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Thriiver’s Tech Tips – Office 365

Jul 6, 2022

Office 365 ‘Tell Me’ Feature


The tell me feature is a text field where you can enter phrases about what you want to do. You will be directed to features you want to use without searching all the tabs and options.


Using Microsoft Word as an example:


screenshot of microsoft word document toolbar highlighting the tell me feature


You can see highlighted above, the lightbulb icon with ‘Tell me what you want to do’ next to it.

Click on the box and type a phrase or word:


Microsoft word document showing if you type 'insert picture' into the tell me feature toolbar the search appears and the option to insert a picture listed underneath


As you can see the ‘Best Action’ listed is the correct one we are searching for.

The first time you click on the Tell Me what you want to do box, you will see a list of commonly used search functions. After using the feature, the list will show the last five commands you ran.

This eliminates clicking through the taskbar trying to find an action which saves you time, frustration and increases your productivity!

And it’s not just available in Microsoft Word either:


Microsoft Outlook

Screenshot of microsoft outlook toolbar highlighting the tell me feature


Microsoft Excel

Screenshot of Microsoft Excel taskbar highlighting the tell me feature


Microsoft PowerPoint

Screenshot of Microsoft Powerpoint taskbar highlighting the tell me feature


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