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Landed Here May 23, 2016
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Microsoft Teams: No Metadata, Views or Filtering in SharePoint Tabs – NO PROBLEM
Tracy van der Schyff
So Tabs in Teams are pretty awesome. But when adding a SharePoint (Library), it brings back the full list of documents, no views, no metadata, no ‘normal’ edit menu. Today I’ll show you how to get around that and still... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: 1 day ago.
Week 2: Hitchhiker’s Guide – Website Project Roles & Responsibilities
Tracy van der Schyff
#42WeekHitchhikersGuide – In this week’s blog I would like to talk about roles and responsibilities in typical website projects. (Haha yes, I said typical – how funny is that?!). Week:  2 of 42, 40 left This week’s best line from Douglas Adams’ The Hitchhiker’s... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Mar 26th '17
Week 1: Hitchhiker’s Guide – UI / UX / CX Glossary
Tracy van der Schyff
#42WeekHitchhikersGuide – This is the first week in The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy, 42 week blog challenge. Here I’ll be documenting my journey into understanding and surviving in the mysterious world of UI / UX and CX. This week will... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Mar 19th '17
Why I wrote a blog, every single day, for 365 days
Tracy van der Schyff
As some of you might know, my #Office365Challenge finished on the 28th of February 2017. The index to all the posts can be found here. A lot of people have asked me “What next?” and before I can answer that,... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Mar 5th '17
Day 365 – Communication Tools in Office 365 – Teams
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge – It’s the Big 5 Countdown (African Style). It’s the big one folks!!! On the last day of my challenge I will give you my overview of Microsoft Teams. And a couple of other opinions which you might, or might... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Tue, Feb 28th '17
Day 364 – Communication Tools in Office 365 – Groups
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge – It’s the Big 5 Countdown (African Style). On my second last day I’ll be giving an overview of Office 365 Groups. I will not be answering the “Which one should I rather Use” question – you’ll have to wait until tomorrow... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Mon, Feb 27th '17
Day 363 – Communication Tools in Office 365 – Planner
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge – It’s the Big 5 Countdown (African Style). My focus for today, and the 2, final days following, will be the communication tools available to us. Today I’ll share an overview of Planner. You might be thinking how is this... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Feb 26th '17
Day 362 – Communication Tools in Office 365 – Yammer
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge – It’s the Big 5 Countdown (African Style). My focus for today, and the 3, final days following, will be the communication tools available to us. Today I’ll share 13 cool things about Yammer. Day:  362 of 365, 3 left Tools:  Office 365 Description:... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sat, Feb 25th '17
Day 361 – Communication Tools in Office 365 – Stream
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge – It’s the Big 5 Countdown (African Style). My focus for today, and the 4, final days following, will be the communication tools available to us. Today I’ll give an overview of Stream and what to expect. Day:  361 of 365, 4... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Fri, Feb 24th '17
Day 360 – It’s the Simple things that matter in SharePoint
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge – 5 Days to Go – The magic of SharePoint lies in the ability to take ordinary OTB Apps, and build extraordinary solutions with them. Solutions that help people, improves process, saves time, are easy to use, quick to deploy... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Thu, Feb 23rd '17
Day 359 – Expiry dates on Announcement Lists in SharePoint
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge – 6 Days to Go – So the Announcement list has an “Expires Column”. That solves everything right? Nope. If you add this list to your landing page it will still show all items, regardless of whether they have “expired”... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Wed, Feb 22nd '17
Day 358 – Quick Shape Formatting with Preset Theme Styles in PowerPoint
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge – 7 Days to Go – You’d think that after 357 days I’ve said all I could about PowerPoint. Nope. Learnt something new today. PowerPoint now has preset styles you can use to apply formatting on shapes. Soon everyone will... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Tue, Feb 21st '17
Day 357 – Take a Screenshot in Microsoft Office
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge – 8 Days to Go – The ability to take screenshots, is something I would not be able to function without. Whether it be training manuals, quick reference guides, blogs, ‘graphic design’ stuff (yes I put that in careful quotes).... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Mon, Feb 20th '17
Day 356 – What’s new and Improved in Office 365?
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge – 9 Days to Go – If you’re anything like me, you’ll also be like a kid in a candy store when it comes to the latest updates in Office 365 (Office 2016). This post will help you stay... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Feb 19th '17
Day 355 – Office 365 Recent used list across devices
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge And the countdown has begun – 10 days to go!  Anywhere-access to Office documents in Office 365 – do you even fully comprehend what that means? Do you remember the days where what you did, when you did it... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sat, Feb 18th '17
Day 354 – Do NOT miss out on these 4 Office 365 SuperPowers
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge I’m all about empowering people, call me a Micro”Softie” if you like. I also have a thing for super heroes, so when I take a look at Microsoft’s approach around enabling users of Office 365 – I’m super happy. In... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Fri, Feb 17th '17
Day 353 – Connect to Outlook in SharePoint
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Yes we’re trying to change culture. Yes we want to collaborate more and be more efficient, but most of us still hang around in Outlook, right? Bad habits are hard to break – and there is a place for everything,... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Thu, Feb 16th '17
Day 352 – Send e-mail when ownership is assigned in SharePoint Task Lists
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge We all know the feeling, when you don’t attend a meeting and actions get assigned to you without knowing. The task lists on SharePoint are a great way to manage your tasks, but also allows for task notifications to be... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Wed, Feb 15th '17
Day 351 – Focus on Content on SharePoint Pages
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Want to know how I learnt about “Focus on Content”? Accidentally – that’s how. One minute still working and suddenly your left navigation / page header disappears. Took me a while to figure that one out. Once you know how it... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Tue, Feb 14th '17
Day 350 – Using Gantt Charts in SharePoint Task Lists
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Task lists are one of my favourites to show business the value of SharePoint. So much time is wasted taking notes in meetings, then capturing it in Excel, distributing it and trying our best to manage and update them. Thanks to... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Mon, Feb 13th '17
Day 349 – Specify List Experience in SharePoint
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge We all fight change, but by now I’m ok with the new look in  lists / libraries. You might however on occasion wish to change the look for a specific list / library. This post will show you how. Day:... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Feb 12th '17
Day 348 – Disable Folder Creation in SharePoint Document Libraries
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge So folders are less evil than I thought a couple of years ago. There is a time and place for everything, however in some libraries you might be utilizing meta data and would like to disable the ability to create... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sat, Feb 11th '17
Day 347 – Use approvals on lists and libraries in SharePoint
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge As soon as we start talking approvals on content, most people grab the opportunity to create complex approval workflows. I always say that fancy emails and workflows don’t make people do things, if it’s not part of their responsibilities already.... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Fri, Feb 10th '17
Day 346 – Save parts or entire Excel workbooks as Web Pages
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Here’s a feature I’ve used quit often, but most probably not for what it was intended for. The ability to save parts of full workbooks in Excel as web pages allows us to expose data on a web page –... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Thu, Feb 9th '17
Day 345 – Saving Microsoft Office Files as PDF
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge One of the biggest challenges as a blogger – is to keep writing even if you think everyone knows it already. Because they don’t. At any given time somebody, somewhere still needs to learn something you’ve already forgotten. I still... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Wed, Feb 8th '17
Day 344 – Weekly digest: Office 365 changes
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Here’s a blog right under my nose I didn’t think of writing. The Weekly digest: Office 365 changes. Thanks @AlistairPugin for reminding me. What a great idea, the Admin Centre in Office 365 delivers a Weekly Digest mail with all... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Tue, Feb 7th '17
Day 343 – How do I give feedback on Microsoft Office?
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge I was so fortunate to be at the Microsoft Tech Summit in Johannesburg today and as always I was reminded of how important networking is. The ability to ask questions and give feedback is valuable – for both parties. In this... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Mon, Feb 6th '17
Day 342 – Using the Selection Pane in Microsoft PowerPoint
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge In this blog I’ll share some tips on selecting and working with multiple objects (shapes, text, objects and placeholders) in PowerPoint as well as giving you my Infographic CV template for free use. I have a crazy amount of objects... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Feb 5th '17
Day 341 – View Colour and Grayscale in PowerPoint
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge If you’re even a bit like me, you’ll use PowerPoint for much more than just presentations. I’ve created posters, flyers and even my latest Infographic CV in PowerPoint. (Might share the template with you in a next blog). When your... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sat, Feb 4th '17
Day 340 – Using the Ruler, Gridlines and Guides in Microsoft PowerPoint
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Very few people have a perfect eye for aligning objects or text in PowerPoint. Rulers, Gridlines and Guides will ‘enhance’ your visual ability to spot objects which should be moved and help you design and deliver better PowerPoint presentations. Day:... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Fri, Feb 3rd '17
Day 339 – Hide and show slides in PowerPoint
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge If you’re doing a presentation to different audiences and need to exclude some of the slides during certain presentations – then this is for you. Why have duplicate presentations when you can have one? Day:  339 of 365, 26 left Tools:  Office 365, PowerPoint... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Thu, Feb 2nd '17
Day 338 – View historical versions of Office files
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge This has always been one of my ‘selling points’ for SharePoint – being able to view and restore previous versions of files. Now this ability has been extended to your files in Microsoft Office if hosted on SharePoint or Onedrive.... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Wed, Feb 1st '17
Day 337 – See files others have shared with you
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge We’re living in the era of Failure to Filter. Too much information, whether through search or discovery, comes our way every minute. Microsoft has done so much to help us filter out and find information faster. The “Shared with... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Tue, Jan 31st '17
Day 336 – Creating Map Charts in Excel
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge Of course data is valuable, but being able to present it visually helps people to interpret the data much faster, and saves time. The new Map Chart in Excel is brilliant for displaying geographical data and really easy to... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Mon, Jan 30th '17
Day 335 – 7 Ways to Promote your SharePoint Blog
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge Just because you’re passionate about the blog you write – doesn’t mean people sit there watching and refreshing the page, waiting for something to happen. You have to promote your blog, especially if you don’t have regular followers yet.... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Jan 29th '17
Day 334 – Manage your SharePoint blog and categories
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Today we’ll take a look at managing your blogs on SharePoint. Editing, approving blogs as well as adding new categories. Day:  334 of 365, 31 left Tools:  SharePoint 2016, Office 365 Description: Manage your SharePoint blog and categories Audience:  End User / Power User... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sat, Jan 28th '17
Day 333 – Create and Use SharePoint Blog Sites
Tracy van der Schyff
   #Office365Challenge SharePoint Blog sites can be used for company announcements, innovations, ideas, training and general knowledge sharing. The content will only be available to the people inside your organization, therefor an ideal place to share classified content – not for... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Fri, Jan 27th '17
Day 332 – Using the Effect Options in PowerPoint Morph Transitions
Tracy van der Schyff
    #Office365Challenge Any day I can write about PowerPoint is a good day. Today I’ll share something about using Morph transitions that I didn’t know – and makes a HUGE difference! Effect Options. Day:  332 of 365, 33 left Tools:  PowerPoint 2016, Office 365 Description:... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Thu, Jan 26th '17
Day 331 – Create and edit permission levels in SharePoint
Tracy van der Schyff
     #Office365Challenge The permissions levels in SharePoint are rather comprehensive, but should you require a bit extra, or less of something – then creating new permission levels would be the way to go. Day:  331 of 365, 34 left Tools:  SharePoint 2016, Office 365 Description:... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Wed, Jan 25th '17
Day 330 – Manage and Discard Checked out files in SharePoint
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge So a file’s checked out and you want to discard that immediately?! (Haha, really having some fun with these WikiHow Images). This post covers the permissions you need to view other users’ checked out files and how to manage... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Tue, Jan 24th '17
Day 329 – Use @mentions to get someone’s attention in Microsoft Outlook
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge Ok, that is cute – but I didn’t mean it that way. You’ll still have to buy those chocolates or flowers. On a more serious note, I used to highlight someone’s name or change the colour of the font... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Mon, Jan 23rd '17
Day 328 – Open and Edit SVG files in Microsoft Office
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge I’m a sucker for doing crazy design stuff in PowerPoint, and when Microsoft adds functionality to do even more – I’m super happy. Today we’ll take a look at working with SVG files in Office. Day:  328 of 365, 37 left... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Jan 22nd '17
Day 327 – Using CONCAT and TEXTJOIN in Microsoft Excel
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge I’ve always been a huge fan of data clean-up formulas. LEFT, MID, RIGHT, TRIM, CONCATENATE etc. The January 2016 update had some updates around new functions and data entry. Day:  327 of 365, 38 left Tools:  Office 365, Office 2016, Excel Description: Using... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sat, Jan 21st '17
Day 326 – Using the Learning Tools in Microsoft Word
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge The Learning Tools in Microsoft Word might be focussed on helping people improve their reading skills – but after I saw the “Read Aloud” feature I knew I would be using this. Day:  326 of 365, 39 left Tools:  Office 365, Office... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Fri, Jan 20th '17
Day 325 – Getting those bullets to work in Design Ideas – Microsoft PowerPoint
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge I’ve seen a couple of tweets about the bullet points not working in PowerPoint Designer. I’ve tried, tried and tried again (maybe an update has come through) and Voila – I got it working. Day:  325 of 365, 40 left Tools:... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Thu, Jan 19th '17
Day 324 – Using PowerPoint Designer to make your slides ‘POP’!
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge Yes, yes… “Can you make it Pop?” is one of those Designer nightmare requests. I’m just kidding of course, but PowerPoint Designer really does make it “Pop”. Day:  324 of 365, 41 left Tools:  Office 365, Office 2016, PowerPoint Description: Using PowerPoint Designer... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Wed, Jan 18th '17
Day 323 – Convert Ink to shapes with the Draw Tab In Office 2016
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge What a great idea! Help-me-draw (straight). Because let’s face it, we’re not all Pablo Picassos, or wait, maybe we are. We’re not all architects – and what I’m referring to is drawing straight lines and shapes. This post will... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Tue, Jan 17th '17
Day 322 – Share a copy or PDF your document by email
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge The ability to save Word documents as PDF’s as been around for many years, also sharing a Word document via email (directly from Word). Now you can share a Word document as a PDF via email – directly from... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Mon, Jan 16th '17
Day 321 – Insert Icons in Microsoft Office
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge For someone who’s had to create most of her own icons – this is a great new feature. Sure to save a lot of time when creating presentations and other content. Day:  321 of 365, 44 left Tools:  Office 365, Office 2016... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Jan 15th '17
Day 320 – Tell me what you want to do…
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge You might have noticed “Tell me what you want to do” in Office 2016, and you think it’s just a new name for Help. You are so wrong! Let’s try it out. Day:  320 of 365, 45 left Tools:  Office 365, Word,... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sat, Jan 14th '17
Day 319 – Woohoo to the new Zoom Feature in Microsoft PowerPoint
Tracy van der Schyff
 #Office365Challenge It feels like I’ve been waiting for this FOR EVER!! That update just wouldn’t come through. Anyway, now I have it and I can tell you about the new Zoom Feature in PowerPoint. This allows you to Zoom in... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Fri, Jan 13th '17
Day 318 – Get Insights with Smart Lookup in Microsoft Word
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Smart Lookup was launched in September 2015. This tool helps you to gather insight into your content as well as see other top related searches and articles as well as definitions. Day:  318 of 365, 47 left Tools:  Office 365, Word Description: ... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Thu, Jan 12th '17
Day 317 – Using the new Researcher in Microsoft Word
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge The all new Researcher was added to Word in the June 2016 updates. It’s a great research tool for those who write articles, blogs, publish papers. Day:  317 of 365, 48 left Tools:  Office 365, Word Description:  Using the new Researcher in... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Wed, Jan 11th '17
Day 316 – Email Signatures in Outlook
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Setting up email signatures might be second nature to some, but I see a lot of mails without them. This blog will not only show you how to setup your email signature – but also give you some tips... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Tue, Jan 10th '17
Day 315 – How to Train your Inbox Dragon
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Nothing destroys a good vacation of quality time spent with family and well deserved rest – as an aggressively overflowing Inbox. I feel your pain. Day:  315 of 365, 50 left Tools:  Office 365, Outlook Description:  How to Train your Inbox Dragon Audience:  All... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Mon, Jan 9th '17
Day 314 – Edit Email Subjects and Add Notes
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Do you get super annoyed when people send emails with non-descriptive subjects? I do, and I’ve been modifying my email subjects for years. Day:  314 of 365, 51 left Tools:  Office 365, Outlook Description:  Edit Email Subjects and Add Notes Audience:  All... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sun, Jan 8th '17
Day 313 – Saving PowerPoint files as Videos
Tracy van der Schyff
#Office365Challenge Do you have a PowerPoint with some great images, text, animations and transitions. Why not save it as a video file that plays by itself? Day:  313 of 365, 52 left Tools:  Office 365, PowerPoint Description:  Saving PowerPoint files as Videos Audience:... Continue Reading → [read].
Posted: Sat, Jan 7th '17



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