Making “pretty links” in Microsoft Teams with CTRL-K

I know I’ve covered the use of CTRL-K in Word before, as a means to create “pretty links” in a Word document. There were alternative ways to do that in Word, but there seems to be a lack of user interface options to do the same thing in Microsoft Teams. Here’s how you can use the keyboard shortcut of CTRL-K to format words and phrases into hyperlink URLs…

Background images in Microsoft Teams meetings

With the massive increase in Microsoft Teams meetings due to people working remote because of the COVID-19 virus, there’s been a lot of comparisons between Teams and Zoom for online meetings. One of the things that Zoom does that Teams meetings didn’t was allow for background images. That is now corrected with the latest Teams update. Here’s how that works…

Play My Emails for Outlook for iOS

If you have an iPhone, there’s a cool new feature in Outlook that will read your emails to you if you want to have a hands-free experience or catch up while you’re commuting. Yeah, I realize that not a lot of people are commuting these days, but play along with me here… It’s called Play My Emails, and here’s how it works…

Using Tags in Microsoft Teams channels

With the increase of Microsoft Teams usage during the virus stay-at-home orders, the message traffic in various channels has skyrocketed. This can make it hard to notice things that are relevant to you and your job function. A new feature called Tags can make it easier to target messaging to specific groups of people in a channel. Here’s how it works…

Testing your Microsoft Teams calling with /testcall

With the corona virus running rampant around the world, many people are working remotely from home in order to help stop the spread of the disease. Microsoft Teams has become a vital part of this remote working scenario, but not everyone is sure that they’re set up properly to have a call or a meeting using Teams. You can use the /testcall feature in Teams to see how your remote set-up is working. Here’s how to do that…

Sharing Reports for SharePoint Online

Some SharePoint Online sites are easy to manage when it comes to permissions (especially if there’s no unique permissions on the site). But attempting to find a single place where you can review all the permissions of everything on your site was difficult… until now. If you’re a Site Administrator for a given site, you can use the new Sharing Report to create a spreadsheet of all the permissions on all the items in the site. Here’s how it works and looks…