Software Bytes Explained

The purpose of Software Bytes is to offer straightforward and informative step-by-step guides of Microsoft Office software/programmes.

This blog aims to help readers how to use Microsoft Office programmes with ease, whether they are novices, experienced or advanced users. Key functions and shortcuts will be covered which ensures that a variety of tasks can be completed much quicker than working through manually.

Objectives for Readers


Learn how to:

  • Add
  • Fill
  • Split
  • Transpose
  • Sort & filter
  • Create tables
  • Use drop-downs
  • Analyse data
  • Use charts and PivotTables.


Learn how to:

  • Write professionally
  • Count total words
  • Save a document later and access it elsewhere
  • Share and collaborate
  • Insert pictures from the internet to add more colour to your work
  • Format text to add more visuals
  • Use Heading styles
  • Use styling
  • Find and replace
  • Get tips on Word.


Learn how to:

  • Format slides and layout
  • Use text and tables
  • Add images & graphics
  • Present slideshows
  • Use animation, audio & video
  • Share and co-author.


Learn how to:

  • Setup and customise
  • Create and send e-mail
  • Manage e-mail
  • Organise your inbox
  • Manage contacts & tasks
  • Organise your calendar.


Learn how to:

  • Create and manage tables
  • Import and export data
  • Use queries
  • Create forms & reports
  • Use expressions
  • Use SQL Server Migration.


Learn how to:

  • Sign in to SharePoint Online
  • Create a team or communications site
  • Share and sync files


Learn how to:

  • Upload and save files and folders
  • Manage files and folders
  • Collaborate
  • Set up your mobile apps
  • Stay connected with OneDrive.


Learn how to:

  • Create a notebook
  • Take notes
  • Share and stay organised
  • Set up your mobile apps


Learn how to:

  • Sign in and get started with Teams
  • Chat and share files
  • Collaborate
  • Set up your mobile apps


Learn how to:

  • Connect and engage across your organisation.
  • Tap into the knowledge of others.
  • Use your Inbox to view, prioritise, and manage the most important messages and announcements.
  • Search for experts, conversations, and files.
  • Join groups to stay informed, connect with your community, and gather ideas.
  • Participate in conversations across your network and add insights.


Learn how to:

  • Organise complex ideas visually.
  • Get started with hundreds of templates, including flowcharts, timelines, floor plans, and more.
  • Add and connect shapes, text, and pictures to show relationships in your data.
  • Give diagrams a professional look with styles, effects, themes, and backgrounds.
  • Create dynamic diagrams and link to data from Excel, Access, or SharePoint.
  • Save diagrams to the cloud and share them with others through a browser, even with people who don’t have Visio installed.
  • View drawings on mobile devices.


Learn how to:

  • Plan and connect
  • Create and share lists
  • Add due dates and reminders
  • Set up your mobile apps


Learn how to:

  • Easily compile text, images, videos, and other content in an interactive online format.
  • Apply designer-created layouts and color schemes, or let Sway suggest design elements that match your content.
  • Search and import relevant content from other sources.
  • Share your completed Sways on the web.

Skype for Business

Learn how to:

  • Start conversations with IM, voice, or video calls.
  • See when your contacts are available online, in a meeting, or presenting.
  • Set industrial-strength security for meetings.
  • Broadcast online to a large audience.
  • Present your screen during meetings or give control to others.
  • Use Skype for Business in other Office programs to chat, call, or join a meeting with a click.


With Publisher on your PC, you can:

  • Lay out content for a print or online publication in a variety of pre-designed templates.
  • Create simple items like greeting cards and labels.
  • Create complex projects like yearbooks, catalogs, and professional email newsletters.


Learn how to:

  • Create a project
  • Build your project
  • Manage a project


With Planner on your PC, Mac, or mobile device:

  • Create new plans, assign tasks, and share files with others.
  • Organize teamwork and collaborate on projects in a simple, visual way.
  • Chat with others to make sure you’re on the same page.
  • Keep track of your team’s progress and stay on top of your work—from anywhere, on any device.


Learn how to:

  • Get started with Kaizala
  • Use Kaizala Actions
  • Use Kaizala Groups


Learn how to:

  • Create surveys, quizzes, and polls, and easily see results as they come in.
  • Invite others to respond to your form using any web browser, and even on mobile devices.
  • Use built-in analytics to evaluate responses as they’re submitted.
  • Export form data, such as quiz results, to Excel for additional analysis or grading.

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