With more people than ever working from home or working remotely, now is a good time to brush up on your skills with software you use every day, learn advanced techniques, or perhaps even learn how to use something new.
Fortunately, Microsoft has some free online resources that anyone with an Office or Microsoft 365 subscription can use. Ranging from simple starter guides to advanced tips and tricks, they’re a useful set of materials to have on hand whatever your skill level.
Sometimes it’s easier to learn from seeing someone else complete the task, and learning how to do things in software packages is no different. M365 has a set of video tutorials to help you learn the basics if you’re a visual learner; included are tutorials on how to create, save, collaborate and share your work with others, how to work from anywhere, advice on using Teams, and information on some of the other interesting features offered by M365.
Ever seen a document with some features or effects and wondered how they achieved it? That’s what template tutorials are for. Reverse-engineer them; take them apart to learn how to get the results you want, or follow instructions inside the app to learn by doing. Step-by-step instructions take you through different types of tasks, and help you to leverage some more advanced features of the software to make your documents more professional and help you to accomplish tasks more efficiently.
You’ve probably seen these kinds of list-type graphics all over the internet, and the reason is that they can present information in a way that’s easy to reference and digest, and is visually interesting. Microsoft provide infographics for their software, including resources like a list of most-used Excel shortcuts, different ways to work in Word, or how to organise your inbox in Outlook. These can be printed or kept on your desktop for reference if you need them; they’re great for referencing and getting the most out of your software.
These are articles that contain similar information to the infographics; usually on card-like slides, in list format, or in short paragraphs. They’re also a good way to expand your knowledge on some of the more advanced features of the software, or make your workflow more efficient by providing a shortcut. This feature is relatively new on the Microsoft website, and contains a lot of information about newly added features – useful for old and new users alike.
All in all, a great set of resources – and available for free if you’re a Microsoft 365 or Office 365 Legacy Subscriber (or have access through your organisation).