Table of contents
- My teams
- My favorites
- Recommended Teams
- My activities
- The search box and the refiners
- Create a new team
- Other icons
- Frequently asked questions
New to Powell Teams? Click here for the full product overview.
The Welcome page (user dashboard), is your overview of what is happening in Microsoft Teams.
On this page, you will find:
- My favorites tab with your most-used/favorite teams
- All teams tab with the list of all your teams including the recently modified documents within those teams and access to all channels & team shortcuts
- Recommended teams tab with important company teams
- The search box and the refiner to easily find desired teams
- The "Create a new team" button to create a new team
- The button to access the administration page.
- The sign out button
- The Activities icon to access unread notifications, the latest teams created your requests for team approvals, and requests waiting for your approval.
All teams tab
Under the Tab "All Teams", teams will be showcased as team cards in alphabetical order, with team titles, descriptions, and a list of recent documents shared within those teams.
The two icons above, offer two different displays of your teams.
A team card
A team card gives users an overall short overview of what is happening within a team. Each team card includes a team title, a team description, and a three-dots icon.
The "three-dots" icon
You can access additional information and perform additional actions associated with the selected team with the three-dot icon at the upper right corner of a team card:
- Add to favorites/ remove from favorites
- get the link to the team
- edit tags
- Open detail
When you tag a team as "favorite" you will have quick access to it in the “My favorites” tab.
The link to the team will redirect you directly to the team.
Edit tags will allow you to change the tags associated with the team. You can choose different values for each tag from the dropdown list.
Keep in mind that you can modify the tags only if you are an owner of the team
and if the team has an associated template.
We categorize teams with tags during the team creation process.
Find more about tags on the page Manage Tags and refiners.
Open detail lets you access the team information: the list of all team channels, the last documents shared within the team, and quick access to team shortcuts such as SharePoint, OneNote, files, and planner.
The documents displayed in the detail are the recently modified documents with:
- the title of the document with a direct link to open it
- the modification date
To quickly access the teams that you use the most, add them to the "My favorites" tab.
To do that, you need to click on the 3 dots under the “My Teams” tab and tag a team as "favorite". The team will be immediately added to the “My favorites” tab.
As a Powell Teams administrator, you can promote & highlight important company teams to your employees. Click here to see how.
As a new or existing employee, you can quickly discover important company teams to follow through the user dashboard tab “Recommended”. Administrators can target promoted teams to specific employees with the profile feature.
The tab “Promoted Teams” will be displayed only if it has content inside.In other words, if there are some teams promoted that have been promoted to you by administrators.
You can access information on all activities regarding your teams through the icon" activities".
You can filter your data according to:
- unread notifications
- requests waiting for your approval
- your requests waiting for approval
- the latest team created
Requests waiting for your approval
Requests waiting for your approval will display the list of teams that require your approval in order to be activated. To approve or decline a team, click on the "edit" button next to each team request. You will need to review the information about the team and click "accept" or "decline".
My requests waiting for approval
For the teams that you have requested, you have an actual status informing you whether the team was approved or declined. You can click the "eye" icon to review the approval.
The search box and the refiners
The Dashboard allows you to quickly filter and see through all your teams. Through the search box, you can directly look for different teams. To search, type the name of your team in the text box. The refiners on the left side of the page will allow you to filter through your teams. Since tags are applied to teams during creation or import (soon), the refiner will make it easier for you to find the desired team.
You can configure the refiners to reflect the requirements of your company through different departments, locations, or project types for example.
Refiners are created and configured by Powell Teams Administrators. If this area of your dashboard is empty, it means Powell Teams administrators haven't created any filters yet. To configure the refiners, you need to be a Powell Teams Administrator. Then you can access the admin settings through the Manage tags page in the administration section.
When Powell Teams administrators have not set any refiners, a message will be displayed to invite them to do it.
Create a new team
Powell Teams makes the process of team creation simple. You can create a new team based on predefined templates directly from the Welcome page. In order to create a team, click the button "Create a new team" and the team creation form opens.
For more detailed instructions on how to create a new Team: Create a new team
Powell Teams administration access
As a standard user, you will have access only to the user dashboard. Users with administrator rights additionally have access to the Powell Teams administration section. To access the administration center, click the button "Admin administration center".
For more information about the Administration part: The overview of the administration section
If you want to sign out from Powell Teams, click the sign-out icon highlighted in the image below.
Frequently asked questions
1- Why can't I see any team?
Powell Teams only display teams when you have access as a team member or a team owner. You can join an existing team or create your first team with the "Create a team" button to start collaborating with your colleagues.
2- Why can't I see any refiner in the left column?
Refiners are created and configured by Powell Teams Administrators. If this area of your dashboard is empty Powell Teams administrators haven't created any filters yet. To configure the refiners, you need to be a Powell Teams Administrator. Then you can access the admin settings through the Manage tags page in the administration section.
3- Who can access the user dashboard in the company?
When Powell Teams is activated in Microsoft Teams, everyone can access the user dashboard if the app is deployed manually by the user or deployed globally by a Microsoft Teams Administrator. A global Microsoft Teams administrator can also restrict access to the Powell Teams application to specific employees within the Microsoft Team administration center.