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What's new in Microsoft Office 2016 (including Excel 2016 changes)
Part four of a five-part series of blogs

The latest incarnation of Microsoft Office (2016) should be released on 22nd September 2015 (Microsoft are always a bit ahead of themselves with versions). This blog gives a detailed guide to what's new, the biggest changes being in Excel and Outlook.

  1. The Wise Owl take on Microsoft Office 2016
  2. General changes for Microsoft Office 2016
  3. What's new in Excel 2016
  4. What's new in Outlook 2016 (this blog)
  5. What's new in Access, PowerPoint, Project, Visio and Word

Posted by Andy Brown on 07 September 2015

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What's new in Outlook 2016

Outlook has seen more changes than any other Microsoft Office application - this pages summarises the most important ones.


You can now see the files you've recently been editing when you add an attachment:


Since it's likely you'll be attaching a file you've just been editing, this has to be a good idea.


Received attachments each have their own drop down menu:

Attachment menu

Again, someone at Microsoft has obviously thought about this!


365 groups stored in OneDrive

If you have Office 365 Enterprise mailboxes enabled, there are a few new features in Outlook 2016.  You can find a good list of them all here.

Outlook 2016 also includes a Clutter folder, into which Outlook will move emails deemed low priority, but this is only available if you have an email account on an Exchange server.

Quick steps

Although I haven't found any mention of this on the Internet, I don't remember it being in Outlook 2013.  In addition to rules, you can create quick steps:

Creating a quick step

A few quick steps have already been created for you.

A quick step can consist of one or more instructions:

Permanent delete

Here we're creating a quick step to delete a message permanently.

You can assign short-cut keys and tooltips to quick steps:

Tool tip and shortcut key

Here pressing CTRL + SHIFT + 1 will run this quick step.

Of course, you can always run the quick step by clicking on it:

Running quick step

Irritatingly, the permanent deletion warning dialog box still appears though!



As the final part of this blog, I'll summarise changes specific to Access, PowerPoint, Visio and Word.  This won't take long!

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