Yesterday, I was using Excel to fill out a list of names and e-mails. As I was happily (well not really, I was typing in a bunch of email addresses) going about my business, I accidentally came upon a feature of Excel I’ve never seen before (more about that in a bit). Now, I should come clean and say that I’m not an everyday user of Excel, and I am certainly not what I’d call a power user. I’ll bet there are a lot of people who know about this feature, but it was new to me.
The thing that made this stick out was that it just came out of nowhere while I was using the program. I’ve seen other pieces of software do that and only end up creating a jarring experience for the user; this was seamlessly done. Most importantly, it helped me get my task done faster, and to me, that’s what software is supposed to do. This is a place where the folks delivering Excel did something that made my job easier in a really nice and unexpected way. I need to challenge myself to do this for my users more often.
So what was the feature? Check it out. Keep in mind this is a reenactment (so I don’t share a bunch of IDT employee emails. You’re welcome). The actual list of e-mails I was adding was much longer, so the time it saved me was significant.
(P.S. If anyone from Microsoft reads this, if 2013 had the feature, I’d have definitely given you a smile yesterday!)