Office Touch Guide

If you’re new to Office with Windows 8 on a touch screen, learning a few gestures will help you get up to speed.

The basics:

Tap Tap gesture
Pinch Pinch fingers together
Stretch Stretch fingers apart
Slide Slide gesture
Swipe Swipe across the screen

Here’s how they work in Office.

In an Office program

To… Do…
Switch to Full Screen

Tap the Full Screen Mode button on the title bar.

Or tap the Ribbon Display Options button on the title bar and tap Auto-hide Ribbon.

Switch to Standard View

Tap the three dots at the top of the screen, and then tap the Exit Full Screen Mode button.

Or tap the Ribbon Display Options button and tap Show Tabs and Commands.

Turn on Touch mode

Tap the Touch Mode button on the Quick Access Toolbar.

Or tap the Touch/Mouse Mode hand icon on the Quick Access Toolbar and tap Touch.

(If you don’t see the Touch/Mouse Mode hand icon, you can add it to the Quick Access Toolbar. Follow the instructions for customizing the Quick Access Toolbar.)

Turn off Touch mode

Tap the Touch Mode button on the Quick Access Toolbar.

Or tap the Touch/Mouse Mode hand icon on the Quick Access Toolbar and tap Mouse.

Customize the Quick Access Toolbar Press, hold, then release any button on the Quick Access Toolbar. Choose what you want to do from the menu that appears.

Using the touch keyboard

To… Do…
Show the Touch keyboard Tap the Touch Keyboard button on the taskbar.
Hide the Touch keyboard Tap the X button on the Touch keyboard.
Dock the Touch keyboard Tap Dock on the Touch keyboard so that it stays open.
Undock the Touch keyboard Tap Undock on the Touch keyboard.

Moving around in a file

To… Do…
Scroll Touch the doc and slide it up and down.
Zoom in Stretch two fingers apart.
Zoom out Pinch two fingers together.

Making a selection

To… Do…
Place the cursor Tap in the file.
Select text Tap in the text and drag the selection handle.
Format text Tap the selected text, then tap a formatting option on the Mini toolbar.

Working with shapes and objects

To… Do…
Move Touch the object and slide it.
Resize Tap the object, then press and drag the object’s resize handle.
Rotate Tap the object, then press and drag the rotation handle.

In Excel

To… Do…
Edit a cell Double-tap the cell.
Select a range of data Tap a cell and drag the selection handle.
Clear a cell’s contents Tap a cell to select it, tap it again to bring up the Mini toolbar, then tap Clear.

In PowerPoint

To… Do…
Zoom into a slide in Slide Show View Stretch two fingers apart.
Zoom out of a slide in Slide Show View Pinch two fingers together.
Show controls in Slide Show View Tap a slide.
Go to the next or previous slide in Normal View Make a quick vertical flick on the slide, or tap the slide’s thumbnail in the Thumbnail Pane.
Select multiple slides In the Thumbnail Pane or in Slide Sorter View, make a short, horizontal swipe across each slide until the color of the thumbnail’s border changes.
Rearrange slides Drag a slide horizontally out of the Thumbnail Pane and drop it at the new location.
Select multiple objects Tap an object to select it, then tap and hold it while you tap the other objects.
Edit the text in an object Double-tap the text.

Change the display setting

To… Do…
Make text and objects bigger Swipe, tap Start, swipe up, tap All Apps, tap Control Panel (under Windows System), tap Appearance & Personalization, tap Display, and tap Medium – 125%.
 
 
Applies to:
Excel 2013, OneNote 2013, PowerPoint 2013, Word 2013