Quick Start Guides

Outlook Quick Start Guide

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New to Outlook 2016? Use this guide to learn the basics.

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Set up your account

You can use Outlook 2016 as soon as you enter your account info. On the ribbon, click File > Info and then click the Add Account button. Next, sign in with your preferred email address, or use an account provided by your company or school.

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Attach files without searching

Need to attach a picture or a document? Outlook saves you time by keeping a list of your recently used files. Click the Attach File button while composing a new  message or meeting invitation, and then select the file you want to attach.

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Set up an Outlook group

If you’re running Outlook as part of an eligible Office 365 subscription, you can use Groups instead of distribution lists to more effectively communicate and collaborate with members of a team or an organization.

To create a new group in Outlook 2016, click the Home tab, and then click New Items > Group.

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If you don’t see this as an option on this menu, contact the administrator of your Microsoft Office 365 subscription for more information.

From the Inbox of any of your Groups, you and the other members can start or join a conversation, create or confirm team events, see a list of members, and get notifications about interactions on any of your shared posts.

To join an existing group, start by searching for its name. On the Home tab of the Outlook application window, enter a keyword or phrase into the Search People box, and then click to select the group you want to join.

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Outlook is more than just email

Easily switch between Mail, Calendar, People, and more.

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Find whatever you need

Type a keyword or phrase into the Tell me what you want to do search box on  the ribbon to quickly find the Outlook features and commands you’re looking for, to discover Help content, or to get more information online.

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Look up relevant information

With Smart Lookup, Outlook searches the Internet for relevant information to define words, phrases, and concepts. Search results shown on the task pane can provide useful context to information you need to share with other people.

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PowerPoint Quick Start Guide

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New to PowerPoint 2016? Use this guide to learn the basics.

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Create something

Begin with a Blank Presentation to get right to work. Or save yourself a bunch of time by selecting and then customizing a template that resembles what you need. Click File > New, and then select or search for the template you want.

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Stay connected

Need to work on the go and across different devices? Click File > Account to sign in and access your recently used files anywhere, on any device, through seamless integration between Office, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint.

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Whether you only work with files stored on your PC’s local hard drive or you roam across various cloud services, clicking File > Open takes you to your recently used presentations and any files that you may have pinned to your list.

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Share your work with others

To invite others to view or edit your presentations in the cloud, click the Share  button in the top right corner of the app window. In the Share pane that opens, you can get a sharing link or send invitations to the people you select.

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Get inspired while you work

Pressed for time or feeling uninspired? Let PowerPoint create great-looking slides for you based on the content you’ve added. Insert or paste an image on your  current slide and then click your preferred layout in the Design Ideas task pane.

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PowerPoint 2016 introduces Morph, a new cinematic effect that creates smooth, animated transitions by tracking and moving images and other objects across  multiple slides in your presentation.

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To apply the effect, select both slide thumbnails, click the Transitions ribbon tab, and then click Morph. PowerPoint tracks the objects found on both slides and then animates their size and position when the effect is viewed.

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To preview the effect, click Preview on the Transitions ribbon tab. If you want to customize the effect, click the Effect Options button on the Transitions tab.

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Format shapes with precision

Precisely format a selected picture, shape, or object with the comprehensive tools available in the Format Shape task pane. To display it, click the Home tab, and then click the small arrow in the lower right corner of the Drawing ribbon group.

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Find whatever you need

Type a keyword or phrase into the Tell me what you want to do search box on  the ribbon to quickly find the PowerPoint features and commands you’re looking for, to discover Help content, or to get more information online.

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Look up relevant information

With Smart Lookup, PowerPoint searches the Internet for relevant information to define words, phrases, and concepts. Search results shown on the task pane can  provide useful context for the ideas you’re sharing in your presentations.

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Excel Quick Start Guide

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New to Excel 2016? Use this guide to learn the basics.

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Create something

Begin with a Blank workbook to get right to work. Or save yourself a bunch of time by selecting and then customizing a template that resembles what you need. Click File > New, and then select or search for the template you want.

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Stay connected

Need to work on the go and across different devices? Click File > Account to sign in and access your recently used files anywhere, on any device, through seamless integration between Office, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint.

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Find recent files

Whether you only work with files stored on your PC’s local hard drive or you roam across various cloud services, clicking File > Open takes you to your recently used workbooks and any files that you may have pinned to your list.

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Discover contextual tools

Select relevant objects in your workbook to make contextual commands available. For example, clicking a chart element displays the Chart Tools tab with options for the Design and Format of a selected chart.

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Share your work with others

Manage data with Excel tables

To invite others to view or edit your workbooks in the cloud, click the Share button in the top right corner of the app window. In the Share pane that opens, you can get a sharing link or send invitations to the people you select.

You can choose to format any range of cells in your current workbook as an Excel table. Excel tables let you analyze and easily manage a group of related data  independently from the other rows and columns in your workbook.

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Insert functions, build formulas

On the Formulas tab, click Insert Function to display the Insert Function dialog box. Here, you can search for and insert functions, look up the correct syntax, and even get in-depth Help about how your selected functions work.

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Find whatever you need

Type a keyword or phrase into the Tell me what you want to do search box on  the ribbon to quickly find the Excel features and commands you’re looking for,  to discover Help content, or to get more information online.

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Look up relevant information

With Smart Lookup, Excel searches the Internet for relevant information to define words, phrases, and concepts. Search results shown on the task pane can provide useful context for the data and information in your workbooks.

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Word Quick Start Guide

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New to Word 2016? Use this guide to learn the basics.

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Create something

Begin with a Blank document to get right to work. Or save yourself a bunch of time by selecting and then customizing a template that resembles what you need. Click File > New, and then select or search for the template you want.

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Stay connected

Need to work on the go and across different devices? Click File > Account to sign in and access your recently used files anywhere, on any device, through seamless integration between Office, OneDrive, OneDrive for Business, and SharePoint.

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Find recent files

Whether you only work with files stored on your PC’s local hard drive or you roam across various cloud services, clicking File > Open takes you to your recently used documents and any files that you may have pinned to your list.

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Discover contextual tools

You can make contextual ribbon commands available by selecting relevant objects in your document. For example, clicking within a table displays the Table Tools tab, which offers additional options for the Design and Layout of your tables.

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Share your work with others

To invite others to view or edit your documents in the cloud, click the Share button in the top right corner of the app window. In the Share pane that opens, you can get a sharing link or send invitations to the people you select.

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Review and track changes

Whether you just want to check spelling, keep your word count in check, or fully collaborate with other people, the Review tab unveils essential commands to track, discuss, and manage all of the changes made to your documents.

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See who else is typing

Co-authoring Word documents that are shared on OneDrive or on a SharePoint  site happens in real-time, which means you can easily see where other authors are  making changes in the same document that you’re currently working in.

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Format documents with style

The Styles pane lets you visually create, apply, and review the formatting styles in your current document. To open it, click the Home tab, and then click the small  arrow in the lower right corner of the Styles gallery.

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Find whatever you need

Type a keyword or phrase into the Tell me what you want to do search box on  the ribbon to quickly find the Word features and commands you’re looking for,  to discover Help content, or to get more information online.

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Look up relevant information

With Smart Lookup, Word searches the Internet for relevant information to define words, phrases, and concepts. Search results shown on the task pane can provide useful context for the ideas you’ve outlined in your documents.

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