There is a heck of a lot going on in Microsoft Teams with mentions, announcements, meetings, calls, files, and many other things. How is a person supposed to keep up without clicking on each tab to manually check? Well, the Microsoft Teams Activity Feed is here to help! It can show you everything that you may be interested in, as well as what you have done in teams.
Microsoft Teams Activity Feed Overview
The Microsoft Teams activity feed is located at the top left of your Microsoft Teams client. It aggregates activities, both yours and others, in a single location. If you are a member of many Microsoft Teams with lots of channels, then you may be getting spammed with notifications. The activity feed can help. To access it simply click on the Activity link in Teams:
Once this is opened there are a number of capabilities that you can use that are super useful to help you track what is happening in Teams:
Filtering By Type
If you click on the dots to the right of the text search you will get a number of options that are available:
This capability is great, as its an aggregated view of all your activities across all teams. If, for example, you are looking for a mention in a Team, and you are a member of 10 teams, then you can easily filter on mentions and find them here:
The same applies for any activity, such as “unread” (to see any items that are unread and important), “replies” (replies to any conversation that you have had in a Team chat) and “reactions” (any reactions to your posts).
If you have a ton of activities, you can also use the search filter to perform a free text search. This could be across all activities if you don’t choose an activity type (for instance doing a search for “Jordan” without a filter enabled):
Or you can combine both an activity and a free text filter which can really help you find what you need with some great granularity:
One thing that is a little confusing is that the number to the right-hand side is actually the date and not a page number. I originally thought that this might be search result 1 of 3 but its actually the date. Hopefully, Microsoft makes this a little less confusing in the future.
There is also another hidden gem in Microsoft Teams activity feed, and that is the My Activity option:
This shows you the conversations that you have participated in across all the Teams that you are a member of. Unfortunately, it doesn’t show you things like reactions you have done or other things but it is nice to at least see if all aggregated in a single place.
Also, like the rest of the Microsoft Teams Activity Feed functionality, it only applies to Microsoft Teams and not to your private chats. This is a bit disappointing, as it would be great to see this all in a single place.
Microsoft Teams Activities Feed – Final Thoughts
As you become a member of more and more teams you may have too many notifications to make them useful. The Microsoft Teams activity feed allows you a quick and easy way to filter different types of activities so that you can find your way around quickly and easily. It’s also a great way to get back to any activities that you have performed but might have forgotten about, like a conversation you had in a channel, or an announcement that you made. Try it out and see how much more productive you can be!
Thanks for reading, and be sure to let me know if you have any questions or comments!