A recent tweet and LinkedIn post attracted a lot of attention, due to the lunch timer running in the background. As a result I promised a blog post on how I built is, so here it is. This is what we are aiming for, this is the timer used in the original tweet running in … Continue reading Creating Custom Timers
There are two ways of displaying in text format what is said during a Microsoft Teams Meeting; Live Captions and Transcript. Live captions are shown on screen (usually at the bottom of the meeting screen) and disappear as new captions are generated. Live captions are visible only to users who switch them on. Live Captions can … Continue reading Meeting Transcription in Microsoft Teams
Apart from creating my own backgrounds in PowerPoint which I covered in an earlier post, these are my personal favourite sources for background images for virtual meetings. Ikea https://backgroundsbyikea.com/ Microsoft https://adoption.microsoft.com/microsoft-teams/custom-backgrounds-gallery/https://techcommunity.microsoft.com/t5/outlook-blog/online-meeting-backgrounds-outlook-exchange-amp-bookings/ba-p/1688841 https://education.microsoft.com/en-us/resource/6eb1ef79 Warner Bros https://www.warnerbros.com/news/articles/2020/07/08/virtual-backgrounds-microsoft-teams-calls
Lots of people don’t create the meeting invites for the meetings they run in this blog I will lay out what the issues are and then consider ways to avoid these when acting as a scheduler.
Teams meeting options are how you can control who can do what in your meeting. In the Education sphere this control is essential but they are also very useful in many other scenarios.
Viva Topics set up experience with screenshots
With the launch of breakout rooms for adhoc and scheduled Team meetings, many people are celebrating and it is a much requested feature, but how does it work. Microsoft have released a couple of great articles so I’m not going to reinvent the wheel and write a full guide myself, but I would like to share my early observations.
With Teams meeting recordings moving to OneDrive and SharePoint from Stream users and admins need to understand what this change means. It’s not just the location a recording is stored that is changing but also who can records and the sharing options once the recording is done.
Did you want to check your camera and background before a Teams meeting and ended up trying to join a meeting early to do so, or worse joining a meeting late as you needed to adjust your settings and it took too long, or worst still what about joining a meeting and bringing up a … Continue reading Check your Camera before a Teams Meeting
Do you ever get a message telling you you can't change the meeting options for a meeting you set up? It's probably due to what you were doing the last time you used the Teams web app (aka Teams in your web browser). These messages changed a little while ago to show you who is … Continue reading Solving Problems with Meeting Options in Teams
So this blog is a bit of a departure for me and results from (virtual) conversations with friends and family. As I write on Nov 1st 2020, England is about to go into a new lockdown (whatever, it's officially called) and "non-essential" shops are required to close but can still offer click & collect services. … Continue reading Thoughts on Click & Collect for small business
Create your own Microsoft Teams backdrop using PowerPoint
The new Microsoft Learning community in the Tech Community is live along with the new blog. The tech community is quite simple to navigate but I wanted to take this opportunity to share a few tips. Thanks to my fellow MCTs for their help with these too, especially Julian Sharpe, Denise McLaughlin and Rolf McLaughlin. … Continue reading Using the Learn Community in the Tech Community
A little while back I wrote a blog on my training feedback form and the flow I had built to send delegates the useful links. See https://m365train.co.uk/2020/04/14/training-feedback-personalised-with-forms-and-power-automate/ Well today I have built a PowerBI report from the SharePoint list which stores the feedback data. As this is the first ever PowerBi report I've written from … Continue reading Extending the Feedback Form into PowerBI
Using Microsoft Teams with internal and external people, it can be a challenge to determine which features we can use with whom.
By combining OBS Studio and Stream Deck for Mobile, I’ve built some useful set ups that are helping me with virtual training delivery that I wanted to share with fellow MCTs as well as anyone else delivering webinars and virtual training/teaching.
Trainer/Teachers, do you need a scene switcher? Consider the mobile app version of Stream Deck. Here's how I set it up for testing.
A star wars themed video demo about meeting recordings in Microsoft Teams
Using Forms with SharePoint and Power Automate to send a custom response to training course feedback, including reference links.
There are some great articles out there on building your own automated "Do not Disturb" lights and also some great products, but I decided that I needed one that was a little more manual, but still a bit geeky.
Are you a member of a Team across more than 1 organisation/M365 Tenant? I use Channel Notifications to help me keep on top of the less well used teams.
List of useful resources for using Teams to work from home.
Multitasking is much easier when you can have multiple windows on screen at the same time. These techniques work in both Windows 7 and 8. To tile windows (any windows version): Open the applications you want to see on screen (do not minimise) Right click in a blank area of the task bar Select Show Windows … Continue reading Arrange Windows on Screen
This article looks at managing holiday using Excel 2010 and making use of the following Excel features: INDIRECT function NETWORKDAYS function Format as Table Conditional Formatting The finished file is available here (Holidays). However this article explains how to use the finished article and how to create it, so read on (or bookmark me for … Continue reading Calculating Employee Holiday Allowance in Excel
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Creating Simple Formulas Formulas can be used to perform simple calculations such as addition and subtraction, or more complicated applications such as complex financial functions and statistics. All formulas begin with an equal (=) sign. The equal sign tells Excel that the cell data should be interpreted as a formula. Otherwise, Excel interprets the data … Continue reading Simple Formulas and Functions in Excel
Did you know there are many options for setting your out of office or automatic replies in #Office365 including from #MicrosoftTeams
(acronyms listed at the end of the article) Today was the 2021 Scottish Summit, a great example of what the community can do and next week it's Microsoft Ignite where we will be celebrating certificated professionals. So it seemed a great time to put out this blog about what Microsoft Certified Trainer community means to … Continue reading Thank you MCT Community!
I've been thinking about this blog for a while. It's a bit different and has been quite difficult to write. I hope by sharing this, I can thank those who have held up the mirrors which have helped me appreciate my own skills fully and that it will help someone else on an upskilling journey.