How To Create Subgroups In Microsoft Teams

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Creating subgroups in Microsoft Teams is a great way to organize your team and collaborate more efficiently. As someone who has used Teams extensively, I can attest to the benefits of utilizing subgroups. In this article, I will guide you through the process of creating subgroups in Microsoft Teams and share some personal tips and insights along the way.

Why Subgroups Matter

Before we dive into the steps of creating subgroups, let’s talk about why they are important. Teams can quickly become overwhelming, especially if you have a large number of members or multiple projects running simultaneously. Subgroups provide a way to break down your team into smaller, more manageable units. This allows for better organization, easier communication, and increased productivity.

Step 1: Navigate to the Team Settings

To create a subgroup, you need to have the necessary permissions within your team. Once you have the required access, follow these steps:

  1. Open Microsoft Teams and navigate to the desired team.
  2. Click on the three dots (…) next to the team name.
  3. Select “Manage team” from the dropdown menu.

This will take you to the Team settings page where you can make various changes to your team’s configuration.

Step 2: Add a New Channel

Subgroups in Teams are created using channels. Each subgroup will have its own dedicated channel where members can collaborate and share information. To add a new channel:

  1. On the Team settings page, click on the “Channels” tab.
  2. Click on the “+ Add channel” button.
  3. Give your subgroup channel a name that clearly indicates its purpose or the subgroup it represents.
  4. Optionally, you can provide a description to provide more context.
  5. Click “Add” to create the channel and subgroup.

Now you have successfully created a subgroup within your team. Repeat these steps to create additional subgroups as needed.

Step 3: Customize the Channel

Once you have created a subgroup channel, you can further customize it to meet the specific needs of your subgroup. Some customization options include:

  • Changing the channel’s picture by clicking on the existing image and selecting a new one.
  • Adjusting the channel’s privacy settings to control who can access the subgroup’s content.
  • Setting up additional tabs, such as Planner or Wiki, to enhance collaboration and organization.

Take some time to explore these customization options and make the subgroup channel your own.


Creating subgroups in Microsoft Teams is a simple yet powerful feature that can greatly improve your team’s collaboration experience. By organizing your members into smaller units, you can streamline communication, increase productivity, and stay organized. Don’t be afraid to experiment with different subgroups and customize each subgroup channel to fit its unique purpose. Happy collaborating!