Skype chat within Outlook for Web

Outlook web access has been around for many years. Now you can use Skype chat within Outlook – on any browser… another nice integration feature for Office 365. Of course, we are talking about Skype for Business (SFB) here.

The practical benefit is, if you find that someone is online and you need quick response, chat with that person rather than sending an email. That is called “Instant Messaging”.

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Announcement: Mouse Ebook coming soon

The need

If you are doing serious and important work, you must use mouse. Yes, I know that there are lots of alternatives. Pros like keyboard shortcuts, newer generation likes touch and stylus. By all means use all of them. But the humble mouse does have some unique benefits to offer.

Trust me, you will save at least ten minutes every day.  It will also do some good for your wrists because it will make your mouse usage more efficient and less stressful, and therefore reduces the risk of arthritis.

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Quiz Winner

I posted this quiz couple of days back. Here is our quiz winner!

Chayse Newman Gift with a bow

Congratulations. Please send me your email address on
I will send the Amazon Voucher immediately. Cheers.

Chayse’s answer described the exact scenario where this message appears.

If you are the only one editing the document, this message will not appear. If someone else was editing the document simultaneously and then leaves the editing session, you are informed that “It’s just you here now.” The keyword is NOW. Earlier you were not alone, now you are.

Will post more quiz questions soon. Enjoy.

Convert Power View dashboards to Power BI Desktop

Although Power View and Power BI reports are similar, Microsoft is focusing on the later. Power BI platform is being separated out from Excel for many reasons. One of the reasons is to eliminate the dependence upon Silverlight (technology used to create Power View, which is now being phased out).

Here is a 2 minute video which explains how to convert Excel based Power BI components like data mode, queries, relationships and Power View dashboards into Power BI Desktop. Once converted, you can publish these to the Power BI portal.

Office Quiz: Win 20 USD Amazon Voucher

Office Quiz

I have not posted a quiz for a long time. Here it is – a quick one.

Office Quiz

When do you see this message “It’ just you here now.” while working with some Office applications?

Post your answer as a comment here. The first right answer gets 20 USD Amazon Gift Voucher. Please add your mail id so that we can send the voucher by email to you.

I will announce the winner tomorrow.

Update: The quiz is now closed. View the winner and the right answer here.

Word Styles : Knowledge Pack

Here is a list of articles, in recommended reading order
for using Word Styles efficiently.

Word Styles

  1. Top 3 Efficiency Habits: Use Word Styles, Excel Tables and PowerPoint SmartArt
    Most efficient features you should know – one each for Word, Excel and PowerPoint
  2. Be stylish – Use Word Styles
    Details about how and why you should use Word Styles
  3. How to select things in Word
    See how using Styles simplifies selection and rearranging of Word documents
  4. Writers: How to write a balanced article containing opposing views using Styles
    A special case of using Word styles
  5. Creating FAQ documents using Styles
    Use custom styles to simplify creating documents which contain questions and answers
  6. Best way to hide false spelling mistakes
    Innovative use of Word Styles to hide spelling mistakes which are special words – like names or technical jargon, which default dictionary does not understand.
  7. Did you know: Hyperlink within the same document
    How to cross-reference specific areas within the Word document using Styles and Bookmarks.
  8. How to format books for Kindle: Raj Chaudhuri – Guest Post
    Use Styles to create easy formatting for eBook publishing.
  9. Create a presentation in One Click with Send to PowerPoint
    Use styles in Word and automatically create a presentation in PowerPoint.

Screencast Recording Checklist

Here is a list of things I check before I start recording a screencast. I use Camtasia, Blue Yeti Pro microphone for this purpose.  I have a sound-proof studio at home. But in spite of that, many things need to be reset and checked before every recording. Something will always go wrong… you learn from it and update the Screencast Recording Checklist. Feel free to post your inputs and anything I may have missed.

Screencast Recording Checklist

The objective of this comprehensive checklist is to ensure high quality recording and minimize retakes or editing time. Of course, you still need a lot of practice.

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