Publi-info – Office 365: how to use Office well on a touch screen?

Publi-info - Office 365: how to use Office well on a touch screen?

It’s no longer a secret, Microsoft is preparing fully tactile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint for its “Modern UI” environment under Windows 8.1. However, these apps are not yet available and no release date has been announced.

Meanwhile, on Windows tablets, Office 365 continues to run in the Office universe, however, touch uses have not been overlooked. It is quite possible to use the Office 365 suite with your fingers on a Windows tablet or PC touch screen. Microsoft has integrated specific features in this sense that we invite you to discover here.

Office 365 on touch screens

Thus, the various modules of the Office suite offer functionalities and gestures specially designed for touch screens. It is, for example, possible to slide your finger on the screen to select text or cells; move two fingers apart to zoom in on the page, table or slide; navigate from page to page or from slide to slide with the swipe of a finger.

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Likewise, Word’s “Reading” mode is very practical for consulting a “.doc / .docx” document on the screen of a tablet by scrolling horizontally with the finger. The content of the galleries (of styles or shapes for example) scrolls easily by sliding your finger on it. You can also easily place one or two fingers and scroll the screen by sliding them up or down. interactive touch gestures can be viewed by following this link: Office 365 Touch Guide

Switch the ribbon to touch mode

To simplify the selection and calling of functions, the ribbon also has a touch mode. It is even activated by default as soon as Office 365 detects that it is running on a tablet or a machine with a touch screen.

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Placed in touch mode, the ribbon adapts to the lower precision of the fingers and displays more spaced icons.

The different modes of the ribbon

On a tablet, applications are generally used in full screen. Office 365 adapts to this mode of operation by offering three display modes:

full screen mode, where the ribbon is completely hidden, it unfolds when you touch the upper band of the screen. It is often the ideal mode of operation in Word and Excel, because it allows you to dedicate the entire display area to your data.

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a compact mode, in which only the titles of the tabs appear, the ribbon unfolds when you click on it. It is a good compromise between easy access to functions and low occupancy on the screen.

a classic fashion, in which the ribbon remains deployed. It is only rarely used on a tablet, the ribbon occupying a significant space which impinges on the general vision of the document.

The OneNote case

OneNote is the only moduleOffice 365 Home Premium to have an authentic tactile version today in the form of the Windows Store App. It foreshadows what the next tactile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint will be in Windows 8.1. Free downloadable (here: OneNote App), it is 100% compatible with the desktop version and can be used in parallel with the latter. The ribbon is replaced here by an interactive wheel which facilitates tool selections and which proves to be well suited for tactile use.

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