Keep better control on your time and inbox with Outlook’s Insights

OK… I have been looking forward to this feature rolling out for a VERY long time! I apparently have the latest updates to my Outlook client now, as this morning I saw the Insights add-on icon in the Ribbon Bar. To me, this is one of the most valuable uses of machine learning in Office 365 to help you stay on top of your Inbox and Calendar. Here’s what I saw this morning on my first visit to Insights…

Proper case names in Excel

I recently had a question from someone asking if there was a way to take a column of names in Excel that were in all upper-case and convert them to proper case. In Word, it’s just a menu option, but that feature doesn’t exist in Excel. However, you can get there with an Excel formula. Here’s how…

Sorting a list of content in Word

I’m used to sorting columns in Excel, as that’s one of the main things you do. But I never really thought about sorting content in a Word document, as it (in my mind) is just unformatted “stuff.” But, you *can* sort a list of content in Word, and it’s pretty slick. Here’s how…

Marking unread deleted emails in Outlook as read

This probably doesn’t bother anyone else like it bothers me… If I have a message in my Inbox that’s unread and I delete it (or if I have a rule that routes certain messages directly to the Deleted Items folder), it still shows as unread in my Deleted Items folder. And since I have my folders set to show the number of unread messages, I always have a number next to the Deleted Items folder that’s completely meaningless to me… and it annoys me. Yes, I’m old, so get off my lawn…

This tip shows you how to have any message (read or unread) that’s moved to the Deleted Items folder to be marked as read…

Checking for gender-inclusivity when using Word

If you’re old like me, words like “policeman” and “fireman” just want to roll off your tongue, as that’s what you grew up with. But today’s communication often requires a more gender-inclusive word selection like “police officer” or “fire fighter.” Microsoft Word has an option that will allow you to do grammar checks for that very scenario. Here’s how to activate that…

Getting notified when you do a “mass deletion” in SharePoint Online or OneDrive

It’s a nightmare of mine… someone pings me and says that hundreds of files are missing from a document library, and they’re not in the recycle bin either. If you’re lucky, you figure out who deleted the files, and often they didn’t realize they did that. Now in SharePoint Online and OneDrive, Microsoft will notify you via email if you’ve done a “mass deletion” of data. Here’s what happens…

Flagging duplicate values in Excel

I was working with Sandra the other day on a project that involved an Excel spreadsheet and about 2400 lines of data. I had to check to see if I had any duplicate values in one of the columns. Since I’m not the sharpest tool in the drawer when it comes to Excel, I asked her if she could help me somehow find potential duplicates instead of me scanning through the list manually. I was duly embarrassed when she showed me just how simple that is… 🙂

Smaller Excel spreadsheets by removing “blank” cells

OK… I haven’t lost my mind here… It is very possible that if you have a large spreadsheet that has very little data in it, you might have a large number of blank rows in one of your worksheets. Each of those “blank” cells in the “blank” rows takes up space, and it can add up rather quickly when it comes to the overall size of your spreadsheet… let me show you how to fix that.