Dictation in Word and Outlook for Windows

While I prefer to write emails and documents using my keyboard, there are some people who prefer (or need) to use voice dictation to get “words on paper.” Fortunately, there’s a Dictate feature in Word and Outlook for Windows that makes that easy. Here’s how it works…

Focus mode for modern SharePoint pages

While a modern SharePoint page looks nice, there are times where you may want to maximize the amount of content you can view on your screen (like if you’re working on a small laptop). Focus mode for modern SharePoint pages allows you to click on an icon and hide the site header, site navigation, and global navigation. Here’s how it works…

Using the SharePoint Site Description to enhance findability in Search

SharePoint has always had a Site Description field where you can provide an explanation of what your site is used for. However, it never seemed to show up in search results, so it wasn’t as useful as it could be. Fortunately, a recent change by Microsoft (outlined by Mikael Svenson in this blog post) means that the Site Description is now indexed by Search, and can help people find your site more easily. Here’s how it works…

New web part groupings in the Web Part Toolbox

If you spend time creating new modern pages in SharePoint Online, you’re used to seeing the Web Part Toolbox laid out in an alphabetical order, which often means a lot of scrolling if the items you use frequently are towards the bottom… we’re looking at you, Weather web part… But help has arrived… The Web Part Toolbox is now grouped by web part types, and it also uses machine learning to put the ones you use most frequently up at the top. Here’s how it looks…