Working on an Excel during Teams meeting - Gosse explains

In today's fast-paced world, effective collaboration is more important than ever, especially when working with complex tools such as Microsoft Excel during Teams meetings. Our latest video in the series "Gosse explains" explains step-by-step how to collaborate efficiently on Excel files within a Teams meeting. Discover how to effortlessly share files, manage access and stay productive with your team, wherever you are.

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Preparation for the Teams Meeting

Step-by-step starting the Teams meeting

Before you can reap the benefits of collaboration, it is essential to be well-prepared for the Teams meeting entering. First, make sure you have all the necessary documents on hand. Select then for the "participate" option in a scheduled meeting. This may seem like a small step, but it is the key to a smooth start to your work together.


Importance of preparing documents

To save time and get right to work, it is wise to open your Excel file in advance and have it ready. This minimizes the time you spend searching for files during the meeting and allows you more time for what really matters: collaborating and completing tasks.

Importing Excel into Teams

Import Excel files directly

Once in the Teams meeting, you don't have to share your entire screen to work on an Excel file. Simply navigate to the 'Share' option and choose to import your Excel file from OneDrive whether you local computer. This provides a streamlined experience where only the relevant document is visible to participants.


Practical tips for quickly finding and sharing files

To make this process go smoothly, it's helpful if you know ahead of time where your files are stored. Take a moment to organize your documents and mark important files that you use often. This will allow you to quickly navigate and share the appropriate file during the meeting. A well-organized file structure prevents confusion and increases efficiency during the meeting.


Collaborate on Excel within Teams

Visibility and editing by participants

Once your Excel file is shared in the Teams meeting, all participants can see it and work directly in it. This facilitates a dynamic collaboration environment where changes are visible in real time. Everyone can contribute, enter data, and perform analysis, all within the same document.


Benefits of live collaboration

The power of live Excel collaboration through Teams lies in the instant synchronization of data. When someone makes a change, everyone sees it immediately, leading to more efficient deliberation and faster decision-making. This is especially useful during financial planning, project management and other activities where up-to-date information is crucial.

Best Practices and Tips

Efficient management of access and operations

To ensure smooth collaboration, it is important to think carefully about who has what editing rights. In Teams, you can set who can edit the document and who can only view it. This prevents unwanted changes and keeps the document organized and clear.


Avoiding pitfalls when collaborating in Excel

A common pitfall is modifying the same cells simultaneously, which can lead to conflicts or loss of data. Communicate clearly who is doing what within the document. Also, use Teams' chat feature to consult before making major changes.


Maximizing productivity during the meeting

Plan ahead by making agendas and goals clear before the meeting begins. This helps everyone stay focused and productive during the session. Taking advantage of keyboard shortcuts in Excel can also save time and increase efficiency.



Successfully integrating Excel into your Teams meetings can transform the way you work together, making your team more efficient and effective. By following the steps and tips we've discussed, you can ensure a seamless collaborative experience that not only saves time, but also improves the quality of your work.

Explore the Gosse explains videos for more in-depth explanations and demonstrations that will help you use these tools to their full potential. Don't forget to also consult other resources for more advanced features and techniques in both Teams and Excel.

With the right preparation and knowledge, you can make every Teams meeting a productive and enjoyable experience, with collaboration at its core.

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