Get started with team templates in the admin center

Ability to create custom templates is not yet supported for EDU customers.

Note

Private channels and sensitivity labels are currently not supported in team templates. Private channel creation is not included in template definitions. The sensitivity label option in Create team from template flow will not be applied to the team.

Team templates are pre-built definitions of a team's structure designed around a business need or project. Use pre-built templates or create your own template. Team templates let you quickly create rich collaboration spaces with channels for different topics and preinstall apps to pull in mission-critical content and services. Team templates provide a predefined team structure that can help you easily create consistent teams across your organization. Currently you can create a team from a template in Teams or using Microsoft Graph.

This article describes the following features:

  • The properties that can be defined in templates.
  • The base template types.
  • How you can use a few samples requests to create a team from a template.

This article is for you if you're responsible for planning, deploying, and managing multiple teams across your organization

Team template capabilities

Most properties in a team are included and supported by templates. But there are a few properties and features that aren't currently supported. The following table provides a quick summary of what's included and what's not included in team templates.

Team properties supported by team templates Team properties not yet supported by team templates
Base template type Team membership
Team name Team picture
Team description Channel settings
Team visibility (public or private) Connectors
Team settings (for example, member, guest, @ mentions) Files and content
Autofavorite channel
Installed app
Pinned tabs

Note

We'll be adding more template capabilities in future releases of Microsoft Teams, so check back for the most up-to-date information on supported properties.

What are base template types

Base template types are special templates that Microsoft created for specific industries. These base templates often contain proprietary apps that aren't available in the apps store.

Once a base template type is defined, you can extend or override these special templates with more properties that you'd like to specify. Some base template types contain properties that can't be overridden.

Note

Pre-defined base templates provided in Microsoft Teams can be duplicated but not edited.

Base template type baseTemplateId Properties that come with this base template
Adopt Office 365 com.microsoft.teams.template.AdoptOffice365 Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Champions corner
  • Team forms
  • Calendar
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Channel calendar
Manage a project com.microsoft.teams.template.ManageAProject Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Resources
  • Planning
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • OneNote
  • Planner
  • Lists
Manage an event com.microsoft.teams.template.ManageAnEvent Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Budget
  • Content
  • Logistics
  • Planning
  • Marketing and PR
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Website
  • YouTube
  • Planner
  • OneNote
  • Employee ideas
  • Issue Reporter
Onboard employees com.microsoft.teams.template.OnboardEmployees Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Employee chat
  • Training
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Communities
  • Planner
  • Employee ideas
Organize help desk com.microsoft.teams.template.OrganizeHelpDesk Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • FAQ
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • OneNote
  • Planner
  • Praise
  • Issue Reporter
Patient care healthcareWard Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Huddles
  • Rounds
  • Staffing
  • Training
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Lists 
  • Approvals
Collaborate on global crisis or event com.microsoft.teams.template.CollaborateOnAGlobalCrisisOrEvent Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • World news
  • Business continuity
  • Remote working
  • Internal comms
  • External comms
  • Approvals request
  • Customer complaints
  • Kudos
  • Executive update
Apps:
  • Praise
  • Wiki
  • Website
  • Planner
  • Issue Reporter
Bank branch com.microsoft.teams.template.CollaborateWithinABankBranch Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Huddles
  • Customer meetings
  • Approvals Request
  • Coaching
  • Skills development
  • Loan processing
  • Customer complaints
  • Kudos
  • Fun stuff
  • Compliance
Apps:
  • Praise
  • Issue Reporter
Incident response com.microsoft.teams.template.CoordinateIncidentResponse Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Logistics
  • Planning
  • Recovery
  • Urgent
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Excel
  • OneNote
  • SharePoint
  • Planner
  • Approvals
  • Inspection
Hospital healthcareHospital Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Compliance
  • Custodial
  • Human resources
  • Pharmacy
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Lists 
Organize a store retailStore Channels:
  • General
  • Shift handoff
  • Learning
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Planner
Quality and safety com.microsoft.teams.template.QualitySafety Channels:
  • General
  • Announcements
  • Line 1
  • Line 2
  • Line 3
  • Safety
  • Training
  • Maintenance
  • Fun stuff
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Planner
  • Issue Reporter
  • Inspection
Retail for managers retailManagerCollaboration Channels:
  • General
  • Operations
  • Learning
Apps:
  • Wiki
  • Planner

For more information about the template categories, see the following categories:

Template size limits

Templates are limited to a specific number of channels, tabs, and apps.

Note

You can add more channels, tabs, and apps to the team after it's been created from a template.

Feature Limit
Channels per template 15
Tabs per channel in a template 20
Apps per template 50

See Limits and specifications of Teams for more information.

Manage templates in PowerShell

Use the following cmdlts to manage your templates in PowerShell.