Finding folder names in Outlook search

This tip came to me via Sandra in the typical fashion… a Skype ping that starts “I just figured out something cool… wanna see?” She shared her screen and showed me how to search for items in your Outlook mail file and have it show you what folder it’s in! Here’s how it works…

Inserting screenshots in Word

This is an awesomely cool trick I learned from Christian Buckley during our last Office Productivity Tips Grudge Match webinar. This allows you to easily pull a screenshot of an open Window into your Word 2016 document. Here’s how it works…

Checking the readability of your Word documents

When you create a Word document, there are a number of things to consider. After making sure you don’t have any typos or grammatical errors, you should check to see how easy it is to read and understand. One standard in this area is the Flesch Reading Ease and Flesch-Kincaid Readability Score. Microsoft can provide these statistics for you automatically.

Adding color to your Outlook inbox

I’ve been asked a number of times, “Hey Tom! Is there a way I can make my inbox show emails from my boss in a different color?” To date, my answer was always an apologetic “no”. But a colleague recently sent me a screen print of her inbox doing just that, so I had to figure out how she made that happen… and I found it!

Creating columns in a Word document

Normally I’m content using a Word layout that stretches from the left to the right margins. But there are times when I’d like to have a layout that looks more like a newspaper or magazine, where there are two or three columns running down the page.

Well, you can do that in Word…

Various Copy/Paste options between Excel and Word

On more than one occasion, I’ve been in the position of having some data stashed in an Excel spreadsheet, but I need to have it be part of a Word document. I could give my audience two files to see everything, but I really want to have everything in a single Word document… What to do?

Instead of just copying and pasting some cells from Excel into Word, I can use the Paste button dropdown to get some interesting options on how the data will show up in Word.

Password-protecting OneNote sections

OneNote is a great tool for taking notes, storing information, and a million other things. A team OneNote notebook can do wonders for keeping everyone on the same page. However, there are times when some of the content in your OneNote notebook needs to be locked down for security and privacy purposes. This is where password-protecting a section in your OneNote notebook comes into play.