Get an introduction to the interface for the Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps on an Android tablet.
- [Instructor] The Word, Excel, and PowerPoint apps all share the same basic interface design, but that interface is significantly different between Android phones and Android tablets. In this movie, let's see the interface on an Android tablet. I'm going to launch the Word app and there are two main things that you'll want to do here. On the right we have some options to create a new document and on the left you can open an existing document. Let's start by making a new document. First in this create in menu, you need to choose where this new document will be saved and there are a few recent locations listed.
But if you want to choose a specific folder, you can tap this line that says select a different location. The main options here are to save the file on my device's internal storage drive or on OneDrive, which is a cloud storage tool that's tied to my Microsoft account. If you use SharePoint with your Office account, that option will be listed here too. Let's save this on my OneDrive so I'm going to select that and then I'm going to choose a folder on my OneDrive then tap Select. Then I need to choose a template to start from and there are lots of templates listed here.
Or if you want to just start with a blank document, you can choose the blank document template. I'm going to do that so I'll tap on that and now I have a blank document and I can start typing in some text. Next, it's important to be able to switch in and out of the typing mode. Android devices have a back button built in to the device's interface, but it may look different on different devices. On my tablet, on this screen, the back button is in the bottom left corner and it's pointing down. Tap on that and the onscreen keyboard goes away.
You're out of the typing mode and now you can see the full document interface. To go back into that typing mode to add more text, just tap in the body of the document. And you want to make sure you tap to place the cursor where you want it to be and then you can continue typing. Let's dismiss that keyboard again so I'll tap that back button down in the bottom left corner.
And up at the top we find the ribbons, just like in the desktop applications. I'm currently in the home ribbon so I have a bunch of options for text formatting. To get to one of the other ribbons, just tap on the tab. So if I tap on the tab labeled layout, I go to the layout ribbon and I've got different controls there. So you can jump through the different ribbons and sort of explore the different controls that you have in them. On the left side of the ribbon options, there is a file button, just like in the desktop version of Word. That's going to take you to the backstage view.
The Office apps on Android phones do not have the backstage view, but it is here on tablets. So here you have options for saving the document, printing and so on. And you can also close the document from here when you're finished. So I'm going to tap that and the document closes and we're back where we started. So you can create documents. And to open a document, you've got those options over on the left side. You can browse through recently opened documents or you can tap this button that says open other documents to browse through different storage locations.
So I'm going to go to my OneDrive and let's choose that folder where we saved that file a few moments ago. There's that file so I can tap on that to open it and now we're back in that document and naturally, I can tap on it to bring up the onscreen keyboard and get to work. So now you've got the core interface that you'll be working in if you're using an Android tablet. Everything else that you'll do in these apps will build on that. Now for the rest of this course, we will be working with an Android phone.
But once you know the basics of the interface on the tablet, the differences are really easy to work around.
- Exploring Office on an Android phone or tablet
- Creating and editing documents in Word
- Building spreadsheets in Excel
- Working with Excel formulas
- Creating presentations in PowerPoint
- Sharing files in Office for Android
- Working with Outlook calendar and email
- Managing notebooks in OneNote
- Messaging in Microsoft Teams