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7 Pro Tips for Microsoft 365



Microsoft 365 is the most popular of all major office productivity software. It has 48.8% of the global market share, just edging out Google’s apps, by a couple of percentage points.


It’s used by individuals, small & mid-sized businesses, and larger enterprise organizations. It does everything a modern office needs. Including from word processing and spreadsheet work to cloud storage and video conferencing.


Because Microsoft 365 is such a vast platform, with over 20 apps in total, it can be easy to miss helpful features. People tend to stick with what’s familiar. But this often causes them to miss out on time and money-saving bonuses in M365, beyond the core apps.


Some of the many apps you get, depending on your subscription plan, include:


· Excel

· Word

· PowerPoint

· Outlook

· To Do

· OneDrive

· Teams

· Forms

· Defender

· SharePoint

· Yammer

· Lists

· Access

· Bookings

· Intune

· Planner

· Visio

· And more


Want to get more value from your subscription? We’ll go through some of the most helpful apps and features in Microsoft 365 that you may now know about


Get More Out of M365 With These Tips


1. Skip the Menu Bar by Using Search to Find Functions


We’ve all been there at one time or another. You know there is a way to do something in an app, but you can’t find it in the menu. For example, trying to change your margins in Microsoft Word to give you more space on the page.


You can stop wasting time clicking through one tab after another, and instead, use the search box at the top. It’s not just for searching for help topics. You can use a search to quickly jump to settings like margins, page orientation, and many more.





2. Leverage the Free Stock Images, Icons & Videos


Most businesses need to have nice-looking images from time to time. They’re used on websites, brochures, and presentations. But finding good business images can be expensive.


You can’t just do a Google search to find them because they may be copyrighted. You need to have images that you can use commercially without any problems.


Inside the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint you have a treasure trove of images. These are free to use in your marketing. You also have videos, icons, and even 3D models, all there for the picking.


Find them by going to Insert > Pictures > Stock Images


Use the tab at the top to tab between the different media. Then, click to insert it directly into your document, spreadsheet, or presentation.




3. Save Time by Using Data Types in Excel


Researching things like the population of a city or the nutrition value of a new menu can take days. Did you know that inside Excel you have access to several databases?


You can leverage facts and figures stored inside Excel’s “data types." They include topics on everything from chemistry to yoga poses. Use data types to populate tons of data in seconds for various topics.


· Start by adding your list (e.g., a list of menu items).

· Highlight your list.

· Then, click the Data tab.

· In the Data Types window, choose the type of data it is (e.g., Food, Plant, etc.).



· Next, click the small database icon that appears at the top of the list.

· Choose the type of data you want.

· The details will populate into the next open column on the right for each list item.




4. Save Time on Customer Surveys with Microsoft Forms


Microsoft Forms is one of the best-kept secrets of M365. This cloud-based survey and form builder makes it simple to send out surveys to people. You get the results back as soon as they click “submit” on the cloud-based form.


You can even download the results directly to Excel. Using them for graphing or uploading them into a software template.