Microsoft Office Online Gets A Bunch Of New Features

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Microsoft took the opportunity on Wednesday to run down a list of features that have either rolled out very recently or are in the process of rolling out.

One is Insights for Office. This lets you right click on a word, select "Insights," and get info from Bing Snapshot, Wikipedia, Bing Image Search, Oxford English Dictionary, and the web. This is presented alongside your content.

The feature is also available via the "Tell Me" feature, which now also has word count and another new feature.

"We enabled Tell Me to not only show commands that are available directly on the ribbon, but to also surface commands that are hidden away in sub-menus," Microsoft explains. "For example, if you want to change your document’s paper size to A4, you now only need to type something like “size a4″ and Tell Me will present you the “A4 Page Size” command directly in its drop-down—no need to click into the “Page Size” sub-menu anymore. This makes it even easier to get to the command that fits your intent fast and efficiently! Of course, Tell Me still also shows the “Page Size” command, so you can easily get to other options."

Office Online also now has enhanced PDF support. It even lets you copy text from images or search by clicking the FIND button.You can convert a PDF into an editable Word document as well.

"This feature works the best with documents that are mostly text, such as legal, business and scientific documents," Microsoft notes. "If a PDF contains mostly graphics and diagrams, like a presentation or a brochure, the converter might have a little trouble with the layout or formatting."

Additionally, Office Online will now show you where pages end within documents, and you can now easily insert symbols such as the copyright © symbol or international currency symbols like £ or ¥.

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