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Office 365 App Launcher Updated

Microsoft released an update to the Office 365 App Launcher. The updated App Launcher provides a condensed view of apps and documents recently used.

App Launcher
















Your email, calendar, and tasks tiles have been merged into the Outlook tile. Calendar and Tasks are accessed from the switcher which is located at the bottom of the left navigation pane in the Outlook on the Web App.

App Switcher



You can add any tiles such as Calendar or Tasks to the App Launcher.

  1. Open your App Launcher.
  2. Click the All Apps link.
  3. Mouse over the app you want to pin to your App Launcher, click the three dots, and then click Pin to Launcher.
    Pin to Launcher







if you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@ksu.edu).


Manage your Outlook Inbox with the Focused Inbox feature

Microsoft continues to add features to help us manage our inboxes. They have had a feature called Clutter which is an email sorting tool that learns your email habits and then filters and moves low priority messages you typically ignore (not Junk mail) to the Clutter folder. You could help Clutter learn faster by dragging email from your Inbox to Clutter.

Microsoft is replacing the Clutter feature and switching to Focused Inbox. Once you enable the feature, your Inbox will have two tabs at the top — Focused and Other. You can teach Outlook what matters most to you by moving emails between Focused and Other, and setting overrides to make sure emails from certain senders always show up in a particular destination.

You can keep using the Clutter folder until it is no longer available or you can switch to the Focused Inbox now. Once you switch to Focused Inbox, messages will no longer be sent to your Clutter folder. Any messages already in your Clutter folder will remain there until you decide to delete or move them.

Turn on Focused Inbox in Outlook on the Web

  1. Click the Settings link.
  2. Click Display settings.
  3. On the menu, click Focused Inbox.
  4. Click Sort messages into Focused and Other.
  5. Click OK twice.

We are investigating if this will be available for the Outlook 2016 desktop client.






K-State’s Windows Software Update Service

by Information Technology Services

Make it easy to keep your computer safe with K-State’s Windows Software Update Service (WSUS). You can use WSUS to deploy and manage the distribution of the latest Microsoft product updates to K-State computers running Microsoft Windows. This service is only for K-State owned computers, and will only apply critical/security patches.

A patch is a small piece of software designed to mitigate risks or upgrade/update software. Security patches are designed to patch security holes that cause vulnerabilities within software. It is crucial for K-State’s computers to always be up-to-date on all critical/security patches so we are not vulnerable to malware attacks like the WannaCry ransomware attack that occurred in May.

The focus now is on reducing/eliminating unpatched University-owned systems and unpatched systems using the VPN to tunnel into campus. This will minimize the negative impact if a system is brought onto campus, becomes infected, and spreads the malware. ITS will continue to scan the network and block machines.

To setup WSUS, follow these step-by-step instructions. Setup will only take a couple of minutes.

If you need assistance contact your technical support staff or the IT Help Desk 785-532-7722.

What can Office 365 Groups do for you?

Office 365 is K-State’s email and calendar platform which includes a suite of apps and features geared toward productivity and collaboration.  Today’s highlighted feature is Office 365 Groups.

Office 365 Groups

Groups are a one-stop shop for collaboration, which bundle some of the Office 365 apps and features.  Apps and features included in Groups at K-State are:


  • Easily email a group of people without setting up a mailing list such as a listserv or distribution list.  Distribution list functionality is built into the group without requiring any special action.
  • Keep group related email together in the conversation-based group inbox which can be set to also deliver to personal inboxes.

Continue reading “What can Office 365 Groups do for you?”

Office 365 now available in K-State Online

k-state-onlineby Information Technology Services

Microsoft Office 365 has now been integrated with K-State Online Canvas. When instructors open their K-State Online courses, they will now notice an Office 365 tab on the left-hand navigation. Continue reading “Office 365 now available in K-State Online”

Office 365 feature: email safety tips

To help combat spam, malware, and phishing attacks, Microsoft has implemented a feature called Email Safety Tips.

If a message includes a safety tip, it is displayed at the top of your email. The messages have four color-coded categories:

  • Red – Suspicious safety level messages are either a known phishing message, have failed sender authentication, are a suspected spoofing message or have met some other criteria that Microsoft has flagged as fraudulent. Be cautious in reviewing the message. There is a chance that it could be a legitimate email and mismarked. Otherwise delete the email.


  • Yellow – Unknown safety level messages are marked as spam. You can click the It’s not spam link in the yellow bar of a junk mail item to move the message to your inbox.

    Unknown Safety Tip

  • Green – Trusted safety level messages are from domains identified by Microsoft as being safe.

    Trusted safety tip

  • Gray – Safe safety level messages are messages not filtered for spam because it is either considered Safe by the user’s organization, is on the user’s safe senders list or Microsoft marked the message as junk but the user moved it out of the junk folder to the inbox. The gray safety bar also appears when images within the message have been disabled.

    Safe Safety Tip

You will see all four types of Safety Tips when using Outlook on the web. However, Outlook clients will only show the Suspicious saftey tip.

If you have any questions, contact the IT Help Desk (helpdesk@k-state.edu or 532-7722.)

Grad students: Summer ETDR walk-in clinics offer thesis, dissertation help

Graduate students who need faster help formatting their theses and dissertations can get it at the Electronic Theses, Dissertations, and Reports walk-in clinics scheduled over the next four weeks:

  • Thursday, July 14, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 401B Hale Library
  • Thursday, July 21, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 401B Hale Library
  • Thursday, July 28, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 401B Hale Library
  • Wednesday, Aug. 3, 11:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m., 401B Hale Library

Walk-in help session

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Yammer to be integrated with Office 365

Microsoft will begin releasing Yammer, K-State’s private social network, into Office 365 beginning April 1. Typically, when a new application is integrated into Office 365, the process takes several weeks before everyone has access to it. Once Yammer is available in your account, you will open Yammer from your Office 365 App Launcher.

Yammer in Office 365 app launcherAccording to Microsoft’s announcement, our free version will be integrated into Office 365 which means all groups, networks, and existing conversations should be available in Office 365 when the implementation is complete.

If you have any questions, email Cathy Rodriguez (cathyr@k-state.edu).

Office 365 maintenance scheduled Feb. 13-14

by Information Technology ServicesMicrosoft Office apps

Information Technology Services will perform scheduled maintenance on Office 365 beginning at 10 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 13, through 10 a.m. Sunday, Feb. 14. Office 365 may not be accessible during this time period, but no email will be lost. Thank you to campus for your patience as we work to maintain our ITS systems. Continue reading “Office 365 maintenance scheduled Feb. 13-14”