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Freehand whiteboard for Microsoft Teams

With the Freehand by InVision app, you can harness the collaborative power of Freehand directly inside Microsoft Teams.

Be sure that the admin of your Office 365 organization has toggled on the ability to allow external apps in Microsoft Teams. When enabled, users can add tabs and bots that are available to the Office 365 tenant. To learn more, visit the Microsoft Teams help center.

Does Microsoft Teams have a whiteboard?

Yes, Microsoft Teams uses Microsoft Whiteboard as well as InVision’s Freehand. Microsoft Whiteboard offers several pen tools, text, and sticky notes. InVision Freehand integrates seamlessly into Teams and offers pen and shape tools, text tools, image uploading, sticky notes, voting, and emoji reactions (and more).

How do I add a whiteboard to Microsoft Teams?

To enable the Freehand by InVision app in Microsoft Teams:

  1. In the Microsoft Teams sidebar, click the Apps icon.
  2. Search for and select the Freehand by InVision app.
  3. Click the Add to a team button.
    If you want to add the app to a specific chat only, click the drop-down and select Add to a chat.
  4. In the pop-up modal, search for a channel where you'd like to add the app and click Set up a tab.

If you're not already, you'll need to sign in to InVision. If you're signed in, a pop-up modal will appear, prompting you to attach a new or existing Freehand.

Adding the Freehand by InVision app in Microsoft Teams.

How do I add a freehand whiteboard to a Microsoft Teams channel?

Once the app is installed, you can embed any existing or new freehand to a channel. Everyone in the channel will be able to join the freehand and collaborate in real-time.

To add a freehand to a channel:

  1. Open the appropriate Microsoft Teams channel.
  2. At the top of the page, click the + icon.
  3. Click Freehand by InVision.
  4. Choose an existing freehand or click New Freehand.
  5. If you choose a new freehand, enter a name and select an account.
  6. Click Save.

You can now begin creating your freehand.

Creating a new freehand in a Teams channel

How do I rename the Freehand tab in a Microsoft Teams channel?

You can rename the Freehand by InVision tab.

This action does not rename the freehand in InVision—it only renames the tab in that specific channel.

To rename the tab:

  1. Open the appropriate Microsoft Teams channel.
  2. At the top of the page, click the tab associated with the freehand.
  3. Next to the tab name, click the drop-down and select Rename.
  4. Enter a new name and click Save.
Renaming the Freehand tab in a Teams channel

How do I remove a freehand whiteboard from a Microsoft Teams channel?

To remove a freehand from a channel:

  1. Open the appropriate Microsoft Teams channel.
  2. At the top of the page, click the tab associated with the freehand.
  3. Next to the tab name, click the drop-down and select Remove.
  4. To confirm, click Remove.
Removing a Freehand tab from a Microsoft Teams channel
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