How To Do Polls On Microsoft Teams

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I am excited to discuss my personal encounter with utilizing polls on Microsoft Teams. As an avid user of the platform for team cooperation, I have discovered the polling function to be a valuable resource for collecting input and utilizing data to inform decisions. In this piece, I will provide a step-by-step guide on how to create and conduct polls on Microsoft Teams, and also offer some helpful insights I have learned along the way.

Getting Started with Polls on Microsoft Teams

Before we dive into the world of polls, make sure you have the latest version of Microsoft Teams installed on your device. Polls are available to both desktop and mobile users, ensuring you can make use of this feature regardless of your preferred device.

To get started, open your Microsoft Teams application and select the channel or chat where you would like to conduct the poll. Once you’re in the desired location, click on the “…” (ellipsis) icon at the bottom of the message input box. This will open a menu with various options, including the option to create a poll.

Select “Forms” from the menu, and you will be directed to Microsoft Forms, which is the platform used for creating and managing polls in Microsoft Teams. If you haven’t used Microsoft Forms before, don’t worry! It’s a user-friendly tool that allows you to easily create and customize polls to suit your needs.

Creating and Customizing Your Poll

Once you’re in Microsoft Forms, you can start creating your poll by clicking on the “New Form” button. Give your poll a title that clearly represents the topic or question you’re asking. Additionally, you can add a description to provide more context or instructions for the participants.

Next, it’s time to add the actual poll questions. Microsoft Forms offers various question types, including multiple choice, rating scales, and text input. Choose the question type that best suits your needs, and provide the options or prompts accordingly. You can also mark certain questions as required or allow participants to skip them if necessary.

Adding personal touches to your poll can make it more engaging and interesting for participants. Consider adding images, videos, or even emojis to accompany your questions. This can help capture attention and make the poll feel less formal.

Distributing and Collecting Responses

Once you have customized your poll to your satisfaction, it’s time to distribute it to your intended audience. In Microsoft Teams, you can share the poll directly within a channel or chat by selecting the “Share to Teams” option in the top right corner of the Microsoft Forms page.

The participants will receive a notification in Microsoft Teams with a link to the poll. They can click on the link to access the poll and submit their responses. Microsoft Forms automatically collects and organizes the responses for you, making it easy to analyze and interpret the data.

Tips and Tricks for Effective Polling

  • Keep your poll questions concise and clear to avoid confusion.
  • Consider using anonymous responses if you want to encourage honesty and unbiased feedback.
  • Utilize the “Branching” feature in Microsoft Forms to create dynamic polls with follow-up questions based on previous responses.
  • Share the poll link via email or other communication channels if you have participants who are not on Microsoft Teams.
  • Experiment with different question types and formats to keep your polls fresh and engaging.


Using polls on Microsoft Teams has greatly enhanced my ability to gather valuable insights and opinions from my team members. The ease of use and flexibility offered by Microsoft Forms make it a powerful tool for conducting polls in a collaborative environment.

So why not give polls a try in your next Teams meeting or project? Incorporating feedback and involving your team in decision-making can lead to more productive and engaging discussions. Happy polling!