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Office 365 App Launcher

If you're new to the app launcher, you might be wondering what it is and how to use it. The app launcher is designed to help you get to your apps from anywhere in Office 365.

When you click (or tap) the app launcher icon, you get a menu of apps and services depicted in tiles like this:

 

How many and which tiles you see depends on what services and features are available to you as part of your Office 365 subscription. For example, suppose that you're using Office 365 Business for work, and Office 365 Home for personal use. In this case, the app launcher you see when you're signed in to Office 365 Business will look a little different than the app launcher you see when you sign in to Office 365 Home.

How do I use the app launcher?

Click (or tap) a tile to go to that app or service. For example, you might choose Outlook to go to your email.

The following table identifies what happens when you choose a tile in your app launcher.

NOTE: You might not see all of the following tiles in your app launcher. It all depends on what's included in your Office 365 subscription.

Tile What it does

Outlook or Mail Takes you to your Mail in Outlook Web App.

Calendar Takes you to your Calendar in Outlook Web App.

People Takes you to your Outlook contacts (see People overview).

Tasks Takes you to your list of tasks in Outlook (see Tasks overview).

Newsfeed Takes you to your SharePoint Newsfeed (see Use the SharePoint Newsfeed).

Yammer Takes you to Yammer, your organization's social network (see Say hello to Yammer).

Sites Takes you to your Sites home page, where you can navigate to team sites, sites that you're following, and any other sites that are shared with you (see Find content about SharePoint Online).

Projects Takes you to your organization's Project Web App site (see Get started with Project Online.

Power BI Takes you to Power BI sites on Office 365, where you can view and use business intelligence (BI) content.

Delve Takes you to Office Delve, where you can discover relevant information in Office 365 (see What is Office Delve?)

OneDrive Takes you to your OneDrive for Business library (see What is OneDrive for Business?).

Video Takes you to Office 365 Video, where you can view your organization's internal video content (see Meet Office 365 Video).

Word or Word Online Creates a new Word document in the browser window (Word Online), which is saved automatically to your OneDrive for Business library (see Video: What’s new in Word Online).

Excel or Excel Online Creates a new Excel workbook in the browser window (Excel Online), which is saved automatically to your OneDrive for Business library (see Video: What’s New in Excel Online).

PowerPoint or PowerPoint Online Creates a new PowerPoint presentation in the browser window (PowerPoint Online), which is saved automatically to your OneDrive for Business library (see Basic tasks in PowerPoint Online).

OneNote or OneNote Online Opens your OneNote notebook in the browser window (OneNote Online), which is saved automatically to your OneDrive for Business library (see Basic tasks in OneNote Online).

Admin (Available only to Office 365 administrators) Takes you to your Office 365 admin center (see Office 365 admin center).

Sway Takes you tohttp://sway.com, where you can sign in and try Sway, a new app you can use to share and express ideas (see Getting Started with Sway).

 

Can I customize the app launcher?

You can add or remove tiles, as well as rearrange the order of your tiles on your app launcher.  Do this by clicking and dragging the tiles, or hover your mouse over the tile and click the ‘…’ for the options.  The following links have additional information:

What else do I need to know?

  • Your app launcher might contain more or fewer tiles than our example. The app launcher you see depends on what's included in your Office 365 subscription.
  • Some tiles might not show up in your app launcher until those features are activated (this is typically done by Office 365 administrators). For example, if your Office 365 administrator has not activated Yammer, you won't see a tile for Yammer in your app launcher.
  • In addition to rearranging your tiles in the app launcher, you can also pin up to three apps to your navigation bar in Office 365.

Besides the app launcher, you can use the Office 365 home page to access all your apps and services in Office 365. The home page looks like this:

What else do I need to know?
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