Monday, November 12, 2018

Get started with Office 365 on the front page

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When most users access Office 365 they start on the front page as shown above. There is lots of really great and helpful stuff on this page but many people in my experience don’t take a moment to actually see what is here and understand how it can make their lives easier.

The first of these benefits is Search which you'll find in the upper right corner of the page as shown. This will find information for you across all of Office 365.

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Then there is the ability to down and install a local version of Office via the Install Office button also on the right. Remember that you get 5 installs of Office on PC’s and Macs, 5 on tablets and 5 on phones.

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Hopefully most people are familiar with the Apps in the middle of the page that give you access to your Office 365 services simply by selecting them.

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Of course, if you don’t see the app that you are after then you can select the Expand all your apps option to see all the Office 365 services you have access to.

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If you now scroll down you’ll see that you can Upload documents directly from this page,

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as well as create a New Office document.

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A little further down you’ll see Recommended documents. These recommendations come from the Office Graph and are files you make not have seen but have access two. These recommendations are typically files that your peers are working on.

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Further down you’ll find a number of categories of your files as shown above, including Recent files that you have been working on, which is handy.

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Here again, you’ll find the Discover option to view files that the Office Graph finds relevant for you.

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Right at the bottom you’ll find access and information about your OneDrive for Business and SharePoint sites.

So, this start page is a great summary for a user of all the stuff that they need access to. Take a moment and have a look at what it says for you and you may find that it is indeed the best way to get to your information in Office 365.