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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!

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      • Gregg Machel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Ivan Palikuca commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Daniel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Kim Humby commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is there any expected timeframe for this feature? An estimate of when it may be available in TAP or Preview would be helpful. Thanks!

      • Karel Turek commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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...

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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!

      • Jesper commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 :) )

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Michael H. (vultureman) commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • Chad commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Definitely would be a good feature to have, especially if you use something like Planner multiple times a day.

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