Tell an Office Application What to Do

Tell an Office Application What to Do

How to tell an Office Application what to do in Office 2016 and Online.

Microsoft has a new feature in Office 2016 and Office Online. We know that Office apps are being used for a stunning array of different purposes. There simply is no typical Office usage scenario or Office user. However, there is one thing we keep hearing from our users very regularly: productivity is key for them. Tell Me is aimed squarely at this goal: enabling you to get more done with less effort. The basic idea is simple. We all know the feeling when we want to do something in, say, Word, but can’t quite remember how to do it. Wouldn’t it be great if we could ask the app to help us out? That’s exactly where Tell Me comes in. You tell it what you want to do and it shows you the commands you need. Tell Me is designed from the ground up to be fast, convenient, and efficient.

Office 2016

You'll notice a text box on the ribbon in Office 2016 on Windows apps that says Tell me what you want to do. This is a text field where you can enter words and phrases about what you want to do next and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform. You can also use Tell Me to find help about what you're looking for, or to use Smart Lookup to research or define the term you entered.




Online

Tell me is a text field where you can enter words and phrases about what you want to do next and quickly get to features you want to use or actions you want to perform.

When you're editing a file in Office Online you can access Tell me by tapping the light bulb to the right of the tabs as seen in the image below.

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