Cut Through the Results Fog | Teams Won’t You Guide My Search Tonight? 

Microsoft 365 has a robust and, at times, a bit confusing way to search for information. So how do you cut through the results fog and find what you’re looking for? I recently shared how you can improve Searching in SharePoint, and today I’m going to show you how to level up when looking for information using Microsoft Teams search.  

Teams with your search so vast, help me find my information fast!  

Below you’ll see the December 2020 Microsoft Teams search experience. Typing a term into the search box brings up multiple selectors, including messages, people, and files that contain the search term.  

Clicking a filter brings up additional options to narrow down your results. 

Clicking on Files display files shared to Teams matching the search term. 

Typing backslash into the search box brings up a list of possible actions you can complete in the search bar, several, but not all are search related. 

Typing /files automatically filters for documents available to you within Teams. The line below the title indicates the file’s Team/Channel location.  

To look for something within a selected channel or chat thread type /find. 

Another interesting Microsoft Teams search option is to select /activity and chose a person. This brings up that user’s recent activity. 

I hope these tips will help you surface information in Teams quickly and effectively. There are several enhancements expected early next year that will expand out the Microsoft Teams search capabilities even more, and I’ll be sure to keep you updated!  

Does your team have trouble finding important information? One of our Microsoft 365 search experts would love to help!  

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