Using the Tell Me feature in Microsoft Office

Tamara Bredemus wandered into my office yesterday and said “here’s a tip you might want to use…”, and she was right! You can ask the Tell Me feature in Microsoft Office to show you how to accomplish tasks without having to figure out the exact search terms or find the menu options. Here’s how it works…

Using PowerPoint Live in Microsoft Teams

It used to be when you were presenting in a Microsoft Teams meeting and had a PowerPoint slide deck, you had to share your screen, start up PowerPoint, and start the presentation on your computer. Everyone saw the same thing you saw, and you didn’t have any ability to jump ahead or annotate a slide without everyone watching you stop the presentation to look for the next slide. However, now we have PowerPoint Live, which makes presenting a PowerPoint slide deck much easier. Here’s how it works…

Multiple Office Clipboards in Office applications

Having done this tip gig for a number of years now, I don’t often find a tip that blows my mind. It’s even more rare that I find a tip that blows my mind, *and* has apparently been there for years. Today’s tip fits that bill… you can have up to 24 selectable Office Clipboard entries to choose from when you’re working in Outlook, Word, Excel, or PowerPoint. Even better is that they are shared across all those programs!  Here’s how it works…

Adding shadowing to your PowerPoint images

This is a subtle tip (or at least it should be in my opinion). When you add an image into a PowerPoint slide, it normally starts out in a pretty flat state. However, you can use the Shape Effects option to add some depth to the image, and it can make your slides look a lot more professional. Here’s how to do that…

Making your voice heard at Microsoft – UserVoice sites for our relevant software

Hardly a day goes by that we don’t get a question from someone along the lines of “does do , and why doesn’t it?”. Or, there’s the “when will Microsoft change to allow us to do ” question. Bottom line… we don’t know, and we have virtually no sway to influence Microsoft to change their software… but you do!