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Create a Group in Office 365


An Office 365 group includes a shared workspace for email, conversations, files, and calendar events so group members can communicate, collaborate, and quickly get stuff done.

To Create an Office 365 Group:

  1. Log into
  2. In the left hand navigation pane, click Folders which appears at the top of the list. Groups will appear in the navigation pane below Folders. Click Create which is below Groups.
  3. Choose the type of group you'd like to create, normally a Standard group which allows for team collaboration.  Click Next.
  4. In the Choose a name field, enter a group name that briefly captures the spirit of the group, then press Tab. A suggested group ID is provided. To assign a different name to your group which will be part of the group URL, click the pencil icon that appears next to the Group ID box to enable editing of this field. If you see "not available," the group ID is already in use. Try something different. Note that once you choose a group ID, it cannot be changed.
  5. In the Add a description field, enter a detailed description of the group to help others understand its purpose. This description will be included in the welcome email when others join the group.
  6. In the Privacy field, do one of the following: To create a group in which anyone within your organization can view its content and become a member, click Public. To create a group in which membership requires approval by a group owner and only members can view group content, click Private.
  7. To enable subscribed members to receive email and calendar event notifications in both their group inbox and personal inbox, click Subscribe new members so they receive group conversations and calendar events in their inbox. This is recommended when members belong to multiple groups because it means they can see all group notifications in one place without having to visit each group mailbox in order to stay current with group activity.
  8. Click Create which is found at the top of the window.

To add members:

If you're ready to add members to your newly created group, continue with the create group wizard. Otherwise, select Not now. You can always come back and add group members later.

  1. In the Enter the name of a person or group field, type the name of someone you want in the group. As you type, suggestions will be displayed. Select the appropriate person or click Search Directory. To add multiple members, start typing the next name after each selection. You can only add individual members, not groups.
  2. Click Add. You'll see your newly created group on the left navigation pane and a "Welcome" email in your group's inbox.



Email, Communication and Collaboration
Last updated: 
Friday, August 12, 2016
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If you have questions or need further information, contact your department's IT support office, or contact the IT Service Desk via email at [email protected], via phone at 603-646-2999 or walk in to see them in Baker/Berry 178J.

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