How to Use Office 2016’s “Tell Me” Help Feature

By Wallace Wang

For a fast way to find the commands you need, Office 2016 displays a “Tell me what you want to do. . .” text box in the middle top of the window, as shown here.

The “Tell me what you want to do…” text box.

The Office 2016 Help window can show you what steps to take, but you still need to find the right commands to use, which is where “Tell me. . .” comes in.

To use this “Tell me what you want to do…” text box, follow these steps:

  1. Click in the “Tell me what you want to do. . .” text box.

  2. Type an action you want to do such as Print, Save, or Hyperlink.

    A menu appears that lists different commands, as shown here.

    Typing in the “Tell me what you want to do. . .” text box displays a menu of commands to select.
  3. Click a menu command.

    Office 2016 immediately runs your chosen command.

By typing in the “Tell me what you want to do. . .” text box, you can quickly jump to the command you need without wasting time trying to find it buried in the Office 2016 user interface.