3 More Top Office 365 Productivity Tips (Part 2)

This is part of our new series showing you how to make the most of Office 365. If you think these tips are helpful and want to expand your toolset even more, view our Office 365 Course Offerings here.

For the first set of Office 365 Tips here.


4. Clear Useless ‘Reply All’ Emails From Your Inbox

We’ve all opened our inbox to find it clogged with a long series of messages from a group message where all the responses have been ‘Reply All’. We then spend a frustrating few minutes deleting them all emails containing ‘Great’ or ‘Good idea’ because people haven’t bothered to use ‘Reply’.

Office 365 has a solution for this.

To do this simply click on one of the messages in the chain that you want to delete and click  Ignore in the delete group of the Home tab.


Selecting Ignore In the Home tab of Outlook 365


Alternatively, if you are using the web app you can simply right click on the message and click ‘Ignore’ and then OK in the dialogue box


Selecting Ignore In Outlook 365 Web App


If you subsequently change your mind it is as simple as finding the message in your deleted messages folder, right clicking and selecting Ignore and then select ‘Stop Ignoring Conversation’.


Adding conversation to your inbox in outlook 365

For another top Outlook tip, read our guide on Using Automatic Reply in Outlook.


5. Use Teams To Create Meeting Notes

Did you know that Teams can actually create a transcript of your meeting for you automatically?

This means that not only can you use it to record your meetings but you can also get it to produce notes for you.

Once you have finished your meeting navigate to MS Stream and find your recording in My Contents > Videos. Click the pencil edit icon.


Finding a Video In Stream and Selecting The Edit Icon


In the menu that this will take you to select your language (English in this case) on the left-hand side and then on the right-hand side select ‘Auto-generate captions’.


Selecting captions and caption language in Microsft Stream


Once you have done that you will need to wait a while the transcript is produced.

Once it’s been produced users can click the Auto CC option which appears when they click the gear icon in the bottom right-hand corner of their video.

Obviously, once you have a transcript of a meeting it is very quick to then create some fantastic meeting notes.

For more ways to increase your productivity, read our guide on Creating and Using Building Blocks in Word.


6. Add expiry dates and passwords to sensitive files in OneDrive

If you are sharing confidential information you should think about putting both an expiry date and a password on the links to the files that you are sharing via OneDrive.

This will ensure that no-one can use the link without having the password and also that the link will expire after a set amount of time, regardless of whether you have the password.

Obviously, this doesn’t ensure that the data stays confidential but limiting people’s access to confidential information is good practice and reduces the risk of it falling into the wrong hands substantially.

To do this it’s very simple – right-click on the file you would like to share and then select ‘Copy Link‘.


OneDrive - Selecting Copy Link when creating a shareable link


This will bring up another dialogue box showing the link and then giving you the option to edit the link properties:


Selecting the 'anyone with the link can edit' menu in OneDrive


This will bring up one final menu in which you can select both the


Selecting the expiry date and password option for a One Drive link


There you go. It takes about 10 seconds but will make a big difference to helping improve your security.

Now you have 6 fantastic tips that will help your productivity in Office 365. If you want even more productivity tips read our guide on Microsoft Office Shortcuts here!

About Ben Richardson

Ben is a director of Acuity Training which he has been running for over 10 years.

He is a Natural Sciences graduate from the University of Cambridge and a qualified accountant with the ICAEW.

He previously worked as a venture capitalist and banker and so had extensive experience with Excel from building financial models before moving to learn SQL, Microsoft Power BI and other technologies more recently.