We regularly mention the app launcher in our 365 Ninja posts–it’s where you’ll point to access most Office 365 apps and services, and you probably click on it multiple times a day as you move through your mail, calendar, and other tasks. But did you know you can move the tiles around on the app launcher, and even pin other applications to it?
Administrators can add apps to the My Apps page, which then allows any user to pin to the app launcher. You can view a demonstration of this in the video above, or the steps below.

To add a tile to the My Apps page so it can be pinned to the app launcher:

1.From the admin center, select Company Profile.
2.Choose Custom Tiles.
3.Click the + icon to open the Add or edit a custom tile window.
4.Enter a Name, URL, Description, and Image URL. The name will appear on the tile, and the description will be shown when you select the tile from the My apps page to pin to the launcher. The URL is the location where users will go when they select the tile. If you want to direct users to a SharePoint site, copy the URL here; the format may appear like https://.sharepoint.com. The Image URL, according to Microsoft, “The image should be 50×50 pixels, stored in SharePoint Online, and shared with everyone. You can, for example, put it in a library on your team site then generate an anonymous guest link and use that as the URL. If you can’t generate an anonymous link, make sure external sharing is enabled in SharePoint Online.”
5.Click Submit.

To pin a tile to the app launcher:

1.Select the app launcher and click the My apps link.
2.Choose the tile/app to add, and click the …
3.Click Pin to app launcher.

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Source: http://www.365ninja.com/custom-tiles-app-launcher-office-365/[/vc_column_text][/vc_column][/vc_row]


Record and play back a Skype for Business meeting

When you record a Skype for Business Meeting, you capture audio, video, instant messaging (IM), screen sharing, PowerPoint slides, whiteboard activity, and polling. Any of the presenters can record a meeting and save it on their computers.

Record your Skype meeting

1.Click the Options button, and choose Start Recording.

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If the recording option is dimmed, your audio might not be connected. Click the mic icon to connect audio, then try again.

2.Use the controls at the bottom of the meeting to pause, resume, or stop the recording.

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3.To see who else is recording, point to the red recording button.

4.When you’re done, click Stop Recording.

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5.Skype for Business automatically saves the recording in MP4 format that plays in Windows Media Player.

You can exit the meeting while the recording is being processed.

Play and share a recording

When your recording has been processed, you can access it to play or send to others. Skype for Business displays a message when the recording is ready. You can click the alert to open Recording Manager, or if you miss that, click Tools on the Skype for Business main window, then Recording Manager.

In the Recording Manager window:

1.Click your recording to highlight it, then click Play on the right side of the window.

2.You can also rename or delete your recording here.

3.To share your recording with others, click Browse to locate it, then copy the file to post on a shared location, such as OneDrive or an internal SharePoint site.

If you cannot post the recording, check to make sure you have enough space on the page.

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5 Things to Learn in Office 365 for Back to School

Whether you’re an eager student, a busy teacher, or an on-the-go parent, Office 365 has tools that can help make the transition back to school easier. Many children and adults have already begun their school years, but it’s still beneficial to take a few moments to brush up on some of these skills. Read on for tips with time management, presentation creation, and more.

Download and install the full versions of Office 2013 apps

If your version of Office 365 comes with full 2013 installation, you’ll definitely want to take advantage of it. Some plans come with up to five installs so you can use Word, PowerPoint, Excel and more across all your devices. While using Office Online is sufficient for many students, being able to use the familiar and full-featured 2013 versions of the Office suite applications can be beneficial.

Create to do lists in OneNote to manage your work

Creating checklists is a built-in capability of OneNote that you can use for all sorts of different things. Perhaps the most obvious use is a to do list, and in fact, the checkbox is actually called a To Do tag in OneNote. You can use this tag throughout a OneNote page; it doesn’t have to be used only in a line-by-line list format. For example, you may take lecture notes and use the To Do tag to flag and track pieces of information to follow up on.

Master the art of the PowerPoint

It can be challenging and intimidating to create a PowerPoint presentation that is informative, effective, and attractive. But you don’t need to be a graphic designer to create beautiful PowerPoint slides as long as you keep in mind a few key tips. You’re sure to encounter a situation where you need to create an effective presentation as the school year kicks into gear. Click the link above to visit our post containing a plethora of PPT pointers.

Get comfortable with Word collaboration

One of the most significant components of the evolution of the Microsoft Office Suite in recent history is the inclusion of collaboration and co-authoring in Word, PowerPoint, and Excel (Online versions, specifically). Working together in these programs is a large part of many academic projects. Check out the video above and the linked post for more on collaborating in Word Online for essays, lab reports, and more.

Back up your files in OneDrive for Business

If you’re using Office 365, you should be syncing your files with OneDrive for Business. Not only does it allow you to access and work on documents from anywhere, it’s also a backup method. Most of your files will be synced manually once the ODfB sync client is installed, but you can check out the video above to learn how to perform a manual sync if necessary, and navigate to find your OneDrive for Business files on a PC.


Start menu is unarguably one of the greatest and oldest trademarks of Windows. Microsoft tried to get rid of it in Windows 8, but had to bring it back after strong opposition from users. Now with Windows 10 company has innovated once again to make this oldie-goldy useful and important. And it worth be mentioned that company’s efforts haven’t gone waste. Start menu in Windows 10 is much more useful and customizable than it has ever been. Let’s try some easy customization tricks that can help us in tweaking the Start menu according to our own preferences:

1. Resizing the Menu

If you’re unhappy with your current Start menu size and wish it would’ve been a bit bigger (or perhaps smaller, depending on your taste) then you can simply resize it by holding your mouse pointer on the top edge of the menu and dragging it up or down. If you resize down, it’ll make the menu wider; if you resize up, it’ll shrink the width of the menu.

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2. Live Tiles Customization Options

As you know already, Windows 10 Start menu has got live tiles. And thankfully, Microsoft has provided a ton of ways to customize them. For example:
You can resize your tiles – just right-click it, hold your mouse pointer on the “Resize” option and then choose a size from the menu that’ll appear next to this option.

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If you wish, you can also turn off live updates for any of your tiles. Just right-click the tile and select “Turn live tile off” option.

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Finally, you can also pin or unpin tiles. Just right-click the tile and select “Pin to Start” or “Unpin from Start” option depending on what you want to do. If a tile that you want to pin is currently not displaying on the menu, then you can find it from All Apps view and then pin it from there. The same is true for items on the left hand side of the menu!

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Give a different color to your Start menu: Blue is the trademark color that Microsoft has been using proudly in most versions of Windows since the very beginning, but if you wish you can give the color of your choice to your Start menu. Just right-click on any empty space in the menu and select “Personalize.” This will bring a “Color and Appearance” dialog box before you from where you can select any awesome or awful color scheme that you like.

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Get Rid of Tiles Completely : Finally, if you don’t want those Live Tiles and want to get back to a Windows 7 styled simple Start menu then you can get that thing too! Just unpin all the items and resize down the menu until it looks classic!

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There may be even more ways of customizing the Start menu in the final release of Windows 10. These’re just a few quick-tricks that we tried on our Technical Preview. If we find any new ones, we’ll definitely let you know about them, so keep visiting us regularly!

Source: http://windowsable.com/quick-tips-and-tricks-to-customize-windows-10-start-menu/

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Word 2013 is packed with custom content possibilities, from brochures to newsletters to labels. One of these opportunities is a dynamic, fillable form, that designates fields for you or others to fill out. It’s easy to create one of these forms from Word’s online template gallery, and the video above shows you how.

To start, you’ll need to ensure the Developer tab is visible in your Ribbon:
1.From the File tab, click Options.
2.Select Customize Ribbon.
3.On the right-hand side, under Main Tabs, check the box next to Developer and the Developer tab will appear in the Ribbon.

Next, you need to download a form template.
1.From the File tab, click New.
2.In the Search online templates box, type the name of the form you want, or just type “form” to view your options.
3.Click the template that you want to use and select Create.

Now, you have a form that you can fill out or send. If you need to make edits to the form, select the Design Mode button from the Ribbon. Check out this support article for instructions on more advanced customizations you can add to your form.

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