Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Exploring Touch mode, part of Migrating from Office 2010 to Office 2013.
When Windows 8 and Windows 8.1 came along Microsoft was redesigning things with touch mode in mind. That is working on tablets, for example, or touch screens attached to your computer. So you could then use gestures, swipes, taps with your finger, and so on. Same thing here for Office 2013. It's totally been redesigned with touch devices in mind. So we need to talk about touch mode. If you're on a touch screen or on a tablet, you might prefer to use touch mode over mouse mode, which is what we're doing by default here on a computer.
So, moving our mouse around, you can see with the quick access toolbar, it's easy to point and click. Same thing for the ribbon. But, if we were on a touch screen. We might have some difficulty getting accuracy when trying to tap some of the buttons that appear on the quick access toolbar or even on the ribbon. So by switching over to touch mode, we'll space things out a little bit. Of course it's going to eat up some of the real estate for our documents. I'm in Excel, but you can be in Word or PowerPoint. The same thing's going to happen when we go up to the Quick Access Toolbar, to the last button that appears here by default.
It's a toggle button to switch us between Touch, and Mouse modes. So click this. You'll see a drop down. And you'll see what's selected here by default, Mouse. This gives us the standard ribbon and commands that we see for pointing and clicking. But when we switch to Touch mode, things look a little bit different. Let's give it a click. Now you can see we have much larger icons that are spaced out on the quick access toolbar. We can continue to use our mouse and keyboard, but if we're on a touch screen we can start tapping these things with a finger.
Same thing on the ribbon, you can see it's stretched out and spaced out. So we're going to have better accuracy when tapping the commands that appear on the ribbon. When we want to switch back to mouse mode it's a simple matter of going back to the exact same button clicking the drop down and selecting Mouse. Now, it does look a little bit different in Microsoft Outlook. Let's switch to Outlook now. And in Outlook, you'll go to the quick access toolbar again. It's the same button. It's the last button on the quick access toolbar, by default.
Give it a click, select Touch. And again, the quick access toolbar, bigger, spaced out icons. Same thing on the ribbon. But we also get, over here on the right hand side, some options. And this is to accommodate those who are holding a tablet or even a smartphone where your thumbs might be used over here on the right to respond to email, for example, or delete what you're reading, move it, flag it, or even mark it as unread. Those commands only appear over there on the right hand side when you're in Touch mode.
And, just like the other apps we can go back to that same toggle button, give it a click on the quick access toolbar and select Mouse. To switch back to mouse and keyboard mode. That's a quick look at touch mode. Something that's very handy when working with touch screens and touch devices, here in Office 2013.
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- Exploring Word document changes
- Creating macro-enabled workbooks and templates
- Managing files in a mixed environment
- Importing Outlook contacts, email, and calendars