a guest.


  8. Your team is now ready for you to work in.