Tell me feature in Word is a tool where you can type words and phrases about what you want. It will opens up the options you need in a blink of an eye, instead of merely telling you where they are located.
If you are using Office 2016, did you know, to make finding tools and commands faster and more efficient, Word has added the Tell Me feature. This feature is usually displayed on the ribbon, which I bet some of you will not notice. So if you are curious, we will find out what it is, its function and how to use it.
I. Tell me feature in Word 2016 “Tell me what you want to do…”.
Appears as the last sections beside the tabs on the ribbon, you can easily see the faded text “Tell me what to do…” with the light bulb icon at the beginning of the sentence.
This is one of the new features introduced in Word 2016. Let’s say you need to do a particular task, but you have no clue on how to do it, you can type in something related to your task into the Tell Me tool.
When you start typing something in, Word immediately suggests commands relate to the key word you just enter. For example if you type “Shape”, some options will appear:
If an arrow appears on that selection, when you click on it, a menu will appear, showing more options.
Sometimes you will be allow to access the command immediately. For example, when you type “watermark” and press Enter, the Watermark window opens.
This feature is also context sensitive. As an example you have your cursor positioned in one table cell and you type “insert row” into the Tell Me tool. Word displays “Insert Rows Below” as an option and you can use it right away. However, it will be greyed out if your cursor is located within something that is not a table.
For your information, there is a key combination that helps you position your cursor in the Tell Me box right immediately, try Alt + Q!
As for me, the Tell Me Tool works better than Word’s help system, as you type, it will opens up the options you need in a blink of an eye, instead of merely telling you where they are located. And I’m sure some of you may get tired reading boring tutorials from Word, just like me!
I hope you will find this knowledge useful. Thank you and good luck in your job!