Published: Sat, November 10, 2018
IT | By Lester Massey

Microsoft Word will automatically create to-do lists for you

Microsoft Word will automatically create to-do lists for you

Word also uses @mentions ("at mentions") so that you can tag collaborators in a document so that they can be notified and go immediately to where help is needed in a placeholder.

Many times, when users get distracted and need to come back to a document, picking up where they left off can be hard. Microsoft responded by continuing to improve the feature set of Office, and now it is turning to artificial intelligence to make Word cleverly create to-do lists for you.

Microsoft Word is testing a new feature in Editor, the AI-powered writing assistant, that can turn Word document notes into a to-do list. They are available in preview form on Word on the Mac for Office Insiders in the Fast ring.


The capability relies on a new specially created text format rolling out with the update.

"Word has always been the standard for creating professional-quality documents", Microsoft corporate vice president Jared Spataro explains. As these options grow, Microsoft explains that if you select a suggestion such as , you'll be able to search for appropriate content from other files and insert relevant information right into the document. Microsoft notes that users will soon have the ability to "reply to the notification with their contributions, and those contributions will be inserted directly into the document", but that feature hasn't arrived quite yet. "Soon, they'll be able to reply to the notification with their contributions, and those contributions will be inserted directly into the document-making it easy to complete the task with an email from any device".

This week, Microsoft announced new AI features in Word that will help you create an in-platform to-do list where you can invite others to help out without ever breaking your writing mojo. "You will be able to pick from the results and insert content from another document with a single click", the company said. In the future - Microsoft didn't say when - it'll release these feature on the web, Mac, and Windows for Office 365 customers.

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