Office is getting smarter all the time, adding new cloud-enhanced features that can save you time and produce better results. These features help you improve your writing in Word and Outlook, analyze your data in Excel, and deliver dynamic presentations in PowerPoint.
Let's take a look at some of the new services that Microsoft Office provides, and we'll show you how to turn them on or off.
PowerPoint Designer makes it easy to create a beautiful slide with just one click. While you're putting content on a slide, Designer works in the background to match that content to professionally designed layouts.
For more information, see About PowerPoint Designer.
Editor helps you improve your writing in Word and Outlook by identifying words and phrases that might not be understood by others or could be more polished. When you misspell a word, Editor analyzes the word, and the context, to make it more likely that the correct word is found for you.
When Editor is enabled, improved spelling suggestions will be automatically available to you, whether you use the context menu or the spelling pane.
For more information on Word Editor see Editor - your writing assistant.
Note: This feature is not currently available for Word and Outlook for Mac.
Stay focused on your task by using the Smart Lookup pane, powered by Bing, to get search results without leaving the app. When you select a word or phrase, right-click it, and choose Smart Lookup, the Smart Lookup pane will provide definitions, topics, Wikipedia articles, and top related searches from the web. You can also get to Smart Lookup any time by going to References > Research > Smart Lookup.
Tip: If you are on a touch device, double-tap the word to select it and then tap Smart Lookup or .
For more information on Smart Lookup see Get insights into what you're working on with Smart Lookup.
Word can translate selected words, phrases or entire documents to or from 60 different languages.
For more information on Word Translator see Translate words and documents to another language within Word.
Auto Alt Text
Office can help make your documents, emails, and presentations more accessible to people using screen readers by suggesting alt text (that's the text description of an image that a person using a screen reader hears when they encounter your image) for your images. Sometimes you'll get a full sentence of descriptive text, other times you might get descriptive tags; depending upon your image.
To enable or disable this feature go to File > Options > Ease of Access and you'll find the setting under the Automatic Alt Text section.
And much more...
Our portfolio of features is growing every month. Other services we've added include:
Look at your Excel data in new ways: Insights in Excel
Get a jumpstart on your next presentation: Research a topic with PowerPoint QuickStarter
Use your digital pen to quickly add text or shapes to your presentation: Convert ink to shapes or text in PowerPoint for Office 365
Use words or phrases to tell Office what you'd like to do: Do things quickly with Tell Me
Enter text in Office simply by talking: Dictate with your voice in Office
Enabling & disabling these features
The first time you open an Office 365 desktop application you'll see a window that lets you choose whether you want to enable these features or not.
Whatever you choose, you can change that decision at any time. Simply open any Office 365 desktop application on Windows, go to File > Options and select the Trust Center tab on the Navigation pane to the left. Click Trust Center Settings and go to the Privacy Options tab.
To learn more, see the View my privacy options in Microsoft Office.
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