How to Show, Hide, and Pin Teams and Channels in Microsoft Teams

Last Updated: Feb 9, 2024 by

Microsoft Teams is a powerful collaboration tool that allows teams to communicate and work together seamlessly. With its customizable interface, users can tailor their Teams experience to fit their specific needs. In this article, we will discuss how to show, hide, and pin Teams and channels in Microsoft Teams to optimize your workspace.

Customizing Your Teams View

When you first open Microsoft Teams, you will see a list of all your teams and channels on the left-hand side of the screen. This is known as the “Teams view.” However, you may find that you only regularly use a few of these teams and channels, and the rest clutter up your view. To customize your Teams view, follow these steps:

  1. Hover over the team or channel you want to hide.
  2. Click on the three dots that appear.
  3. Select “Hide” from the drop-down menu.

This will remove the team or channel from your Teams view, but you can still access it by clicking on the “Hidden” tab at the top of the list. To unhide a team or channel, simply follow the same steps and select “Unhide” instead.

Pinning Teams and Channels

If you have a few teams and channels that you use frequently, you may want to pin them to the top of your Teams view for easy access. To do this, follow these steps:

  1. Hover over the team or channel you want to pin.
  2. Click on the three dots that appear.
  3. Select “Pin” from the drop-down menu.

The pinned team or channel will now appear at the top of your Teams view, marked with a pin icon. You can unpin it by following the same steps and selecting “Unpin” instead.

Customizing Your Channel View

In addition to customizing your Teams view, you can also customize your channel view within a specific team. This is useful if you only want to see certain channels within a team, or if you want to rearrange the order of your channels. To customize your channel view, follow these steps:

  1. Click on the team you want to customize.
  2. Click on the “More options” (three dots) button next to the team name.
  3. Select “Manage team” from the drop-down menu.
  4. Click on the “Channels” tab.
  5. Hover over the channel you want to hide, rearrange, or pin.
  6. Click on the three dots that appear.
  7. Select the desired action from the drop-down menu.

You can also add new channels by clicking on the “Add channel” button at the bottom of the list.

Conclusion

Customizing your Teams and channels in Microsoft Teams can greatly improve your productivity and organization. By hiding, pinning, and rearranging your teams and channels, you can create a personalized workspace that fits your needs. Experiment with these customization options to find the setup that works best for you and your team.

Have you customized your Teams and channels in Microsoft Teams? Share your tips and tricks in the comments below.

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About the Author: Gulrukh Ch

Gulrukh Chaudhary, an accomplished digital marketer and technology writer with a passion for exploring the frontiers of innovation. Armed with a Master's degree in Information Technology, Gulrukh seamlessly blends her technical prowess with her creative flair, resulting in captivating insights into the world of emerging technologies. Discover more about her on her LinkedIn profile.