Learn how to launch Office 365 apps from the main screen as well as the App Launcher, and use the App Launcher to switch between apps quickly without having to navigate back to the main screen.
- [Instructor] When you're working with apps here in Office 365, the app launcher's going to come in very handy for switching between the apps without having to come back to the Office 365 home screen here. For example, let's go over to Planner if you have it. You can select any of the apps that you like. When you launch them from the tile here in Office 365, you continue to see the app launcher in the top left corner, access to Office 365, and then the name of the app you're working on. You still have access to your notifications, settings, help, and your own account settings from here as well.
So if I'm working away in Planner and I'm actually done with Planner and I want to switch to my calendar I don't have to close this up and then go over and launch the calendar. I can go to the app launcher and go right to my calendar from here. Notice it switches up Planner for my Outlook calendar just like that. Now I'm ready to go back to the app launcher and do something else like create a document in Microsoft Word. Clicking Word, you can see in this case actually does open up its own tab where I'm ready to start working on recent files or creating a new document.
Now from here, because I'm working with Word online, I see Word Online up here just to remind me it's the online version and again, I have access to the app launcher if I want to switch over to Excel, for example. This is another one that's part of the Office Suite so clicking this tile does open up its own tab where I can start working on Microsoft Excel. So at any time I can be closing up these tabs when I'm done, or using the app launcher to switch between apps that are running or not running and launch them directly from here.
Now going back to the app launcher I'm going to close up my calendar and return to my Office 365 home screen here. Click the app launcher and you'll notice you can access any newly installed apps from here as well, it looks like Teams was recently installed so I can get to it quickly. I can also go to All from here and search for apps. Clicking in the Search field allows me to type in what it is I'm looking for. Maybe it's Planner, I don't know where it is. As soon as I start typing it in it narrows it down and there's Planner right there.
Of course I could always go back to the Home tab to access all of the tiles I see here on my home screen. So that's the beauty of the app launcher up here in the top left-hand corner. Look for it while you're working in the various Office 365 apps to quickly switch between those apps.
- Logging in as an administrator
- Defining and adding users
- Uploading files to a team site
- Reading and sending email with the Outlook Web App
- Working with calendars and contacts in Outlook
- Editing a team site
- Adding files to OneDrive
- Connecting with newsfeeds, IM, LinkedIn, or a blog
Skill Level Beginner
Q: This course was updated on 07/14/2016. What changed?
A: We added one new chapter on the Planner task management feature, introduced in Office 365 in June 2016.
Q: This course was updated on 04/05/2017. What changed?
A: New videos were added that show how to get started as an end user, including how to install client apps, navigate from app to app, and set up your profile.