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Note: The instructions in this guide are primarily web only. Get switching information for mobile devices.
|In Teams...||In Google Workspace...*|
|Have team conversations from a channel||
Have team conversations in a chat space
You can chat with both people within your organization and with external guests.
You can also assign tasks from a chat space in Gmail. For details, visit Create and assign tasks in spaces.
|Chat in a direct message (DM) by clicking New Chat||
Send a DM from Google Chat or Gmail
Send a direct message to a person
Send a direct message to a group
|Have video meetings with a team||
Have video meetings with a team in Google Meet
Note: You can send a meeting link to people outside of your organization, but someone from within your organization might need to give them access to the video meeting.
For details about how to join meetings from Calendar and Gmail, visit Join a video meeting.
|Share files with a team||
Share files with a team in a shared drive
|Collaborate on shared files in a meeting||
Collaborate on shared files in a meeting in Google Meet
|See your schedule and create a meeting in Meetings||
Schedule a video meeting in Google Calendar
|Add a wiki page for your team|
|Search in the Command box||
Search in Google Cloud Search
For details, visit Use everyday words to search.
|Q&A during a live event|
|Poll attendees during a meeting||
Launch a poll during a meeting
For details, visit Conduct a poll during a video meeting.
|Share a whiteboard in a meeting||
Use a whiteboard in a meeting
Tip: The Jamboard file will open in a new tab and a link is shared automatically via the in-call chat.
For details, visit Use a whiteboard in a video meeting.
|Raise your hand in a meeting|
|Use breakout rooms in meetings||
Add breakout rooms to meetings
You can also create breakout rooms from a Calendar event. For details, visit Use breakout rooms in a video meeting.
|Change your background in a meeting||
Change your background in a meeting
For details, visit Change your background in a video meeting.
* Note: The instructions in this guide are primarily web only. Get switching information for mobile devices.
If you're ready to start using Google Workspace, or want productivity tips, try these guides instead:
- Get started with Calendar
- Get started with Chat
- Use Spaces
- Import message data from another service to Chat
- Get started with Meet
- Get more help with Chat
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