See all channels inside a teams in the left panel under the Team's Name
Currently we have Teams defaulted to show you the first (up to five) channels ever created. If you want to add more channels to your left rail view, just click the ellipses next to the channel name and select “Favorite”. When you favorite the channel, it will then be “pinned” to your left rail under that team name.
Try that and let me know if that meets your needs!
This is a change that needs to be made ASAP. There is really no reason to limit it. Let those creating the teams decide how many should be seen. This should be a quick fix. Please address.
We also had a problem with this today. CEO of company has created various channels to get input on...no one responded so he was getting irritated. Can we please get some admin control over this!?!?!
I have many users who are confused that channels are "hidden" at all. They have no idea what is being posted under those channels and are missing important notifications. I agree with everyone else that all channels should be displayed automatically and let the user decide which ones to "hide" for themselves. Otherwise, you have nothing but confusion for the users that are new to Teams.
Did the option to show all channels disappear? It seems Teams is not automatically hiding channels it thinks aren't being used, which is a complete disaster. Can anybody help with this - how do you force Teams to show all channels by default and not try to "tidy up" by auto-hiding channels.
rob geach commented
since the official response is woefully outdated and irrelevant, try this instead:
-Highlight the "Team" you want to change channel visibility for your team members.
-Click the "...", then "Manage team", then the "Channels" heading.
-Under "Show for members" toggle a checkmark in every channel you want to be visible by default
This requires ownership of the Team. If you are only a member of the Team you will only see checkmark options for "Show for me" and can use the location to show/hide all the channels in that team in a pseudo-batching method where at least you don't have to click the "..." for each individual channel.
Hiding things adds a layer of obfuscation and will discourage our new users from using teams, they need simplicity and clarity.
Collaboration tools shouldn't be about hiding anything, but here we are with Teams and its silos of stuff tucked away behind an icon no-one know about. Slack does the sidebar elegantly and simply, very little interaction is needed to see everything you need. Stop trying to be clever guys and just make it work.
Show everything in a team by default, let me hide stuff if I want to.
I have two teams setup with 5 channels in one and 3 channels in the other. The one with 5 channels shows the first channel and then gives the 4 more channels drop down, the team with 3 channels displays all three, this was odd behavior, so went through looking for a setting to display all channels or increase the ones shown, couldn't find it, so went looking for an answer on the web and found that to display all the channels I need to set them all as favorites??
Just like others commenting here, I find this "automatically hiding channels that are not favorites" is just a bizarre choice, considering how expanding and collapsing works in pretty much every Microsoft application I recall using.
Please stop trying to make the UX fancy and just make the thing functional and logical, use standard expand/collapse functionality where I can choose what to have expanded/collapsed or have the channels use the available white space before hiding the extra ones that won't fit.
Even making it so that the first 10 channels PER TEAM were visible would be better than the first five channels globally, that's just poor design.
I want the option to Collapse them or not collapse them personally I have 6 and I wan to see them all - the auto collapse is annoying to me.
This favorite feature is utterly useless when you are in a company where the channels can change weekly or sometime daily. I just want to see all the channels on the pan and be able to scroll down as needed. If you have certain few you use all the time you can favorite them to be on top of the list just like I do on Microsoft Outlook.
Richard Stevens commented
2,5 years in and the sidebar is still as unusable as it always was. This is really sad.
It doesn't realy make sense to show the first created channels.
I think it would be better to give the people the possibility to expand the channel list and show the channels first with the latest activity in.
Chris Pepper commented
Can we have the option to see a pane that is *just * Favorited channels? they could be prefixed with the team, but I'm part of 5 teams, I care about 2 channels in each and between the unbolded text and the big icons I feel even my Favorited channels are lost in the noise, I *like* the ability to view channels in a team structure, but *most* of the time I want to just see a flat list of conversations i'm following.
Steve Gibson commented
It doesn't really make sense to only show 5. That is an arbitrary value that should be controllable by the end user.
I find it surprising that a team as large as Microsoft made a design decision to use a static value for this.
Checking favorite doesn't seem to work for every channel, not sure what determines which ones do and don't work, seems random.
Bad UX choice in the first place
This is incredibly annoying, please allow more settings to select which teams / channels are displayed and in which order.
ditto, make this and all other settings (like showing link previews) user controllable.
Wish my company had let us use slack, so much more controllable.
Just show all the channels by default and don't limit the number of favorites.
I see this continues to be dumb into 2019.
I have 2 teams, one with 5 channels and one with 2 channels. For both teams, instead of showing all channels, one of the channels is always hidden, instead there is the "1 more channel" link, which takes up the same space as the one "missing" channel would! I have more than enough free vertical space in the teams window, so this behaviour is irrational and infuriating. Simply bad UX.