Five Office 2016 features that beat Google Docs
Built-in research with Bing
In Office 2016, Microsoft added Smart Lookup, a new research tool powered by its Bing search engine. Using it, you can right click on a word to run a Bing search and get more information, without leaving Word, Excel or PowerPoint.
Search results pop up in window on the right side, next to whatever you’re working on, and include results from Wikipedia, Bing images and Web results. microsoft office pro plus 2016 product keyClick any of the links to open your browser and read more. The best part of Smart Lookup is that uses the context of the words around the one you selected to get the best search results. For instance, if you run Smart Lookup on the word “dating” in sentence about carbon dating, Bing will show results for carbon dating, office 2016 professional plus product key not romance.
Google Docs has had a similar research tool for years, but it’s nowhere near as powerful as a this new Smart Lookup feature or even a regular Google search.
Office finds the tools you need
Microsoft acknowledges that the Office apps have so many features that it can be hard to remember where to find all of them in their various menus. So Microsoft’s Office team created a new search tool to help you find them. Think of it as a far less annoying and more helpful Clippy.
In the ribbon (main menu bar at the top) for Word, Excel and PowerPoint, click on “Tell me what you want to do” and start typing the name of a feature you need. The app will find it and display the exact menu you need, without needing to dig around for it. It’s a simple addition, but one that would have come in handy for me many years ago writing college papers and constantly forgetting where to find the footnote tool.
The Tell Me tool helps you find features that are buried in the app’s menus.
Screenshot by Sarah Mitroff/CNET
Built-in Skype calling
Hoping to make collaboration easier, Microsoft added Skype for Business to Word, Powerpoint and Excel. office 2016 activator The new Share menu in each app shows everyone who has access to that file. Hover over a name and you’ll see a pop-up menu with quick links to send a message or start a voice or video call with Skype, without opening the Skype app on your computer. The only downside to this feature is that it only works if you have the Skype app installed on your machine and use Skype for Business.
Pick up where you left off
While it includes several big changes, Office 2016 is all about the small touches. One little new feature that adds a lot of functionality is the ability to pick up where you left off in a document. When you reopen a file you’ve been working on,buy office 2016 product key Word shows you where you last worked and lets to jump to that place with one click.
It’s essentially a bookmark for your documents, and it’s a fantastic tool for anyone working on a lengthy project over several days or weeks.
Office’s history of advanced tools
Microsoft Office has long been the standard for those who use word processors, spreadsheet tools and presentation builders at work. That’s because Word, Excel and PowerPoint are packed with advanced features, like mail merge, detailed charts and animated slides that are missing or limited with other programs. And for many people, Excel is the gold standard program for crunching large amounts of data.windows 10 home product key office 2016 cheap Not to mention, Office was designed to work both online and off, so you can do your work no matter where you go. Google Docs can work offline, but you’ll need to have opened your file before you go off the grid.
Google has improved Docs over the years, adding new features and making it work better, it still pales in comparison to what Office has been able to do for the last decade. If your work requires a full range of features and offline editing, it’s still very hard to beat Office.
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