Outlook: Generate a Link to a Calendar Event 📅

With growing numbers of virtual conferences last year, there is little wonder that iCalendar links are more popular than ever. The idea behind  these special files/links is to create a seamless experience for your end users to add an event to their calendar by simply clicking on a link.

GIF of someone clicking on link to generate calendar event

Perhaps you want to post a series of links on a conference webpage so attendees can easily sign up for sessions, or maybe you just enjoy the ease of emailing links to a large recipient list rather than sending individual invitations. Let’s explore how these work.

But first, thank you to my friend Carolyn for inspiring this Byte with this excellent question. 😊

About iCalendar Links

The word “iCalendar” might remind you of an application made by Apple, but this is actually something different. iCalendar is also a media file type that can transmit information about events; like date, time, and location. This file can be opened by others and be used to communicate scheduling information to a wide variety of calendar types; including Outlook, Google Calendar, Apple Calendar, Yahoo Calendar, and many others.

The steps lined out below will cover how to accomplish this with Outlook Desktop Applications.

1. Create a Meeting

  • Start by creating a New Meeting in your Outlook Calendar. Be sure you select New Meeting, not appointment.

New Meeting button in Outlook

  • Select the time and date as you would like it to appear on someone else’s calendar. Because you have selected Meeting, rather than appointment, this event will automatically adjust to the end user’s time zone.  Add any comments that you would like them to see, including Zoom links.

Meeting details completed in an Outlook invitation

  • Even though you have no recipients, you can click Send on this invitation; this will save it to your calendar without attendees.

2. Save the event in an iCalendar Format

On Outlook for Windows/PC

  • Double click on the newly created meeting in your calendar to open it back up. Go to the File tab

File tab

  • On the left menu, select Save As.

Save As button

  • Save to your desktop (or somewhere easy to find). Be sure that Outlook is saving this as an “ics” or iCalendar Format.

Save As screen, iCalendar format selected

  • The file will appear on your Desktop, or whichever save location you  selected in the previous step.

iCalendar event on desktop

On Outlook for Mac

This process is even simpler for Mac users.

  • Find the event on your calendar, and click and drag it to your desktop.

Apple Mac screen, click and drag event to desktop

  • For Mac users, the click and drag feature will create an .iCalendar file automatically.

iCalendar event on mac desktop

3. Upload the iCalendar Event

Now you just need a place to store this file. Your steps may vary from here, depending on the location where you are storing it. Treat this file like you would any other file you are uploading to share on a webpage, like a document or a download.

  • In my case I uploaded it to my WSU Omni webpage.

Omni Campus upload button…I did this just for the purposes of generating a link. From here, I could right click and copy the link for use in other locations, like web pages, or emails.

Copy link on right click menu

Note: You may also chose to store your iCal file in OneDrive, or SharePoint, or any other location where a public link can be generated to an uploaded file.

  • Incidentally, if you are a WSU employee and are interested in learning more about how to create Omni pages or upload documents, Media Resources has some very helpful trainings and information.

The End User Experience

In my example, I inserted the link to my iCalendar file into a conference webpage. Maybe you would choose to do this for each of the conference sessions…

GIF of user clicking on link which generates an Outlook event

When your end user clicks on this link, they will be prompted to open the file with their default mail program (most support iCalendar events).

Open File Prompt

This will open as a meeting to be accepted. Although your name will be on this event as the creator, you will not receive notification when they accept this meeting.

Event invitation with option to accept

The event will now appear on their calendar with all the details you created.

Calendar showing event added


What do you think about this trick? Do you think you will create iCalendar links for your events? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to drop me a line!

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Excel: Custom Dropdown Dashboard List with New FILTER Function 📊

Have you heard about the fantastic new Functions for Excel in 365? XLOOKUP, SORT, FILTER, UNIQUE, to name a few. Speaking of unique… a particularly unique case came up recently presenting the opportunity to create a dashboard of sorts using Excel’s new FILTER function. I had to share this with you, because this was a very cool setup. We ended up with a sleek custom list on one sheet that, prompted by dropdown selection, pulled data from the source into an array formula. Read on for more information…

Filter in action

Before you do, I want to thank Brittany for this question (along with her patience with several tests and fumbles) for inspiring this byte.

Download Workbook

Here is a copy of the workbook used throughout this writeup: FILTER Function Example Workbook

There are three sheets in this workbook:

  • Favorite Color: filters source list by favorite color
  • Interest: filters source list by interest: this one searches a list of values within the cells
  • Source Data

Source Data: The Background

Source data: list of students and information in Excel

This case involved a sheet of Source Data that contained student data: names, details, etc.

We needed to give end users the ability to isolate a list of student names by a specific student interests. A filter or slicer would not work in this case, as there were multiple potential values for “interest.” A student could list one, or several. We wanted to create a dashboard sheet with a dropdown list that would allow users to select an interest and generate a list of results.

I have also seen this sort of situation occur with exported Qualtrics survey results, if multiple responses are allowed. So if you are a Qualtrics fan, you will want to know about this!

Data Validation

Start with the dropdown selection that the unique list will reference:

  • Click into the cell where you would like the dropdown to appear. In our case, A2.
  • In the Data tab, select Data Validation

  • In the Data Validation popup, change Allow to List, and either list the items you would like to appear in the dropdown, or select cells that contain your list.
    • In this case, type the list out, separated by commas.
    • Be sure the spelling matches the source data. This will be important for the formula step.

List selected, source contains list seperated by commas

And voila, there is the dropdown list! On to creating formulas…

Dropdown list for favorite color

By the way, you can read about some more cool Data Validation tricks here: Dynamic Dependent Dropdown Lists.

Also, we talk about Data Validation in more detail Excel Advanced Formulas training, so I would love to see you in a session if you want to learn more about this feature.

=FILTER Function

The =FILTER Function is new with Office 365. This is an array formula, so it will fill into the cells to the right and below where you build the function.

As an introduction, start with the Favorite Color sheet, a more straightforward example.

  • The formula is built in C2. If you have the example file, click into C2, and take a look at the formula bar.
  • The anatomy of the  =FILTER Function is: =FILTER(Array,include,[ifempty])

=Filter function being built in C2, as described below

    • Array is the cells you want to return if the conditions are met. In this case, Columns A through E in the source data.

Source Data, Columns A through E selected as Array

    • Include is the filtering statement. Where would you like Excel to look, and what value is it looking for? In this case, the source data sheet, “Favorite Color” column should equal the value in A2, where Data Validation lives. For the example file it looks like this: “Source Data”!D:D=’FavoriteColor’!A2
        • Note: because the source data is in a table, the range is named “Favorite Color”, instead of being a column name.

Filter function, as described in text

    • The last step is the easiest. If empty: what value would you like to appear if there are no filter results? Perhaps “No Students Listed”, or even empty quote (“”) to leave blank.

Notice how, although we built the formula in C2, it extends into the cells beyond. The beauty of array formulas!

Favorite color selected, list has filtered

And thanks to Data Validation, adjusting the =FILTER formula will be easy.

GIF showing the filter in action

If you are interested in reading more about=FILTER, here is what Microsoft has to say: Microsoft’s Writeup about =FILTER.

Special Case: Search/Filter by Text that Contains a Value

I mentioned previously that there was an additional complication with our case, as the results appeared within a column, with multiple values listed for “interest.” So a simple filter would not have yielded results…

Interests as lists within cells

One excellent source for Excel dilemmas like this is the site ExcelJet. They had an excellent solution to this quandary that I will explain more below, but here is their article: Source: ExcelJet


Their solution was to nest =ISNUMBER and =SEARCH into the =FILTER function. They explain in fantastic detail in their article above, but this combination of functions will effectively ask Excel to search if a value exists in the contents of the cell at all, even with other values present in the list, as in our case.

Here is the formula for our situation, built in C2 of the Interest sheet.

=FILTER(‘Source Data’!A:E,ISNUMBER(SEARCH(Interest!A2,’Source Data’!E:E)),”No Students Listed”)

=FILTER formula, as described in text

The generic formula is:


See the Interest tab in the Workbook Download above to see this formula live and in person.

Filter in action

Contending with Zeros

If you have worked with array formulas before, you may have noticed that, when there are no results, a “0” is returned. For instance, if the address cell is blank in the source data, it will look like this in the =FILTER result:

0 in address column

You can employ a custom number format here if you would like the 0s to display blank.

1. Select the entire column.

2. Under Number formats –> More number formats, select Custom

3.  Under Type, insert this code: 0;-0;;@

More number formats menu, custom selected, code listed below inserted

Much better!

0 is now blank space


What do you think about this trick? Do you think you will find a use for this combination of features and the new =FILTER function? I would love to hear from you. Feel free to drop me a line!

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PowerPoint: Presenter Coach (📢New Feature)

Do you ever wish you could obtain some objective feedback on a presentation before the big day? PowerPoint’s new Presenter Coach feature might not be exactly like rehearsing with a real live human… but, incorporating Microsoft’s increasingly impressive AI features, it is quite possibly the next best thing. Let’s take a look.

Prompt" Try speaking a little faster

Presenter Coach

The Presenter Coach is currently only available for people using Office 365 (both Windows and Mac versions).

To Rehearse with Coach, visit the Slide Show tab, left of center, in a new group called Rehearse.

Slide Show tab, Rehearse with coach

When you select this button, you will be taken to a presentation view, with an option at the lower right to Start Rehearsing. Here you can also toggle on or off real-time feedback.

Start rehearsing button with show real time feedback box checked

Real Time Feedback

In an endeavor to show you a wide variety of real time feedback prompts, I provoked my coach with a plethora of bothersome speaking tendencies.

The coach warned me when:

  • I was speaking too quietly…

Prompt: "too quiet"

  • I was using too many filler words…

Prompt: "Try to not use too many fillers like 'umm'."

  • I was speaking too slowly…

Prompt: "Try speaking a little faster."

  • Or too quickly…

Prompt: "try speaking a bit slower."


You can rehearse as long as you would like: you don’t have to rehearse our entire presentation; maybe you only want to examine a portion of your presentation.

When you escape out of presentation mode, you will be taken to a Rehearsal Report.Rehearsal Report, as described in text below

This report will tell you information like:

    • Total time and number of slides
    • Your use of fillers
    • Your use of sensitive phrases
    • Average words per minute
    • A graph with the average pace of speech
    • Originality,” or how much you added to the text printed on the slide

You also might be revisited by information that the coach prompted you with during your rehearsal, like my overusing of filler words, below.

Rehearsal report: zoomed in on notice that too many fillers were used.

If you are interested, here is a more all encompassing list from Microsoft on what the Presenter Coach is analyzing:

Suggestions from Presenter Coach


I can’t wait to hear what you all think of this new feature! Drop me a line, and let me know what you think.

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Excel: Dynamic Dependent Dropdown Lists

In Advanced Excel training, you learned about creating dropdown lists using Data Validation. That was pretty handy on its own… but what if you would like to create a dynamic dependent dropdown list?

For example, below I would like to select a Dessert Type in Column A, and have only those specific desserts appear in my secondary list in Column B.

Two sets of dropdown lists

This can be an incredibly useful tool; imagine lists of cities by state, or students by class, and so on. Lets see how we can set up this slightly more complicated Data Validation.

Exercise File

Interested in following along? Use the exercise file below.


Primary List

When you attended Excel: Advanced Formulas with me, you learned all about Data Validation. The first part of this setup will feel just like what we did in training.

1. Select all of Column A.

2. In the Data tab, select Data Validation.

Data tab, data validation

3. In the popup:

      • Under Allow, select List. 
      • Click into the Source box
      • Select the cells with the dessert types: E1 through J1. Click OK.

All the cells in column A now have a dropdown list of dessert types.

Desert Type dropdown

Dependent Dropdowns

So far, this is nothing new… but remember that your goal was to create a dependent dropdown list: i.e. when someone selects “Cake” as a Dessert Type,  you would like only the cake options to appear, and so on.

Named Ranges

1.  Select the entire range that contains the lists: E1 through J12.

    • Notice how Cake has more options than any other type: we will address that later, but for now, cast as wide a net as possible to include all the desserts.

Lists selected, as described

2. In the Formulas tab, Defined Names group, select Create from Selection.

Formulas tab, create from selection

3. Check Top Row and click OK.

Top row selected

This is going to create named lists based on that top row. Which could have a variety of uses… one will be what we will do next.

Apply Data Validation

For Column B, similar to the first step, you want to again apply some Data Validation, but this time, the options you want to appear need to be based off of what users select in Column A.

1. Select all of Column B.

2. Revisit Data Validation: go to the Data tab and select Data Validation.

Data tab, data validation

3. Change Allow dropdown to a List, just like in the first Data Validation

4. For Source, instead of selecting cells, insert the formula =INDIRECT(A1).

    • This is going to reference cell B1 to look at A1, and through the magic of Relative References (also discussed in Advanced Formulas training), each subsequent row will reference the cell to the left of it to access those named lists you established in the “Named Ranges” step.

Data Validation screen, as describe in text

5. If you receive an error message that the Source “evaluates to an error,” click Yes.

    • Don’t worry, this error is not an issue; the formula is currently evaluating blank cells in Column A and doesn’t know what they reference.

Error message

The fun part: try it out!  Select a Dessert type in column A, and look at the customized options that appear.

Secondary dropdown list working in Excel file

We still have work to do, though. Remember how we have lists of different lengths? This is especially apparent when you pick a shorter listed dessert type, like Confections.

This leads to some trailing blank spaces in those named range lists. We will get rid of these blank spaces in the next step.

Another secondary dropdown, showing blanks

By the way, if it looks like you can’t see all your options in that secondary list, there is a slider bar on the right… At this stage, you might have to scroll up on some of the shorter lists. Again, we will fix that shortly.

Dropdown list slider

Remove Blanks

You might remember this trick from a previous Byte, which covers how to Remove Blank Rows in a Document:

Excel: Remove All Blank Rows in a Document

In this case, we are going to remove a few blank spaces with the goal of cleaning up those dependent dropdown lists that contain blanks.

1. Select the range of cells surrounding your lists.

Lists selected, as described

2. In the Home tab, find the Find and Select dropdown and select Go To Special

Find and Select dropdown, go to special highlighted

3. Select Blanks and click OK.Blanks radio button selected

4. Right click over the selected blanks and click Delete. Right click menu, delete highlighted

5. Select Shift cells up and click OK.

Shift cells up selected

That takes care of the rogue blanks in the dropdowns in Column B. Much better!

Secondary list displayed, blanks no longer appear

Cleaning up the Header Row

This is optional, but if it bothers you that your header (in this case cells A1 and B1) both contain unnecessary dropdowns with Data Validation, you can remove those as a last step.

  1. Select Cells A1 and B1
  2. Go to Data tab, Data Validation.
  3. Select Clear All in the lower left, and click OK.

Data Validation Screen

One More Thought

In real life, you would likely set this up with your source lists on a separate, hidden sheet. That would look much cleaner than having all the lists in view, like we did here. But for the simplification of this example, I included them all on one sheet here.


What do you think, will you use dependent dropdown lists in your workbooks? I would love to hear from you!

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Teams: Breakout Rooms

Breakout Rooms in Teams: I know so many of you have been awaiting the addition of this feature before you were comfortable moving classes and meetings from Zoom to Teams.

Now that Teams Breakout Rooms have launched (hooray!), lets take a look at how they work…

Breakout rooms icon in the menu

Creating Breakout Rooms

You will need to start your meeting in order to access the Breakout Rooms feature. At this time, you cannot set up rooms in advance of the meeting.

In your meeting, you will find a button for Breakout Rooms in the upper right menu of your Teams meeting, represented by two squares.

Breakout rooms icon in the menu

The Breakout Rooms button will toggle out a menu on the right side of your Teams Meeting screen.

In this screen you can control:

A. The number of rooms
B. Assignment of members: automatic vs manual assignment
C. When finished press Create Rooms.

Note: Unlike Zoom, clicking Create Rooms will not move your participants. There will be an additional step.

Create breakout rooms prompt with room settings

Once you create your rooms, a side panel will appear showing the rooms that have not yet been opened. There are a few additional options you can set before you open the rooms.

Breakout rooms screen

Options and Settings

In the upper right of the Breakout Room screen is an ellipses (…). Click on this to access Rooms Settings.

Ellipses options, "rooms settings"

Here you can control:

  • Whether participants will move automatically to rooms when you open them (this defaults to being on).
  • Whether participants can return to the main meeting on their own (this defaults to being off).

Settins: Automatically move participants, and option to allow them to return to the main meeting

Start Rooms

Once your Breakout Rooms are set up and you are ready to move participants, click Start Rooms.

Note: Unlike Zoom, it can take some time, around 30 seconds or so, for attendees to be moved into their rooms.

Start rooms prompt

After the rooms have been started, you can join your attendees in specific rooms by clicking on the ellipses next to each room and selecting Join Room.

Ellipses next to room: join room option

Returning Participants to the Main Room

In the Breakout Rooms menu, where you opened the rooms, will be a new option to Close Rooms. This will return all the participants to the main meeting.

Close rooms button

If you had toggled on the ability for attendees to return to the main meeting on their own, they will have a new option in their Meeting menu:

  • In addition to a Leave button will be a Return button.
  • Be sure they know to click Return if they would like to come back to the main meeting. If they click Leave, they will leave the entire meeting.

Return button added to attendees' breakout rooms

Want to know more?

This post just scratches the surface of breakout rooms. If you would like to see more details and options, take a look at this helpful writeup from Microsoft: Use Breakout Rooms in Teams Meetings


What do you think, will you use Breakout Rooms in Teams? Or maybe you have used them already? I would love to hear how the feature is working for you!

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Teams: Polls During a Teams Meeting

Happy New Year, friends! Here is something to celebrate: the ability to launch Polls during a Teams Meeting.  What a fantastic way to add interactive elements to your virtual Meetings! Incidentally, you may have explored the Polls feature in Zoom; the Teams Polls are a very similar concept (but even cooler in my opinion, though of course I am biased). Let’s check it out.

Polls in a meeting

1. Create a Meeting

Start by Creating a Teams meeting however you are comfortable; either by utilizing the Calendar app in Teams, or via the Teams plugin in Outlook. Send this invitation as usual.

Important: You must invite at least one person to this meeting. Otherwise, it is just an event on your calendar, and won’t be treated the same way in Teams.

Meeting with one attendee invited

2. Add Forms to the Meeting

After you have sent the meeting invitation, find your meeting in the Calendar app in Teams. Click on the event, and select Edit.

Edit button in calendar app

In the upper right of your meeting, click on the + sign…

plus sign at top of meeting

Select Forms. This will add a new Polls tab to the top of your meeting’s Edit screen, along with the ability to use Forms to create polls to your meeting.

Forms app in tab list

You may be prompted through some tours about how to use Forms, particularly if this is your first time utilizing this feature.

3. Create Polls

Once you have added Forms to your meeting, you will be prompted to Create New Poll.

Create new poll button

This is very similar to the Forms polls we talk about in Teams Essentials, for use within your Teams (app) posts… though notice you have a few options at the bottom regarding anonymity, sharing results, and whether you would like to allow cohosts to control the polls as well.

Poll created in forms

You can create multiple polls if you would like. They will all be listed in your new Polls tab in the Edit view of your meeting.

List of polls created

4. Launch Polls

It’s time for your meeting! During the meeting, you will notice a new Forms button in the toolbar at the upper right.

Forms button

Click on this button to pop out a side menu with the polls you created prior to the meeting. Each of these can be Launched via a button at the bottom of the poll question.

Polls in a meeting

When you launch the poll, attendees will see voting options in the center of their screen:

Poll launched, options visible

… followed by the results of the poll:

Poll results

If you would like to add additional polls, there is also an option to Create New at the top of the polls list.

Create new button in polls meeting view

After each poll, toggle the menu underneath the question and close, export results, or delete the poll.

View options dropdown

Accessing Results

After your meeting, return to the Edit view in the Calendar app to access the Polls tab. Here you can view or export results.

Meeting edit view, results in polls tab

If your polls were not anonymous, the exported results will show the names and votes of participants.

Results in excel file

Adding Forms During a Meeting

What if you have already joined your meeting, and realize you would like to utilize Forms to take a Poll? No problem.

Now that your Teams Meetings launch in a new window, leaving the rest of your Teams app free, you can easily minimize your meeting window to access the Calendar app in Teams. Then follow the exact same process to edit the meeting and add a Forms tab. Forms/Polls will become immediately available in your meeting.


What do you think? Do you think you will start using  polls during your Teams meetings? I would love to hear what you think and how you use this feature!

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OneNote/Teams: Collaboration Inspiration

Don’t worry, this is not a missing episode of Schoolhouse Rock… but it is almost as fun. I wanted to share with you some collaboration inspiration utilizing OneNote in Teams. These examples are by no means the only ways to collaborate, but this may incorporate something new you hadn’t thought of. These tips would be great for a Team used for a class, or for coworker collaboration. Let’s check it out.

Collaboration tools using markup and typing in OneNote

The Scenario

The particular scenario I am going to outline here is a faculty member utilizing some collaboration tools in Teams and OneNote with the goal of student engagement.

1. Use the Desktop Version of OneNote (even for Teams Notebooks)

Unlike the Teams view of OneNote, the full desktop application of OneNote gives you maximum capabilities with the program, including some of the features we are going to look at next. Additionally, many people tell me that they prefer the desktop version.

The good news is, you can open a Team notebook in OneNote desktop application. Here is how.

  1. If you are using the Class Team type, or one of the other Team types that incorporates the customized OneNote, be sure that you are in the Collaboration space. This means that people who are not owners of your Team will be able to edit.
    • Want to learn more about Team Types? We talk about these in Teams Advanced training. Visit myTraining for times.
  2. Create a new Section for the presentations/content.
  3. In the Open in Browser dropdown, select Open in Desktop App.

Open in Desktop App

2. Insert Your File as a File Printout

This example is assuming a faculty member has a PowerPoint they are wanting to work from, but you could also insert a Word file, Exel file, or image. Once you are safely in the Desktop version of OneNote:

  1. Visit the Insert tab.
  2. Select File Printout.

Insert tab, file printout button

3. Browse for your file.

This will not only insert an attachment version of your file, but also a “printout” view of the presentation.

PowerPoint inserted as a printout in a OneNote

You may even like to try out Insert as Printout for other OneNote uses, beyond collaboration. Inserting as a printout works with Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

3. Set Picture as Background

The goal is to allow students to draw on top of this PowerPoint, so this next step will allow them to do so, turning the file into a stagnant image in the notebook.

1. Make sure you are still in the desktop application of OneNote:

2. Right click on the image/presentation and select Set Picture as Background.

Right click menu, set picture as background selected

4. Return to Teams, OneNote

When you return to your OneNote view in Teams, you may have to refresh (button in upper right) to see the changes.


Troubleshooting trick

Sometimes when you bounce back and forth from the OneNote desktop app and the OneNote tab in Teams , you will try every which way to Sunday to get the notebook to update, and it simply won’t do it. This has worked for me every time this happens:

      • In the Teams OneNote, create a new page. That’s it. You will delete this page in a couple seconds, but in those seconds, all your changes from the desktop application will suddenly appear.
      • Don’t ask me why this works when the sync button doesn’t. It’s a mystery.

5. Collaborate (the fun part!)

It’s time for your class, meeting, or presentation! Let’s see what your collaborators can do from here…

Remember, you inserted this PowerPoint as an image, so students/members can’t change the text on this image. However, they can interact with it as the background.

Idea 1: Type Questions/Comments

Have people to type questions or comments out to the side of the presentation, maybe as you are presenting, maybe seperately.

Commet written to the side of PowerPoint

It is so intuitive in OneNote, since they will be able to pretty much click and type wherever they would like.

Who wrote that?

Want to know which comment belonged to whom? No problem.

    • In the View tab, select Show Authors.

View tab, Show Authors

    • Author names will appear next to each comment.

Author of comment shown

Idea 2: Draw/Play

Your collaborators will also have access to draw on top of your PowerPoint images. They may need an introduction to how to access this feature (just grab this screenshot below to use in your classes if you’d like).

All the tools they will need for drawing are on the Draw tab in their class notebook. From here they can select different colors, highlighters and more.

Draw tab

Here is an example from a fake history class (don’t judge me, this was my worst subject). Maybe the professor would like to keep the students interacting during a presentation by putting a check mark next to their choice… More on this in a minute.

Markup incorporated into presentation

Side note: these Draw tools can be a life saver in remote math classes. Often it is simpler to write out an equation than to search for symbols.

Idea 3: Icebreakers

The Draw tools are also great for icebreakers. Here are a couple examples:

Ice breaker: markup next to images: place to add comments

  • Use the Draw tools to have attendees select a meme/idea/choice.
  • Use the typing tools to have them select a line to add comments
    • If you go this route, it can help to add bullet points for them to select a space to type, since collaborative writing can get crowded!

Bonus: Searching Content: OneNote’s OCR

OneNote (in all its forms) supports Optical Character Recognition. This means that your text will be recognizable on any images/PowerPoints that you insert.

This also means that people will be able to utilize the search (A) to search sections or pages (B), and OneNote will find that text, even if it is the text of an image or PowerPoint (C).

Search, as outlined in text


I can’t wait to hear back from you all about this one. If you use some of these collaboration tricks, I would love to hear how it goes! Or, if you have more ideas, I would also love to hear from you.

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What is Microsoft Stream, and how does it integrate with Teams? (plus Video!)

Have you ever recorded a meeting in Teams? Did you notice some mysterious language about something called Microsoft Stream? I’ve got you covered. Today we are going to demystify Microsoft Stream, and how it integrates with Microsoft Teams.

Channel appearing as a tab in Teams

Before we get started… big thanks to both Gisuk and Anita who inspired this byte with their excellent questions about Microsoft Stream.


Here is a video to walk you through the process. Additionally, I have written instructions below with screenshots.  I would love to hear from you to know if you would like to see more videos, or if you prefer to read written instructions (or if you like both!)

Meeting Recordings

In Teams Essentials training, we talk about how it is possible to record a meeting.

As a refresher, you can access this ability in a meeting by clicking on the ellipses (…) and selecting Start Recording.

Start recording in dropdown

After your meeting is over, you, and everyone who attended your meeting, can access this recording in the meeting chat.

Chat, meeting recording visible

But a lot of you are curious about this… where is this recording saved? Why do you see reference to something called Microsoft Stream when you record videos? These are great questions.

Meeting recordings live in the Stream account of whomever recorded the meeting. By default, the people who were invited to the meeting are granted access to this recording.

One quick way to access the recording in Stream, is to click on the ellipses (…) next to the recording, and select Open in Microsoft Stream.

Ellipses, open in Microsoft Stream

You can also access Stream via O365 online. Let’s look at that method below, and then we can dive into Stream navigation.

Accessing Stream via O365

In addition to clicking on the Open in Microsoft Stream option above, you can also access Stream by visiting Office 365 Online.

  1. In a new browser window, type into your address bar: o365.wichita.edu. You can also access Office 365 via the link at the upper right of myWSU.

Login screen

  • Sign in information is always your myWSUID@wichita.edu
  • Password is your myWSUID password
  • You may be asked to authenticate with Duo

2. When you are logged in, click on the App Launcher at the upper left. Select All Apps to see a full list of options.

App Launcher

3. Select Stream.Stream in App list

Video Options

Once you have logged into Stream, in the upper left, you will see a ribbon of options.

  1. Click on the dropdown next to My Content. Select Videos.

My Content, Videos

2. Here are where all your saved meeting recordings live. VIdeo List

To the right of each video are a series of options.

Click on the ellipses (…) to:

  • Share: generate a link; people will be prompted to log in to view
  • Trim your video, or
  • Download the videoEllipses, options

Click on the pencil to access video details.

Edit VIdeo Screen

In here, you can:

  • Rename the video
  • Grant additional permissions (note that whoever attended the meeting has access by default).
  • Choose a thumbnail image
  • Make the video public:
    • Note: Meetings default to private, but you may have to double check this privacy setting when uploading your own videos to Stream
  • And more…

Channel Options

In addition to sharing individual Stream videos, you may find that you need to share a group of videos with your Team. This is where creating a Channel will come in handy.

  1. While you are logged into Stream in O365, in the ribbon, Select My Content, and Channels.

My Content dropdwon, Channels

2. Select Create a New Channel.

3. In the popup, give your channel a name and a description. Next to Select group, type in the name of your Team. Press the spyglass to find your Team. In this screen, Team and Group are the same thing.

Create a Channel Screen

Note: if your Team is brand new, it may take some time to appear in Stream as a group option.

Add videos to your channel

To add videos to your channel, look at the options to the right of your videos, click  on the square with a + sign (see below).

Add to channel button

  1. In the popup that appears, select Channels from the dropdown.

Dropdown, select channel

2. Search for your channel and select it from the list.

Search for channel name

You can add any video from your Stream to your channel by following this process.

Channel Sharing Options

One more thing before we leave Stream and return to Teams. When you are in Channel view, notice the ellipses (…) next to the channel name. Click on this to see the Share option.

Ellipses, share

Just like when you generate a link for an individual video via share, you can also generate a link for an entire channel. Click copy to grab this link for use in the next step.

link with copy button

Creating a Stream Tab in Teams

Let’s return back to Teams for a bit. You have seen how you can generate a link with either a video or a channel. And you could share these links as… well… links. But this would require people to log in with their WSU accounts every time they want to access the videos. Here is a cool thing you can do in your Team itself.

  1. Go to the Teams module and select your Team. Create a tab with the + sign at the upper right.

+ sign to create tab

2. Select Stream.Stream Icon

4. Paste in the link for your channel. Press Save.   Link pasted, press save

Now your Team can access any videos you put into this channel by simply accessing this tab in Teams. So cool!

Channel appearing as a tab in Teams

As you add more videos to this channel, this will populate automatically.


What do you think, will you set up a Stream tab in Teams for your Team? I would love to hear from you!

Congratulations, Power Users!

Congratulations to our newest Power Users! For the full gallery, and more information about the WSU Microsoft Office Power User Program, please visit: wichita.edu/poweruser

  • Carolyn (Kay) Officer



Word: 5 Things You Should Know About Hyperlinks

Have you ever created a hyperlink in a Word document? For the most part, this is a fairly straightforward process. That said, there are a few hidden gems in the hyperlink options that you may not have explored. Let’s check it out.

Place in This Document tab

Applying a Link

A quick review: to create a hyperlink in a Microsoft Office program, start by selecting the word(s) where you would like to apply the link, and then either…

Right click and select Link (or Hyperlink):

Right click menu, link selected

… or remember that one of my favorite shortcuts for accessing this hyperlink popup is Ctrl + K. This shortcut works in a wide variety of programs, so it is worth memorizing!

You will arrive at this familiar screen…

Text selected: Insert Hyperlink menu displayed

It is this Insert Hyperlink popup screen that I would like to explore with you today.

1. File or Webpage

In the Insert Hyperlink screen, the most common goal is to link to a webpage, so conveniently that is the default view.


To link to a webpage, paste the webpage address into the Address field and click OK.

Web address pasted into menu bar


A lesser known option in this default view is the ability to link your words to a file.

Note that, in the box above where you paste your hyperlink, you can instead select folders and files from your list and the address will populate  a location of the file.

Link to file locations

After you create this type of link, clicking on the link will open the file you selected. How cool!

Be cautious with this option. If your goal is to send this document to others, the link may not behave correctly if they don’t have access to the file location.

2. Place in this Document

On the left side of the Insert Hyperlink page, notice that there are additional tabs. Here you have options beyond a simple web address or file location.

The first one I want to show you is my favorite: Place in This Document. There is so much you can do with this powerful tool.

Place in This Document tab

Glancing at this tab doesn’t always tell you what you need to know, however. Here are the basics:

Location Options

You have several choices for linking to a Place in This Document.

Top of the Document

One option you will always have is a Top of Document option.

Place in this Document OptionsThis is very handy for “Back to Top” links for ease of navigation in long documents.

Back to Top link


Another wonderful way to navigate is by utilizing Styles. If you would like to learn more about Styles, I hope to see you at a Word Essentials training, where we cover Styles in great detail!

Styles in the Home Tab

If you would like to utilize Styles to link to a location in your document:

1. Use Styles to apply Headings to your document.

2. Revisit your Insert Hyperlink options

3. Look under the  Headings section of the Place in This Document tab.

Headings with Headers applied to a couple sections

This is extremely helpful if you are referencing different locations within a large file and would like your readers to be able to easily skip ahead or back to specific sections.

Section 2 link created from Headers

One caveat… sometimes if you have heavily modified a header (also discussed in Word Essentials), you may find that it does not appear in the Headings list. This is where the next trick comes in handy…


In addition to utilizing Headers, you can bookmark any location within your document and link back to this location with a hyperlink.

1. Place your cursor where you would like to insert the bookmark.

2. Go to the Insert tab, Links group, and select Bookmark.

Insert tab, bookmark

3. In the popup that appears, name your bookmark (no spaces may be used), and press Add.

Bookmark popup screen

4. Revisit the Insert Hyperlink popup and select the bookmark from the Bookmarks section to create a link to the location.

Bookmarks in Insert Hyperlink popup

3. Create New Document

The next option on the left is Create New Document.

Create New Document Prompt

If you select this option, the link will create a New Word file in your Documents Folder. You have further choices to name this document, and choose whether the link will prompt you to edit the document now or later.

Note: As with the File example, people would need access to the path (save location) for this link to work.

4. Generate an Email

Email Address is the last tab on the left side of the Insert Hyperlink popup. Select this option and enter an email address and subject line.

Email Address tab with email address and subject line created

When you create a link with this setting, clicking on the link will open Outlook, or the user’s default mail program, and create a new email to the specified address, with the specified subject line.

Email created in Outlook

5. Target Frame Options

We have talked in detail about the tabs on the left of the Insert Hyperlink popup, but there is one item on the right that I want to mention: Target Frame. In other words, how would you like your link to behave as it opens?

Target frame on right side of Insert Hyperlink screen

This option is something you will likely care more about if your end goal is to publish this document online somewhere; exporting it as html or PDF, or utilizing cloud services to publish and share a document to be opened in browser.

The most common selection I see people utilize in this screen is New Window, for when you want the original document to remain on its own tab when your readers click on the link, while the linked content will open in a new browser tab.

Frame options


What do you think, does this open up some new possibilities for utilizing hyperlinks in your document? I would love to hear from you!

Congratulations, Power Users!

Congratulations to our newest Power Users! For the full gallery, and more information about the WSU Microsoft Office Power User Program, please visit: wichita.edu/poweruser

  • David Gomez
  • LaDawna Hobkirk
  • Judi McBroom
  • Amy Smith
  • Brittany Ulmer
  • Carrie Wyatt

Teams: New Meeting Experience

If you have attended Teams Essentials training, you may remember when we talked about where to visit to see the latest updates in Teams. This software is evolving so quickly, many of you notice new features every time you log in! Here is one I didn’t want you to miss: the New Meeting Experience.

Dropdown options, different views, as described

The Old Meeting Experience

If you have already been meeting in Teams, you are used to a view that looks something like the image below.

Features and controls can be accessed by hovering your mouse in the center of the Teams screen and selecting from a menu that appears in the center.

Old layout

Also, perhaps somewhat frustratingly, the old meeting view opens up within your Teams program. Navigating within Teams during the meeting shrinks down the meeting view to a small square in the corner of the Teams screen. Many were not crazy about this tiny screen.

The New Meeting Experience

There is a lot to be excited  about with this new meeting view. Here is a run down:

Popped Out View

Perhaps what I am most excited about is the new meeting view is a popped out view! Yes, meetings are in a new screen entirely. This leaves the rest of your Teams application free for easy navigation, while still maximizing the size of your meeting screen.

Popped out view

Menu Changes

The Menu has moved from the center to the upper right, where you will find all your favorite options from the old meeting view…

Menu in upper right

…plus some new ways to view participants, like large gallery and together view (greyed out here, but will activate with participants):

Dropdown options, different views, as described

End Meeting

If you are the creator of a meeting, you now have the ability to either leave your meeting or end the meeting for everyone. This will prevent people from staying after you have left the meeting. Several faculty have wanted to know about this one for classes held in Teams!

Leave and end meeting options

How to Activate the New Meeting Experience

Do you want to try out this new meeting experience? First, be sure you are in the desktop application of Teams (not in browser).

1. Click on your bio pic or initials at the upper right of the screen. Select Settings.

Upper right, click on initials, select Settings

2. Stay on the general section, and scroll down until you see a series of checkboxes. Check the box next to “Turn on new meeting experience…”

Scroll down to option to turn on new meeting experience, check box

3. Restart Teams. This means completely quitting the program, which you may not do very often. To do this, right click on the Teams icon at the bottom of your screen and select Quit.

Right click on Teams icon and select Quit

4. Reopen Teams and enjoy your new meeting experience. Maybe even have a test meeting or two…


Are you going to try out this new meeting view? I would love to hear what you think. I would also love to see you at Teams Essentials training!  Please check myTraining for a list of times. All sessions are currently being held remotely.

Congratulations, Power Users!

Congratulations to our newest Power Users! For the full gallery, and more information about the WSU Microsoft Office Power User Program, please visit: wichita.edu/poweruser

  • Candace Bolinger
  • Ashley Cervantes
  • Kyle Garwood
  • Jennifer Snyder
  • Andrea Wilson