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When Microsoft redesigned the Office Suite here, Microsoft Office 2013, they had to take into consideration that many users might be using these apps on their Touch devices, like Smartphones or Tablets, including the new Microsoft Surface or even A Touch Screen connected to their computer. That's why they came up with something called Touch mode and we're going to look at this now. In Touch mode, Microsoft wanted to make sure that users weren't accidentally tapping the wrong feature or function and when it came to swiping and other gestures; that it was going to be clean and error-free.
So, let's take a look. The first thing we need to do is open up any one of the programs. I'm in PowerPoint and I've started a new Blank presentation but you could be in Word, you could be in Excel, Publisher, it really doesn't matter. You're going to go up to this area in the top left corner called the Quick Access toolbar. Now, you won't see a button for switching to Touch mode or the default Mouse mode, but if you click the dropdown, you'll see that that option is on the list. It's not checked off by default, but when you click it, you're actually going to display it now on the Quick Access toolbar.
So, you actually haven't switched modes at this point, all you've done is displayed it on the Quick Acces toolbar. Clicking it displays the two options. The one that is highlighted is the default. This is Mouse mode. You get a standard Ribbon and commands and it is optimized for clicking with your mouse. Touch mode, however, is going to create a little more space between commands. It's optimized for using touch. So, let's give it a click and see what happens. Well, sure enough, things are really spread out. It is subtle so we're not actually losing things on our screen.
We can still see our slide and our content, but notice at the Quick Access toolbar the buttons are well-spaced. So are the tabs on the Ribbon. Each of the options that appear on the various ribbons are spread out. So, you're not going to be accidentally tapping the wrong option. Now, if you're going to be on a Touch Screen, a Tablet, or even your Smartphone, this is ideal. If you're not, you can switch back to Mouse mode by clicking the same button that now appears on your Quick Access toolbar and selecting Mouse.
This actually gives you a little more real estate for working on your content. Everything is kind of crammed back in. You can see the buttons are very tight up here on the Quick Access toolbar; it's the same thing for the ribbon tabs and their commands. So, that's a Touch mode, ideal for working with Touch devices like your Smartphones and Tablets; and even Touch Screens connected to your computer. If it's something that you're not interested in, you're not going to be using it; you really don't need it up here on your Quick Access toolbar, you can go back to that dropdown. Notice Touch/Mouse mode actually appears with a check mark, now.
Clicking it again removes it from the Quick Access toolbar. It doesn't switch modes, keep that in mind, but it's now not accessible from the Quick Access toolbar and you need to go there to get it back.
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