Join Jess Stratton for an in-depth discussion in this video Introducing Microsoft Word for iPad, part of Office for iPad First Look.
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I've got Word for iPad open. When I've signed in with my Microsoft account, it can tab to create a new blank document, or I can use any of these fantastic built-in choices. They've given us a wide range of choices here, from flyers to invoices to resumes, even tear-off flyers that you can print out. I can also tap recent here on the left hand side to continue working on a file that I've accessed recently. But I'm going to select open to choose a file I already have on my one drive. So I'll tap one drive and then navigate through my file system that I created on one drive and I'll pull up a word document.
It's going to download and open the file and now I can start working on it. The first thing that I can do is swipe up and down to navigate through the document. I can also work with text by selecting it. To do that, I can tap and hold, and now I have the choice to select all. Or just tap select. It's going to select one word. I can also tap and drag with my finger, to select multiple chunks of text. From here I can cut, copy, or delete the text but I can also change to the home ribbon tab, if I'm not already there, and do things like bold face the text or italicize it.
I can also change the font and the color. Just like I could on the desktop version. If I want to get rid of the keyboard at anytime, in the bottom right hand side of the screen I can tap away. And that will get rid of the keyboard, so that I can actually see a little bit more of my document. I can also tap to place the cursor in my document and tap the return key on my keyboard to bring it to a new paragraph. I can change the justification of it too. For example, on the home ribbon menu I can see that I can right align or left align text and even center it.
It centers the current paragraph. You'll notice that unlike the desktop version, I don't have to have the whole paragraph selected. And I can move it back to left justification if I wanted to. I can also tap the color to change the color of the font and this is something that we saw in the demo today from Microsoft. You'll notice that I can scroll to select colors. Because the keyboard is up, it's made the screen a little bit smaller. But if I want to see all the colors at once, I can tap away at the keyboard, and it will automatically expand the rest of the colors so I can see what my choices are.
I can tap away to get rid of that, and I can tap off from the keyboard to get back to editing my document if I wanted to. I can also insert a picture. So that's a little bit about how the home ribbon tab works. I can move down here to the end of my document. Tap the Return key a little bit if I wanted to start working in some more places. And now I'm going to tap Insert at the very top of the screen. So this is where I can insert anything, like a page break, a table, a text box, even. But I'm going to tap pictures, because here's where I can choose photos directly from my camera roll.
So I'll tap to choose a picture, and it's going to insert it in. I can tap and drag. On any of the points on the outer edges of the picture. And I can even slide it around anywhere on the screen. So I can make it a size that I'm comfortable with. The really neat thing about Word is that you can slide it up, and it will automatically change where it's located on that document. For example, on any one of these pictures, I can tap once to select the picture. But I can also tap and hold and slide my finger around.
And you'll notice that it automatically rearranges the text according to where that picture is. So it gives me a lot of flexibility to place my photos. If I don't want a picture, I can simply tap and hold it, and choose delete. It gets rid of the picture. Moving on, if I tap Layout, here's where I can change the orientation of my document. For example, whether it's portrait or landscape. I can change the size of it. I can add a header and a footer, and I can even add page numbers to my document by simply toggling that option on.
I can go to the review tab, and here's where I can turn on changes if I wanted to track changes. I can see comments that people have made in my document, and I can also very easily insert comments into the document. For example, if I tap anywhere in the document, I can tap on the very top left hand side of the screen, the green plus sign, to insert a comment right in that area. So it's very easy, everything is just a tap away Finally, I'm going to go to the view tab because here is where I can toggle on and off the ruler.
For example, if I wanted more screen real estate versus having it look more like the desktop version of Word, I can toggle on and off whether I want spelling errors visible in my document while I'm typing. And I can also tap Word Count if I want to see some basic statistics about my document, like how many pages it is, words, or even characters. There's a few more things I can do. At the very top left-hand side of the screen, if I tap the Paper icon with the two arrows on it, I'm going to get some choices here.
I can toggle on and off Auto Save if I don't want it to automatically save my document. If I turned it off, I have to come back in here and manually tap the Save button to upload my changes back to one drive. There's some more things that I can do. I can duplicate the document. I can restore a previous version of the document. And I can tap properties if I want to see how big it is, when it was created, and when it was last modified. When I'm all done, I can tap the circled arrow on the top left hand side.
And get back to that main screen. So, then I could tap New and continue working on a new document. So, that's your first look at Microsoft Word for the iPad.