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HOW TO: Import assignment settings into a Microsoft Teams Class

For educators juggling teaching and administrative tasks, every minute is precious. Microsoft Teams offers a practical feature to streamline your workload: the ability to import assignment settings from one class to another.

Picture this: You’re setting up your digital classroom in Teams for the new academic term. The structure of your assignments largely mirrors those of the previous term or another class – the same guidelines, submission deadlines, and even notification settings. Rather than duplicating efforts by setting up each assignment from scratch, Microsoft Teams allows you to seamlessly import these settings, ensuring consistency and saving you a substantial amount of time. This function is not just a shortcut; it’s a strategic tool to enhance your focus on what truly matters – your students and their learning experiences.

In this blog post, we’ll walk through the simple steps to use this feature. Whether you’re tech-savvy or just getting comfortable with digital classroom management, this guide is designed to help you streamline your workflow, leaving you with more time to focus on creating impactful learning journeys for your students.

Find assignment settings

First, find an assignment that has the settings you’d like to copy. Simply:

    Select Teams.
    Choose a Team.

Screenshot of teams window in MS Teams

3. Open up Assignments.
4. Hit the Assignment Settings Cog in the top-right corner of the window.

A screenshot of the assignment settings cog in MS Teams

This displays your current assignment settings. These include:

  • Assignment Timeline – Set assignments for future dates.
  • Calendar – Add future assignments to calendars.
  • Notifications – Receive notifications (e.g. if a student hands in a piece of work late).
  • Parent/Guardian Email – Send a weekly email about assignments to parents/guardians.
  • New Students – Allow new students to receive assignments created before they joined the class.
  • Fun Stuff – Enable turn in celebrations for this team.

You can also view Grade Settings on this page, including:

  • Average Grade – Allow students to view their average grade and trend over time in the Grades tab.
  • Weighted Grading Categories – Establish assignment types and assign weights to reflect their importance.

Import assignment settings

To import the settings from your chosen assignment:

1. Select Import Settings From Another Class.

Assignment settings in MS Teams

2. Scroll down the list of classes and select the Class you’d like to import the settings from.
3. Hit Next.

A screenshot of a list of classes from which to import assignments settings

You can also import settings from a previous year’s class. Just scroll down until you find the relevant class.

The next box will give you a breakdown of the assignment settings that will be imported, including:

  • Assignment Timeline
  • Calendar
  • Notifications
  • Parent/guardian email
  • New students
  • Fun stuff

4. Tap Import Settings.

Confirmation of imported assignment settings

Now, the settings will be imported into the current assignment. Don’t forget to import the settings for all your other classes that have identical assignment settings!


Import assignment settings allows you to easily copy the assignment settings without having to manually set up all of your individual assignments’ settings. This can save teachers a lot of time as educators often find themselves setting up new assignments time and time again. As this is such a frequent task for educators, streamlining this process can seriously save a lot of time in the long-run, allowing teachers to spend more time focussing on creating effective teaching materials and lesson plans instead of administrative tasks in Teams.

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How to get a notification every time a student submits a late assignment

The late turn in notification in Microsoft Teams Assignments allows you to be alerted if a student hands in their homework late.

The notification appears in the bottom corner of your screen, as well as the activity bell in the top-left of your Microsoft Teams.

This can be activated per assignment, or for all assignments in your class. It’s a handy feature that enables you to quickly identify if your students have submitted their assignments on time.

Turn on the late turn in notification for one assignment. 

  1. In Class Notebook, select Assignment. 
  2. Create your assignment as you would usually – fill in the information and set a deadline etc.  
  3. Under Settings, there’s an option to Receive notifications for late turn ins. Select Yes. 
  4. Select Assign to send out the assignment. Your late turn in notification is activated for this assignment.  


Turning on late turn in notification announcment for one assignment

Turn on the late turn in notification for all assignments. 

There’s also a way to set up a late turn in notification for all your assignments in a class.  

  1. Go into your Assignments in Class Teams. 
  2. Select Settings in the top right corner.
  3. Under Notifications, there’s an option to Receive notifications for late turn ins. Select Yes. 

From now on, notifications for late submissions will be turned on for all your assignments.  

Note: This only applies to your selected class. To activate the notifications for another class, you need to repeat this process in the Class Notebook Assignment tab for your other classes. 

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