User customizable left navigation
The far left navigation panel seems to have a whole lot of blank space just calling out to be filled with things, and there is plenty of functionality within Teams that could be put there so users could reach it faster. That big gap between Files and Feedback is wasted space!
You should let individual users decide what goes in this space by giving them the ability to pin additional things they want there. I use the 'Saved' functionality a lot for example. It would be nice to have it out there only one click away. Perhaps I think a certain person, bot, or channel is important enough to deserve placement out there. Or how about a certain Tab somewhere.
Give the user the choice and allow them to make Teams their own!
This feature request is now in the planning stage. As more details become available, I will post them here.
Gregg Machel commented
I echo what most have said here in the comments. We can do this with O365 Apps using the App Launcher (pin to launcher). Put this same feature on Teams desktop app.
Yes, I need to use planner and don't feel like digging for it each time
Ivan Palikuca commented
Left navigation bar is waste of space if it cannot be customized. As an example, I don't use on a daily basis "Activity" and "Assignments" but I do use Planner, OneNote, Flow... I would like pin those rather than clicking on "..." to access them. In addition to that only 6 apps in that navigation menu is a bit of a waste of space, yes I agree some screens have different resolutions, thus you cannot always count on number of apps being able to fit, but allow use to either customize those 6 or allow us to pin more.
Vanessa Hess commented
YES! When is this going to happen?
Helena Sköld commented
Yup, would like to pin my planner there, thanks!
I'm happy to hear that this feature is being considered. We should also be able to remove the assignments icon if we don't need that for the education version.
Katherine Tyson commented
Can't wait for this to be a thing. Would be super helpful with Planner
Kim Humby commented
Is there any expected timeframe for this feature? An estimate of when it may be available in TAP or Preview would be helpful. Thanks!
Michael Saulters commented
Better yet, allow it to be moved to the top/bottom/right and auto-hide like the Windows taskbar.
Karel Turek commented
To have a chance to pin there Planner with My tasks, ordered by Due date is IMHO very important time-saving feature. I am pretty sure this suggestion would have much more votes, just no one knows how to call this 'left navigation'. In addition, people use different language versions...
Teams User commented
the columns need to be customizable or link to Sharepoint lists
I just started using teams and overall I like it but it feels half baked with many OBVIOUS features such as this missing. Please get an update out soon to address the many missing configuration options in the program.
I find it hard to believe that this wasn't included in the current version - using Planner is too many clicks away to use, which is killing it for my teams.
Please get this in place - this is such a trivial thing to implement!
Can't wait for this feature to be implemented..
Experienced the issue today and thought I was doing something wrong..
Well.. others have same issue.. Let's be able to pin our used apps to the left bar and unpin those we do not use.. (Looking forward to have Outlook integrated to Teams as well :) )
Absolutely agree. Shortcut to "My Tasks" in Planner would be a great improvement and make work on the Teams platform even more inclusive. Currently you have to click on the three dots, click on Planner, and then go to My Tasks.
Paul Hodkinson commented
+1 Definitely need this to make the apps worth being there
Michael H. (vultureman) commented
So that this is clear to MS, we're saying that it's annoying that we have to hit the ellipsis every time to open apps like OneNote or Planner:
https://i.imgur.com/49jqjM7.png for a link to what we're talking about.
Apps that were installed are given their own ellipsis menu for uninstalling them, but we'd like to see an option to pin them in that same spot. https://i.imgur.com/7SSq9sY.png
Ideally, it wold be cool if I could unpin Activity, Meetings, and Files as well, as I use Chat, Teams, and OneNote for 99.8% of my tasks, but just adding the ability to pin added apps should be priority first.
Nicolas Cirnigliaro commented
Must have feature!!
Definitely would be a good feature to have, especially if you use something like Planner multiple times a day.