Community Clips

The folks over in Office Labs are testing out a new idea called Community Clips and I, personally, think it’s a fantastic idea. It’s a community site where anyone, not just Microsoft employees, can upload “how to” videos that take you step-by-step through accomplishing a particular task. Think of it as YouTube meets Office Online. If, like me, you’re a visual learner, this is a great way to learn new tips and tricks on how to do any number of things with Microsoft products.  There are already quite a few Excel-related topics, from using freeze rows to creating your own UDFs in VBA.

There are a lot of Excel experts out there who have been sharing their knowledge via blogs, newsgroups, and the like.  My hope is that Community Clips catches on as an additional venue for these experts to share their knowledge. For those of you interested in contributing content, there’s an Office Labs blog post that has tips for making good videos.