Learn how to navigate Microsoft Delve's homepage and quick launch area.
- [Narrator] Searching for the right content is never easy. You never seem to get the results you expect and end up spending too much time sifting through those results. What if you had a tool that did the sifting for you as you search, and provides common elements of who, what and where you work the most often to drive your results? We'll review the Delve start page and go over some basic elements you'll find when you first arrive in Delve. By mastering the component of the Delve home page you'll be connecting with the right files and data faster than you ever have before. Let's start on the Office 365 portal home page.
What you see here may be different from your own portal page. This is determined by your organization's Office 365 licensing and your personal access as determined by your Office 365 admin. From here, you connect to any Office 365 application. We're going to look at Delve today by clicking on the tile. When we first arrive on the Delve home page we see two primary areas. On the left-hand side we have the quick launch area which has some common navigation elements. In the center we have the display, which shows results.
Let's take a look at the quick launch area. At the top of the quick launch we have the search bar. When we first place our cursor on the search bar we see our most recent search results. If we start to type, for example, if I'm looking for the word sales, results start to appear based on what I've typed. If I complete my typing and press enter I see a list of results which show a file name, where it's stored and when and by whom it was last updated. From here, all I have to do is click on the item to open it up. Let's go back to the quick launch.
Below the search bar we have three static buttons: the home, me, and favorites buttons. The home button shows those files that are most relevant to you. When you first start in Delve you may not recognize all the files that are being presented. Don't worry about this, Delve is just trying to make a best guess at what you want to see. As you use Delve in Office 365 you'll begin to see results that are more relevant to you. The next button is the me button. On the me page, we see elements like your profile information which comes from your SharePoint profile. Other information like blogs.
We also see two areas for recent documents as well as discovering documents from people around you. Below me, we have the favorites button. The favorites button is where you have boards or documents that you've recently favorited. Below the buttons we have the people area. These are people you work with the most or those who are closest to you in your work chart. For example, I work with Phyllis a lot and Steve and I both report to Mark. Periodically, you may see the people list refresh. Don't worry about this, Delve is just trying to present you the people that you work with the most.
Below people we see the boards area. The boards that are listed here are those you've tagged or recently searched on. Boards are things you've tagged for things like topics or projects. Keep in mind that boards are shared, which means that anyone in your organization has the ability to see or add tags to any item. However, like in everything with Delve, people only see those items that they have permissions to. Let's return to the home page. In the center area we see content cards which are the information around all the files being displayed. Some of the things you'll see in a content card are the person who last modified the file, when they modified it, the file type, the file name, and where it's been stored.
Some of the other things that you're able to do is favorite, add to a board, and do things like copy a link. Later, we'll look more at content cards, what's shown and what other people see. Finally, let's look at some other common navigation elements to Office 365 and Delve. In the upper left-hand side we have the waffle, which is similar to what you see on your portal home page, which is navigation to other Office 365 applications. In addition, we have other common navigation elements like notifications, settings, help and information about your Office 365 profile.
Although the interface may seem plain to start by learning the basic navigation elements to Delve you'll soon be a pro at connecting to people and content to help you get work done.
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- Exploring how Delve surfaces information
- Establishing privacy settings
- Navigating the Delve homepage
- Using content cards
- Organizing content with Delve boards and favorites
- Sharing content available through Delve
- Finding relevant experts
- Connecting with Delve through the Office 365 web application