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Remove "Staff Notebook" from Microsoft Teams for Education

I am not sure if this is a bug or not but we are using Microsoft Teams educational licenses. We want to use the Teams for our internal staff departments first. For some reason the setup of teams includes extra educational features like it force creates a OneNote tab called "Staff Notebook" in the General channel of each team. the OneNote includes a lot of classroom type customization that we do not want/need. Our departments have their own OneNotes. I cannot delete Staff Notebook tab or even rename it. I can add and delete other OneNotes but we want a clean set of tabs. Does anyone have any suggestions for getting rid of this? Thanks.

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  • Rik Holmes commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Agreed. Not all staff in Universities teach. It would be most useful to be able to keep or remove Staff Notebook as part of a policy to be applied to subsets of users - academics and/or support staff.
    We also operate two tenancies, staff and student, so the Staff Notebook function is not much use in the staff tenancy, even for the academic staff.

  • Sarah Lipsey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would be helpful to be able to change Team settings after setup - especially when you're trying to figure out how to use the tool. So many people pick Staff as the type of Notebook and then end up with stuff they don't need. Ability to change or remove notebook types seems like a reasonable fix.

  • Rob commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Please be gone with this, we don't use this and don't need this. Instead let us use the anyone team and put in the onenote from the group!

  • Astride commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I have found no way to remove this but have found if you choose the "Anyone" template instead of "Staff Members" template when creating your team it will not include the Staff Notebook. So I have been directing my users to use that template.

  • Gillian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes please - remove it. Not all staff in Universities teach. It's bad enough I can't add the (already created) Sharepoint OneNote as a tab (because that would pull everything together) - but not to be able to remove something I'll never use, just looks messy. I can't even move it along to the end of the tabs. Aaargh!! The great thing about Teams is that everything is joined-up and configurable - but it's not when you try to create smooth experience for the Team. :(

  • Nerrida commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I'm finding it exceptionally frustrating that I can't remove a Class notebook created in teams. My students already have a OneNote (which, incidentally, can't be imported into teams) and having another one is messy and confusing.

  • Brian commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Would like this to be an optional tab, but not set up by default for every team and channel.

  • Anton O'Callaghan commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Use anyone Teams. Staff Teams are for supervisors to mentor staff. Staff Teams notebooks are structured in the same manner as class notes.

  • Eliot Attridge commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ditto this. I accidentally created a Staff OneNote. I cannot change this- I *should* be able to remove something if I have accidentally created it.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I want to be able to remove at best or hide at minimum the Staff Notebook channel

  • Rob H commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Same here. Please Microsoft, there is no need to keep those tabs mandatory. Similar issue with renaming the first channel in your team: not possible. I guess it is poor programming rather than a philosophy. MS: you can do better!

  • Sydney Lacey commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I am a specialist at a school district and support a large group of elementary schools. We have started using Teams for our school administrators. This notebook is unnecessary for us the way we are utilizing the platform. All of us already have our own personal OneNote notebooks, and now we each have a redundant one inside our Team's Staff Notebook. With no way to remove the tab from the General channel, I now feel like I have to do something with it. I suppose I could load it up with links to tutorials for how to utilize Team site features and perhaps use it as a sort of Table of Contents for the most important documents in our Team Channels but I would honestly be much happier if I could just delete it.

  • Andrew Chandler commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Assignments tab, class notebook, staff notebook... Forever visible but can't remove.

    It's crazy that we cannot turn these off. Does Microsoft not realize that a metric ton of schools run their own LMS and that these features just cause confusion? This isn't something we can just easily communicate to thousands of employees across dozens of sub-organizations.

    This is literally the only reason we are not deploying Teams. It's great otherwise, in our pilot group at least.

    Microsoft, if you want Teams adoption, you have to give us more control.

  • Carl commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Most staff in big Universities don't actually teach students (e.g. researchers, administrative staff, etc). Having non-removable features specialised for teaching simply because of an educational licence is naive and just clutters the interface, making it less usable for research teams etc.

  • James Bray commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    I've just come back to teams, and this is really annoying me. I have a few teams I made about a year ago, and they don't have the notebook, yet any new ones I make come with the tab even though I don't want it.

    I can understand "Files" being mandated, but I feel like the Notebook is only usable in certain circumstances.

  • Paul Swaim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If someone finds out how to do this, post it on these suggestions so others can remove it. Very annoying to have unwanted tabs taking up real estate. Great if you want it, but this should not be a forced option. Also the same situation for Assignments.

  • Paul Swaim commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    If someone finds out how to do this, post it on these suggestions so others can remove it. Very annoying to have unwanted tabs taking up real estate.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Yes. I don't know why we need to clutter our Teams tabs with something which just isn't relevant to us. Not all Education users are in teaching/classroom settings.

    Also it has caused a bit of confusion amongst my team as we try and introduce it. So it's affecting adoption. All I can say to my teammates is, "Sorry, we can't get rid of that, just learn to ignore it."

  • mr_g_ict commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    we use the PLC notebook (can't make it into a staff notebook automatically) for everything as our QA folder, so i can't agree with this one.

  • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

    Ability to delete staff notebooks that are automatically created and appears in the tabs within each channel.

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