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Exploring Touch mode

From: Office 2013 New Features

Video: Exploring Touch mode

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.

Exploring Touch mode

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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  1. 1m 38s
    1. Welcome
      1m 3s
    2. Using the exercise files
      35s
  2. 16m 49s
    1. Exploring the new user interface
      4m 57s
    2. Integrating with the cloud
      3m 42s
    3. Exploring Touch mode
      2m 53s
    4. Using the bookmark feature
      2m 18s
    5. Customizing the Ribbon with display options
      2m 59s
  3. 27m 44s
    1. Inserting online video
      4m 4s
    2. Editing PDF documents
      4m 58s
    3. Inserting and reading comments
      2m 55s
    4. Tracking changes and conversations
      2m 19s
    5. Using Read mode for longer documents
      4m 14s
    6. Using object zoom in Read mode
      1m 53s
    7. Exploring new templates in Word
      2m 47s
    8. Inserting objects with onscreen alignment guides
      4m 34s
  4. 28m 25s
    1. Filling empty cells using Flash Fill
      3m 38s
    2. Filtering records using a Timeline
      3m 11s
    3. Previewing with Quick Analysis
      4m 34s
    4. Using Chart Advisor recommendations
      2m 43s
    5. Finding errors and issues with Power view
      6m 16s
    6. Converting roman numerals into arabic numbers
      2m 42s
    7. Protecting data in a shared spreadsheet
      5m 21s
  5. 33m 36s
    1. Working with new templates
      3m 29s
    2. Exploring the new Presenter view
      3m 45s
    3. Using color adjustments
      2m 59s
    4. Inserting new charts
      8m 37s
    5. Positioning objects with various guides
      2m 50s
    6. Exploring new transition effects
      2m 55s
    7. Creating a custom shape
      4m 31s
    8. Playing an audio track across multiple slides
      4m 30s
  6. 7m 2s
    1. Exploring changes to the user interface
      3m 23s
    2. Exploring the new Access templates
      3m 39s
  7. 8m 48s
    1. Inserting online pictures into a publication
      3m 10s
    2. Using the scratch area for inserting images
      3m 30s
    3. Creating JPEGs with the Save for Photo Printing option
      2m 8s
  8. 18m 27s
    1. Exploring the new user interface
      4m 30s
    2. Changing views
      4m 8s
    3. Embedding files in a notebook
      3m 31s
    4. Linking notes to your Outlook calendar
      3m 57s
    5. Inserting a screenshot
      2m 21s
  9. 8m 8s
    1. Exploring the user interface and some sneak peeks
      3m 35s
    2. Using the Weather bar
      1m 42s
    3. Connecting to social networks
      2m 51s
  10. 29s
    1. Next steps
      29s

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