Clippy may be dead, but the Microsoft Office 365 search box is even more useful


Do you remember Clippy? The anthropomorphic paperclip assistant was once a key feature of Microsoft’s Office suite of products and often helped users with suggestions on letter writing etc.

While Clippy is long gone, Microsoft recently replaced it with a feature of Office 2016 known as “Tell me. “Or, if you’re using the latest version of Office 365 and Office 2019, a feature known as Microsoft search box. In this Office 365 guide, we’ll take a look at what the Microsoft search box can do for you.

A quick explanation of the Microsoft search box

The Microsoft search box is universal in Office 365 applications such as Word, PowerPoint, and Excel. He lives on top of the ribbon and is out of your way. It’s very different from Clippy, who was known to show up at the most awkward moments. Either way, the Microsoft search box can help you do a few things. It is designed so that you can type in words or phrases about what you want to do next, and will help you access those features. You can even save time by invoking it with the Alt + Q buttons on your keyboard.

Microsoft search box features in Office 365

When you click on the Microsoft search box, the search will remember what you last asked it to do. It may also suggest actions you might want to take depending on what you are working on. Additionally, if you’re using a professional version of Office 365, you’ll also see a list of people you collaborate with and files you’ve recently worked on in that search box. Finally, if you’re lost and you don’t know where to find a specific feature of the Office 365 app you’re in, the search box can help you find what you’re looking for.

The Microsoft search box is also smart enough to help you find the definition of a word. Just type the word into the Microsoft search box and Bing will tell you what it means. But, if you are looking for extended results, you can also always click on the definition and open the search pane to see more details about Bing.

This pane will have tabs for Knowledge, Files, Web, and Images. Knowledge will give you a definition or more information on a subject. Files will search your organization’s files for the word you searched for. Web will show you a list of web results. Pictures, meanwhile, will search for Bing images for your query.

Just the start of what Office 365 can do for you

The Microsoft search box is just one of the many features that Office 365 can help you with. So far in our coverage, we’ve highlighted how you can use it in your small business, stay healthy at work, and even improve your workflow. Stay tuned to OnMSFT for all of your Office 365 news and information, and don’t hesitate to let us know if you’ve used Microsoft Search in Office 365 before by leaving us a comment below.

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