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Naming Microsoft Teams Private Chats, even multiple chats with the same people

Thanks to David Rosenthal, Senior PM in the Microsoft Teams Product Group for this tip.

In Microsoft Teams you can create a “private chat” with up to 50 people. Usually chat is used for more short/ad-hoc communications and Teams and Channels are used for more project/topic specific conversations, however, you might have a need to communicate to multiple people in a chat on a particular topic, or sometimes with the same people but focused on different topics.

You likely know you can start a chat with multiple people

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You can even name the chat by clicking the pencil and giving it a name

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You can even then search for chats by the name

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And Pin chats to keep them at the top of you chat list

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But what if you have a different topic to talk about with the same group of people? Up until now, I would @ mention the same 3 people, the existing chat would appear and I would have the chat there (meaning no topic separation)

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What I didn’t realise was that you can create a new chat with a new name/topic with the same group of people. In the new chat hit the drop down on the left

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Name the chat and add the people, it creates a new separate chat

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Note, two chats with the same people in each chat:

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Tom Arbuthnot

A Microsoft MVP and Microsoft Certified Master, Tom Arbuthnot is Principal Solutions Architect at Microsoft Collaboration specialists Modality Systems.

Tom stays up to date with industry developments and shares news and his opinions on his blog, Microsoft Teams Podcast and email list. He is a regular speaker at events around the world.

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  • That is Great sir. It feels so good to have information About the new features.

    Thanks for posting the content..

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