In Part I of our series on new productivity shortcuts in Office 365, we looked at OneNote, Office Lens, PowerPoint and Skype for Business. In Part II we continue our examination.
Increasing productivity has always been top of mind of software developers, and Microsoft is no exception when it comes to the Office 365 application suite. The software giant continually updates the software to include fixes and enhancements with the aim of improving usability that are not always well-advertised.
Excel, in particular, is used by over 750 million users worldwide and is still considered to be the most powerful spreadsheet application on the planet; uncovering hidden ways to enhance workflows that add up to significant new efficiencies.
Let’s take a look at new Office 365 productivity shortcuts available in Excel, Outlook, and Word.
Excel, Outlook, and Word Productivity Shortcuts in Office 365
Microsoft Excel saw an update in January 2017 that brought in a series of new features. Chief among them are some productivity enhancements that speed-up your experience with the spreadsheet software:
- Combine binaries in a folder:
Previously, users wishing to combine multiple files into a single table when importing data could only combine text or CSV files; however, they can now quickly select a particular object from a list of other supported file types
- Easily change data type into percentages:
Percentages used to be limited in calculations; now, new improvements support them, saving time by not requiring you to convert calculations to decimals
A significant change came to Outlook when it was updated with the ability to allow collaboration on attachments in real-time. When users right-click on an email attachment, an option to upload it to OneDrive now presents itself, ensuring that the most recent version of documents is available for collaboration.
As well, Cortana’s integration with Outlook continues to improve. The virtual assistant can now remember to remind you of things you said you would do in an email. It will save you the time of having to schedule reminders manually.
Word also saw a new feature in the latest Office 365 update. Specifically, a new editor pane in Word is available to quickly give you more information about your grammar and word choices at a glance, significantly expediting the writing process and making it easier to scan your entire document.
The editor pane, overall, is smart, intuitive and adaptive to help turbocharge your writing!
Microsoft Office 365 users can take advantage of enhanced productivity thanks to new features and improved integration that will help them efficiently use these applications to increase the quality of their output.
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