TIPS, TRICKS AND HINTS

When words fail you

If you are like me, sometimes you don't know the right words to type into the "help" search. Lucky for us, Office is keen to help. It's there to help us. Our friends at Kambium have explained it in the video below, or you can give it a try yourself! In the sample below, I wanted to highlight all the cells in Excel where the data meets a [...]

Does OneDrive make the cloud work for you?

Microsoft's geek-fest is called Ignite and we've been following it from afar. It was a OneDrive announcement that caught our eye today.  With lots of choice, and ingrained user habits, everyone has their favourite cloud sync tool. There's an innovation race to be the cloud sharing tool of choice. As users, we're the beneficiaries of this and it's a [...]

Changes to the Microsoft Office Ribbon (again!) for Office 365

Microsoft love tweaking the Office ribbon bar. I’m never sure if it's an improvement or not, and that’s certainly the case now.  It is probably a personal preference. Actually, this time it’s not a replacement, although it may look that way – it’s a simplification option, although it looks to be ‘on’ by default. The intent is to keep the [...]

Keeping up with One Note

I reckon that OneNote's being used by about a third of the people I see in meetings.  And that means that about two-thirds of people are missing out! I've been a big OneNote fan for ages because OneNote conquered my personal chaos of unstructured notes and paper everywhere.  For the last several years, I've been able to find things, and that's [...]

Keeping up with Microsoft Office updates

If you have Office 365, then you have the latest version.  Office updates monthly with new features – but are you USING them?  Office gets smarter every month, but are you? The new capabilities can help you work smarter and be more productive, but only if you can find the time to assess and adopt them. But it’s so hard to find the time! As [...]

New cool stuff in your Office 365

Microsoft are continually updating Office 365 with awesome new tools and more efficient ways of working.  Keeping up with these and learning how to use them is a big challenge, which is why we created the Kambium service in our computer coaching business. Here are a few of the latest and greatest Office 365 additions... You can now see [...]

No excuses for ugly PowerPoint slides

Not everyone has an eye for design – particularly when it comes to PowerPoint. Now you can get PowerPoint to design your slides for you. 1.  Add the text and content you wish to display on your slide.  The content can't be too complicated or you won't get any design ideas.  Here was our raw content: 2.  Click Design, [...]

Sensing your office Vibe

As Kinetics had grown, our ability to understand what everyone in the team is feeling or thinking has diminished.  The distance that growth brings between staff and managers creates doubts and misunderstandings that can be hard to see.  More and more we have found ourselves surprised by the urban myths or beliefs that circulate teams without our [...]

Microsoft Office competency testing

  Measuring the productivity of chickens is easy … you just count the eggs. Measuring productivity of those using Microsoft Office is much trickier. Recently a number of clients have asked about benchmarking their users’ skill, so they can focus staff development and training on specific organisational needs. We have been looking at [...]

Reduce email clutter…

Microsoft have introduced ‘Teams’ into Office365.  It is a new application that’s included in most commercial Office365 plans. The concept behind Teams is a chat-based workspace, the idea being that we have collaborative conversations.  It’s about having a conversation (rather than an avalanche of emails) that flows with different people [...]