Learn how to use the Tell Me assistant to not only get help on how to perform a task you're not familiar with, but to actually perform that task without having to locate it from one of the ribbon tabs or the Quick Access Toolbar or via a keyboard shortcut.
- [Instructor] There's a really cool feature here in Microsoft Word I think everyone should know about. It'll come in handy for novices and experts alike. It's called the Tell Me assistant. We're going to explore it right now, and we're going to do it with our Tech Connect01 document we had opened earlier. You can go ahead and open this up again from the chapter one folder of your exercise files, or work with one of your own files. Let's say we wanted to make adjustments to the margins, we're not sure where to go. We could spend quite a bit of time going through the different tabs here on the ribbon until we find what we're looking for, maybe it's under design.
A faster way is to use the Tell Me assistant because it not only gives you help on the feature, but actually allows you to use the feature. Let's go over here to Tell me what you want to do. Notice Alt+Q is the keyboard shortcut. Click there, and all you have to do now is start typing. For example, type in the word margin. You can see, down below, adjust margins is the best match. And, a little further down we can get help on creating and adjusting margins.
But, when we go up here to adjust margins, it opens up this pop-up where we can actually change the margins from here. We see narrow is currently selected, half an inch all the way around, we could go to normal by clicking it. Or create custom margin by clicking that down at the very bottom. This opens up the dialog for page setup with the margins tab selected. We can go in here and start making those adjustments. Let's click cancel. In our search, we eventually would've arrived at the layout tab, where we do see margins, the drop down, and there are those exact same options that we just saw using the Tell Me assistant.
Including custom margins down below. Let's click in the background to close that up. Let's try another one. Maybe you wanna insert a chart somewhere in your document, you would simply go to that location and click, let's click anywhere down on page two, for example. And we could start searching for charts. Or go to the Tell Me assistant, clicking inside and typing in the word chart. You can see add a chart falls at the top under actions. And clicking this will open up the insert chart dialog where we could choose from different types of charts, select one that we want, clicking okay to insert it.
We're not gonna do that right now, so we'll close that up. That is the same as going to the insert tab, which we eventually would've found, selecting chart, and you can see it's the exact same dialog that opens. We'll click cancel. So, if you not only want help on a feature but want to use that feature, always remember the Tell Me assistant up here can take you directly to what you need to do faster than you can go searching though the various ribbons here in Microsoft word.
- Name the keyboard shortcut for the “Tell Me” assistant.
- Recall the keyboard shortcuts for copy and paste.
- Identify the tab containing the font menu.
- Recognize the tab that is used to change line spacing for an entire document.
- Apply the appropriate steps to create a bulleted list.
- Review bullet and numbering options to create a numbered list.
- Determine the proper way to adjust the positions of cell contents within a table.