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Tell Me

I have good news, and I have bad news. I’ll start with the bad news first.

There’s a handful of hidden helpful features in the Office 365 suite that users are not aware of.

Now for the good news, Accellis has got you covered.

Today’s tip is intended to make your life easier and help things get done faster all thanks to the Tell Me What You Want To Do tool.

Office 2016

You may have noticed a text box with a light bulb at the top of your ribbon in Office 2016. This box is a search engine of sorts while you’re in Office and is called Tell Me. This text field allows you to enter words and phrases of what you’re trying to accomplish.

For instance, you want to know the word count of your document but can remember where that button is. Simply start typing “word” in the box, and different options will appear including “word count.” From there you now have access to an up to the minute word count of your document.

Tell Me in Top RibbonTell Me Drop Down

Online

With a file in Office Online, you can access the Tell Me feature by clicking the light bulb in the top ribbon.

For instance, you want to know the word count of your document but can remember where that button is. Simply start typing “word” in the box, and different options will appear including “word count.” From there you now have access to an up to the minute word count of your document.

Tell Me in Online RibbonTell Me Search in Online Ribbon

Android

In the Android app, you can access the Tell Me feature by clicking the small triangle on the right-hand side. From there a light bulb will appear. Click the light bulb as shown below and begin searching.

Now you can do things such as find out the document word count. Simply start typing “word” in the box, and different options will appear including “word count.” From there you now have access to an up to the minute word count of your document.

  Tell Me Light Bulb Android  Tell Me Search ANdroid

iOS

In the iOS app, you can access the Tell Me feature by clicking the ellipses (three dots) on the right-hand side. From there a light bulb will appear. Click the light bulb as shown below and you can begin searching.

Now you can do things such as find out the document word count. Simply start typing “word” in the box, and different options will appear including “word count.” From there you now have access to an up to the minute word count of your document.

Tell Me Dots iOS  Tell Me Light Bulb iOS  Tell Me Search iOS

Tell Me can be used for a variety of things in Office 2016 and even uses Smart Lookup to define specific terms. What’s even better is this feature is available in the suite of Office 2016 products (Word, PowerPoint, Excel, Outlook) and also be found online and in the different apps.

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