Microsoft Now Has Quick Start Guides For Office 2016

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I will be the first to admit that I like having manuals to read for specific information.  Microsoft has now authored documents called Quick Starts for Office 2016.   You can see the documents at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Office-2016-Quick-Starts-25f909da-3e76-443d-94f4-6cdf7dedc51e.

Here are the different versions available.

Resources Online

Download in PDF

Read in Office Sway

For Mac users, the following Quick Start guides exist.  The Office 2016 guides are available to download in PDF.  They include Word, Excel, Outlook, PowerPoint, and OneNote. 

Skype for Business, Mac, and Mobile

Thinking about whether to upgrade to Office 2016?  Take a look at the resource guides to help you decide. 

How To Fix Outlook and Office 365 Issues

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I recently set up an Outlook 365 Business  account.  It was easy to set up and to get it going on my browser.

Then I set up the email address on my desktop Outlook 2013 Client.  It worked well for two days and then I started to get error messages:

   An unhandled win32 exception occurred in Outlook.exe [14592].

The number on the message would change from time to time when I was logging in.  Sometimes it was 14595, or 5672, or 5996.  And, using Visual Studio debugging tool did not help.

Microsoft Outlook would not open at all so I could not get into it to make changes.

I tried many things that did not work.

Here is what worked:

1. I found a site for Office Support, and it had a section on Office 365 Business Accounts.  You can find this information at https://support.office.com/en-us/article/Outlook-email-setup-6e27792a-9267-4aa4-8bb6-c84ef146101b

2. I clicked on the phrase “automatically diagnose and fix many Outlook setup issues

3. This took me to the “FIX OUTLOOK” page at https://portal.office.com/support/help.aspx?sid=sara#/330cfd4a-358a-47fc-a679-71c762039f09

4. I downloaded the Microsoft Support and Recover Assistant for Office 365, and installed it.

5. The process took about 45 minutes to run through all the possible issues. 

In the end, the RECOVER ASSISTANT did fix my client and get it to open.  And, it did tell me that my profile needed to be reset.  It is a good tool to use when you do not know what is wrong.

If you ever need to use the RECOVER ASSISTANT, let me know if it works for you.

New Features In Outlook 2016

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Figure 1 – Add-in features for Outlook.com and Outlook 2016, and 2013

Microsoft has been adding new features to Outlook throughout 2016.  In early October, the newest feature was added – Create Events From Email.

Here is what it does:

Outlook can now automatically create events from email messages you receive with flight, hotel, car, or dinner reservations or package delivery and tracking information. No more booking a flight and then adding the flight details to your calendar manually. All events created are marked private, so only you can see them. For more information, see Automatically add travel, restaurant, and package delivery events to your calendar.

In an earlier release, Microsoft added a feature that I really like called, “Use @ to get someone’s attention”.  You can see how to use it in the information below.

If you’d like to get someone’s attention in an email message or a meeting invite, you can type the @ symbol followed by their name in the body of the email message or a meeting invite. If you do, not only will their name be highlighted in the message body or invite details, but Outlook will automatically add them to the To line of the email or meeting invite. For more information, see Use @ to get someone’s attention.

And the best feature is the “Tell Me what you want to do box”.  With the changes, some tasks may now require a bit more explanation or help. 

To use this box,  enter a search for a certain task, function or question you’ll see a wide variety of options. If it’s a quick task Outlook will try to let you take care of it right from the Tell Me pane. If it’s a more complex question, we’ll show you help that we think best matches your needs. Try it out to see how fast you can find what you’re looking for and get things done.

Some of these features will work in Outlook.com as well as in Outlook 2016. 

Don’t forget to check out all of the Outlook Add-Ins that are now available.