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5 Benefits of Tags in Microsoft Teams You Didn’t Know About

Tags in Microsoft Teams

Inviting team members to a Microsoft Teams channel is simple, but how do you keep everyone organized and on the same page? Enter the world of tags in Microsoft Teams!

In this blog post, we’ll uncover the 5 benefits of using tags in Teams that you probably didn’t know about. So, let’s dive in and make your Teams experience even more efficient!

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Why Tags in Microsoft Teams Matter

Tags play a crucial role in enhancing team collaboration and efficiency. They help you categorize team members based on roles, projects, topics, or any other criteria, making it easier to communicate.

Benefit 1: Streamlined Communication

Have you ever found yourself scrolling endlessly to find the right person for a specific task? With tags, you can group team members based on their roles or expertise. A simple @mention of the tag, and voila! You’ve reached everyone in that group instantly.

Benefit 2: Keep People Interested

Let’s say you have a team for marketing topics where you also provide resources like PowerPoint templates or information about e-mail signatures. This means all employees of your organization need to have access to the team. In addition, there is the marketing team itself, a smaller group of employees.

So if you want to inform your marketing colleagues about some team-internal news and tag the team or the General channel, every single employee will receive a notification. Such unnecessary notifications will flood their timeline and disrupt their focus and productivity.

By creating a tag only for the colleagues who work in marketing and tagging them with it, you kill two birds with one stone: You do not need to tag each person individually but still reach all marketing colleagues at once.

Benefit 3: Improved Task Delegation

Assigning tasks can be a hassle, especially in larger teams. Tags simplify this by allowing you to delegate tasks to a specific group. For example, use a “Developers” tag to assign coding tasks or a “Sales” tag for sales assignments.

Benefit 4: Enhanced Accountability

Tags can also be used to set up accountability groups within your team. Create tags like “Team Leads” or “Project Managers” to quickly update key stakeholders on project statuses or critical issues.

Benefit 5: Quick Access to Resources

Tags aren’t just for people; you can also tag channels – either the one you are posting in, or a different one from the same team. This makes it easier for team members to find what they need without wasting time searching through files.

How to Implement Tags in MS Teams

Time needed: 1 minute

Setting up tags is easy and intuitive – here’s how to do it!

  1. Navigate to Your Team

    Go to the team where you want to implement tags.

  2. Access “More Options

    Next to the team name, you’ll see three dots. Click on these to access the “more options” menu.

  3. Go to Manage Tags

    In the dropdown menu that appears, select “Manage tags.”
    Manage Tags in Microsoft Teams

  4. Create a New Tag

    Once the “Manage tags” page loads, you’ll see a button to create a new tag. Click on it.
    Create a new tag in Microsoft Teams

  5. Name Your Tag

    A text box will appear where you can enter the name and a description of your new tag. Make it descriptive so team members can easily understand its purpose. For example, “MarketingTeam” could be used to tag all members of the marketing department, “ProjectAlpha” could be used for team members working on a specific project, and “UrgentUpdates” could be used to flag critical announcements or updates.
    Enter the details of your new Microsoft Teams tag

  6. Assign Members

    After naming your tag, you can now assign team members to it. You can select multiple members at once.

  7. Save

    Once you’ve assigned members to your tag, click the “Create” button to finalize the process.

  8. Test Your Tag

    To ensure your tag is working as expected, go to any channel within the team and type “@” followed by the tag name. The tagged group should receive a notification.

Edit Tags in Microsoft Teams

If you need to edit a tag later or delete a tag completely, simply go back to “Manage tags”. Click on the three dots next to the tag name and select “Edit” or “Delete”. In the edit option, you can change the tag name as well as add new members or remove members from the tag.

Edit or delete a tag in Microsoft Teams

How to Use Tags in Microsoft Teams

Once you have set up one or more tags for a team, you can use it in any of the team’s channels.

Whenever you want to communicate with a specific group within your team, all you have to do is type “@” followed by the tag name. For example, if you want to alert all the developers about a new code release, you can simply type “@Developers, the new code is ready for review.” This will send a notification to everyone who has been assigned to the “Developers” tag.

How to use tags in Microsoft Teams

It’s a convenient way to communicate efficiently without having to mention each person individually.

FAQ about Microsoft Teams Tags

What are tags in Microsoft Teams?

Tags are labels you can assign to team members in Microsoft Teams to categorize them based on roles, projects, or other criteria. They simplify communication and task delegation.

How do I create a tag in Teams?

Go to the respective team, click on “More options” (three dots) next to the teams name, and choose “Manage tags.” From there, you can create and name your tag.

Can I assign multiple Teams tags to one person?

Yes, you can assign multiple tags to a single team member, allowing for more flexible categorization.

How do I use a tag in a Teams conversation?

Simply type “@” followed by the tag name in a channel conversation to notify all members associated with that tag.

Who can create and manage tags in MS Teams?

By default, team owners and members can create and manage tags, but this can be restricted by your organization’s settings.

Can I delete a tag from Teams?

Yes, if you are the team owner or have created the tag yourself: You can delete a tag by going to “Manage tags” and selecting the “Delete” option next to the tag name.

Can I edit a Teams tag?

Yes, you can edit tags at any time if you have created them yourself or are the owner of the team. Go to “Manage tags”, click the three dots at the right of the tag name and select “Edit”.

What’s the difference between tags and channels?

Channels are specific areas for conversation and file-sharing within a team, while tags are labels for categorizing team members for easier communication.

Can I use tags in private chats in Microsoft Teams?

No, tags are designed for use within team channels and cannot be used in private one-on-one chats.

Are tags available on the mobile Teams app?

Yes, you can use tags in Microsoft Teams on both desktop and mobile applications.

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