Tuesday Tip: Keyboard Shortcut to AI

A couple of months ago I wrote a Tuesday Tip about Bing Chat (Microsoft’s ChatGPT equivalent). Since then, it has been rebranded as Copilot.

If you are running Windows 11, the fastest way to pull up Copilot is to press the Windows logo key + C. The Copilot dialog box pops up to the right, and you can ask AI to help with whatever you need.

For those interested, you can use it in several ways, and here are a few suggestions to get you started:

  • Word: It can generate summaries of existing documents, and help you compose or edit text depending on your audience or purpose.
  • PowerPoint: Copilot can combine presentations into one and recommend says to improve one by reorganizing the content.
  • Outlook: Copilot can draft emails and generate summaries of existing ones, so you don’t have to scroll through pages of replies.
  • Excel: It can create formulas based on what you want to do with information or analyze data, noting trends or outliers.
  • Teams: Some have used it to summarize information from long chat threads or suggest next steps after a meeting.

If you’d like to customize Copilot for your company needs, there is an option to create your own version(s) now as well. You can try it for free to start, but it will cost you $200/month for up to 25,000 requests after the trial period.

Copilot is currently free with all Microsoft 365 E3, E5, Business Premium and Business Standard packages.

Richard Stokes: As the Director of Sales for Network 1, Richard identifies “future” clients that can benefit from the support of an experienced, outsourced IT team. He helps clients and prospects find technology solutions they need to achieve better productivity and efficiency so they can focus on making money and growing their businesses.

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