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How to use the “Tell Me” feature in Office 365


As we all know in today’s fast-paced work environment, efficiency and productivity are paramount. Office 365, Microsoft’s comprehensive suite of productivity tools, has been empowering organisations worldwide to streamline their workflows and enhance collaboration.

Among the many useful features offered by Office 365, the “Tell Me” feature stands out as a valuable asset for users seeking quick and efficient access to the suite’s vast capabilities.

Let’s explore how the “Tell Me” feature simplifies navigation and boosts productivity in Office 365.

What is the “Tell Me” feature?

The “Tell Me” feature is a powerful search tool integrated into Office 365 applications, including Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and more. It is designed to make the suite’s extensive range of functions more accessible.

The “Tell Me” feature allows users to quickly find and execute commands, format text, access features, and get help without having to navigate through menus or memorize complex shortcuts.

What can the “Tell Me” feature do for me?

Streamlined navigation

Navigating through the various menus and options of Office 365 applications can sometimes be time-consuming, particularly for occasional or new users.

With the “Tell Me” feature, users can bypass the need to manually search through numerous menus and submenus to find the desired command. By simply typing a keyword or phrase related to the task at hand, the “Tell Me” feature provides immediate suggestions, making it incredibly easy to locate and execute the required action.

Efficient access to features

Office 365 applications are packed with lots of features and options, many of which might go unnoticed or are underutilised by users.

The “Tell Me” feature comes to the rescue by enabling users to explore and access these hidden gems effortlessly. Whether it’s finding and applying a specific formatting option, customizing the toolbar, or accessing advanced settings, the “Tell Me” feature provides a quick and intuitive way to accomplish these tasks, saving valuable time and effort.

Real-time assistance and learning

Another remarkable aspect of the “Tell Me” feature is its built-in help functionality. When users search for a command or feature, “Tell Me” not only provides immediate suggestions but also offers contextual tips and suggestions based on the search query.

This real-time assistance aids users in discovering new functionalities, improving their proficiency with Office 365, and ultimately enhancing their productivity.

Additionally, the feature also links to relevant help articles and resources, providing users with comprehensive information and guidance whenever required.

Enhanced collaboration

Collaboration lies at the core of Office 365, and the “Tell Me” feature contributes to this objective by facilitating seamless collaboration among team members.

When working on shared documents or projects, users can quickly search for and execute commands required for collaboration, such as sharing, tracking changes, or adding comments.

This feature not only accelerates the collaboration process but also ensures that all users can easily access the necessary tools and features, regardless of their familiarity with Office 365.

How do I use the “Tell Me” feature?

All you need to do is simply open any of your desired applications within the Office 365 suite, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint or Outlook.

Once in the application, locate the search box at the very top, as displayed in the example below.

Then you can type any key words or phrases relating to the task in question, the feature will then provide immediate suggestions.

How to use tell me in Office 365

Additional Information

In Office 2016 the “Tell Me” search box is identified by a bulb symbol instead of a magnifying glass.

Further Information

If you have any questions about this or need assistance, then please contact the GCC Group Support Team on 0345 260 1151 or

Microsoft 365

In our personal and business lives, we’re becoming more connected than ever. Microsoft 365 is the world-class cloud-based platform which helps you to achieve your goals from anywhere.

Microsoft 365 is a suite of apps bringing together all the greatest Office applications in one cloud-based platform, enabling your people to connect, collaborate and get things done from anywhere.

Applications that help you stay connected and get things done include:

  • Word
    Microsoft’s iconic word processing program allows you to create and share documents, now with intelligent document support.
  • Excel
    Simplify complex data with the world’s most-used spreadsheet program.
  • PowerPoint
    Create and share outstanding presentations.
  • Teams
    Bring everyone together with secure video & call conferencing, instant messaging, and collaboration.
  • Outlook
    Manage all your emails in one place.
  • One Drive
    Save files securely and access them at any time, from anywhere.
  • SharePoint
    Create team sites to share information, files, and resources.

Plus, other useful applications such as Exchange, Intune and Azure Information Protection.

Speak to us today to find out how which Microsoft applications could be deployed in your business.