Office 365 Productivity Tips “New Year Brouhaha”

We held the 10th webinar today in the Office 365 Productivity Tips series with myself and Tom Duff (@duffbert), and here is a quick summary blog of the latest episode that we called ‘New Year Brouhaha’ with links to each tip.

If you’ve not yet caught one of our live sessions or participated in our webinars, our template is straightforward: we share 10 different productivity tips from across the entire Office 365 platform and Microsoft Office productivity suite across 5 rounds of head-to-head productivity matchups. Neither of us know ahead of time what will be presented by the other, and the audience votes after each round. Most of what we share will eventually appear on Tom’s blog — — or here on my site.

Here’s the latest webinar via the CollabTalk YouTube channel (please subscribe!):

Additionally. our slides are always made available for download in SlideShare.

Quick Links to the 10 Tips

You may be familiar with a few of the tips, but there’s usually one or two (or more) that people have never seen nor heard of, so there’s always value in participating in one of our sessions. Here are the tips that we shared:

  1. The Office App for Windows 10 [6:46]
  2. Using the Read Aloud feature in Outlook [12:16]
  3. Following videos in Microsoft Stream [18:15]
  4. Reuse existing slides in new PowerPoint presentations [23:31]
  5. Live captions & subtitles in PowerPoint [28:28]
  6. Closing original emails in Outlook when replying or forwarding [32:08]
  7. Changing an Excel column of text numbers to actual numbers in a couple clicks [37:04]
  8. The new Accessibility Checker [39:53]
  9. Convert Word documents into beautiful web pages using Transform to Web (Sway) [44:44]
  10. Using Text Fill for interesting graphic effects in PowerPoint [50:19]

I hope you find this useful — and if you enjoyed this format, be sure to register for our next event taking place on Thursday, February 7th, 2019 at 9am Pacific / 10pm Eastern. Click on the image below to register. Hope to see you there!

Office 365 Productivity Tips for February 2019

If you have a great Microsoft Office or Office 365 productivity tip that you’d like to share with us, we’d be happy to use it in an upcoming blog post and/or webinar — and we’ll give you full credit, and properly cite you and your company, as needed. Just reach out to us through this blog, Facebook, Twitter, or whatever platform for which we have user profile. Thanks!

Christian Buckley

Christian is a Microsoft Regional Director and M365 Apps & Services MVP, and an award-winning product marketer and technology evangelist, based in Silicon Slopes (Lehi), Utah. He is the Director of North American Partner Management for leading ISV Rencore (, leads content strategy for TekkiGurus, and is an advisor for both revealit.TV and WellnessWits. He hosts the monthly #CollabTalk TweetJam, the weekly #CollabTalk Podcast, and the Microsoft 365 Ask-Me-Anything (#M365AMA) series.

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