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!
Currently Teams has a lot of idiotic "defaults." Abusing the favorites function isn't a solution, it's a workaround to a dumb, easily remedied design decision.
This is not an appropriate solution, it's an annoying workaround to a problem that shouldn't exist.
User interface 101 here Microsoft - if there's a list of items and some whitespace, expand the list to fill the space.
Please only collapse the list if there is not enough whitespace.
How difficult can this be ?
Seriously.. you have a full pane and yet don't display the channels. whats the point..
Michael Powell commented
Just been "committed" to Teams by me employer. This issue the only gripe I have currently (only 2 weeks of occasional use) - went looking for the setting that controlled how many channels are shown - duhhhhh.
Showing all channels should be the default and hiding those not required can't be a hard programming task.
Sad thing seems to be that despite this being a topic here going back to 2016 that no-one seems to be listening...........
[Deleted User] commented
Such awful UX! Either give us an option to disable it(show all channels when team is expanded) or remove it!
Daniel Carbone commented
This is an infuriating design decision. Please just show all the channels available to a team immediately.
About the workaround - having big sized displays and being prevented from using it and working around design decisions does not help accepting the tools.
I have and want to see all channels in a team, without having to check every other day if somebody decided to add one.
Another +1 on this...do not default to collapse channels. This to reduces collaboration by reducing visibility. Let the user decide which channels to pin as a favorite. Give us the choice...I am not a fan of this collapsed view off the bat.
This is really annoying.
I joined a team in the app, and it showed 1 channel, and '7 more channels...'.
I then had to click the ..., then the *, then the ..., then the *... 7 times to add them all.
The thing is, the left pane has a scroll bar! I have more than enough room to see all the channels in a team at once, and when I want to go see another team, I'll scroll, and do the same.
I'd prefer the ability to hide them, or to make this feature optional.
Limiting the visibility to just the first five channels created is not helpful to me and my team. My team works on multiple projects at a time and we have different channels to address each project as we start and then complete them. Perhaps what would be helpful is to have the default visibility set to the first 5 channels, but have the option for an expanded channel view for certain teams.
This one is kinda obnoxious, i want to expand all the channels, i don't want it limited to 5, or at least give us the option to expand it....you've got an epic amount of wasted real estate.
I agree, what a pain to have to do this. We've just deployed Teams and I'm already reconsidering Slack for this reason alone.
David Krings commented
When I click on the ellipsis next to a channel name the command "Favorite" is not shown. Make this a setting somewhere to determine how many channels per team a user wants to see.
I prefer to see everything even if that makes for a long list. I am on so many teams that even with the limit of 5 channels I still have to scroll.
Jerry Jackson commented
Suphatra's work around is just that.. a work around, it wastes so much time. Some of our teams have MANY channels, requiring every user that joins the team to have to manually go through and favourite them all is stupidly inefficient. I don't understand a scenario where you would ever want users not to see the channel by default.. Maybe if there were heaps of channels which don't get any activity.. but surely unpinning would be better than having to pin everything.
Why not just show all the channels? It's like you guys *want* everyone to have to click a bunch of extra times on everything.
Richard Stevens commented
I can only second this request. Favorites are a different functionality. Yes, they might work as a workaround but seeing all channels at a glance helps a lot with navigation.
Peter Braun commented
Too lazy to re-invent the wheel, therefore I blatantly copy and paste from previous posts that suit :-)
- I'd like to see a single list of all favourited channels, irrespective of team.
A) Automatically display all channels that can fit in available 'white space', depending on how the app is sized.
B) Allow for a setting to determine how many channels you want (probably easier to code), or an option to just display them all, with a scroll bar as needed.
Heck, even a settings or gear icon to manage options within the app would be nice!
Martin Meraner commented
at least it does not fit my needs. I would wish for a fully expanded view to be a permanent option. I don't want to go through Favorites.
Hi - Definitely amend this to show default more than 5 channels, there is a huge waste of space under these and clicking the more channels to get access to the others I use has got old fast.
I want to be able to see everything. Even if I have to scroll. Currently, when I expand one Team to view the Channels, another gets un(?) expanded...That's annoying. Let me choose.