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Microsoft has made all documents and OneNote Notebooks in Teams read-only to reduce the service load on Teams during the increased demand as everyone shifts to work from home.

You can only view files in Teams for now, or click on the eclipse (...) and select "Open in Browser" (or "Open in Desktop App" if you have the Office 365 version of Word installed).

Login on any browser

Go to Office 365 Portal and login with NUSNET ID and select Teams

Download Client Apps

Get Teams on all your devices:

 Web Browser (

  • Microsoft Edge [Calls and Meetings supported]
  • Internet Explorer 11
  • Chrome (latest and 2 previous major versions) [Calls and Meetings supported]
  • Firefox (latest and 2 previous major versions)
  • Safari 11.1+

 Desktop App

  • Windows 7+ (32-bit & 64-bit)
  • MacOS (10.10+)
  • Linux (.deb & .rpm)

 Mobile App

  • Android (latest and 3 previous major version)
  • iOS (latest and 1 previous major version)

Creating a New Team

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  • Choose a team type (for staff only)

    titleDifference in team types

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    ScenarioTeachers and students working on group projects, assignments etc.Professional Learning Community for educators.Staff or departments working on administration tasks & development. Any other interest groups or collaborations.
    Team OwnersTeachersEducatorsStaff leadersAnyone
    Team MembersStudentsOther educatorsStaff membersAnyone
    Educational Goals
    • Assign, track, and review student work
    • Export grades
    • Collaborate and communicate in the classroom
    • Make announcements
    • Administer quizzes and polls
    • Work in student groups
    • Share and organise rich content
    • Invite virtual experts into the classroom
    • Collaborate in professional learning communities

    • Communicate

    • Make announcements

    • Share work

    • Organise virtual or face-to-face meetings

    • Work in smaller groups

    • Share and organise content

    • Oversee professional development, staff, and administrative goals

    • Communicate

    • Make announcements

    • Share content and progress reports

    • Work in smaller groups

    • Organize virtual or face-to-face meetings

    • Collaborate and communicate with team members

    • Make announcements

    • Share content

    • Organize virtual or face-to-face meetings

    • Work in smaller groups

    • Private Team only.
    • Teachers can mute/disable individual students' conversations.
    • Students only have write permission in certain areas.
    • Educators share equal read-write permissions.
    • Staff leaders control posting settings. Staff members only have write permission in certain areas.
    • Staff leaders control posting settings. Staff members only have write permission in certain areas.
    Default Setup

    Class Notebook

    1. Collaboration Space
    2. Content Library
    3. Student Notebooks
      • Class Notes
      • Handouts
      • Homework
      • Quizzes


    • Teachers can create, distribute, track and review and grade student work.
    • Students can track due dates, submit their work and check feedback.
    OneNote notebook

    Staff Notebook

    1. Collaboration Space
    2. Content Library
    3. Private Notebooks
      • Professional Dev
      • Classroom Observations
      • Lesson Plan Feedback
      • Evaluation
      • Parent Communication

    OneNote notebook (optional)

    Learn More..Create a team for classesCreate a team for PLCsCreate a team for staff

    Source: Microsoft Support - Choose a team type to collaborate in Microsoft Teams

  • Team visibility setting: 
    • Public (visible to entire organisation) 
    • Private (by invite only)
  • Create a team (up to 5000 members)
    1. Add members (individual users or groups) by email addresses or
    2. Generate a code for users to join 

Teams and Channels

Read: Best practices for organising teams

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  • Add channels within a team to focus on specific topics with customised content (up to 200 channels per team)
  • Add connectors to integrate 3rd party tools


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  • Threaded conversations (reply to posts / start a new conversation).
  • Use @mention to bring to someone's attention. @team and @channel mentions will trigger an email notification by default if the members are not logged in.
  • Like and save important messages
  • Express yourself with attachments, emojis, stickers and GIFs
  • New members can see past content and chat history anytime (if team owner choose to allow)


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  • Organise your files, notes, links and custom tools into tabs for quick access.
  • Seamless integration with in-built Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote for co-editing.


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Schedule an audio or video call with anyone or with your team for online meetings (up to 250 attendees).

  • Share screens (entire desktop / specific window / PowerPoint file) 
  • Use the Microsoft WhiteBoard right in your meeting
  • Record meetings for absentees (saved in Microsoft Stream) 
  • Chat during meeting (captured in Conversations) 

See: Online Meeting with Teams


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Private chat for 1:1 and in groups (up to 100 members):

  • Share files 
  • Make an audio/video call 

For more guides and FAQ, visit Microsoft Teams Help Center.

Limits and Specifications