Touch / Mouse Mode in PowerPoint 2013
Explore the Touch / Mouse mode in PowerPoint 2013.
Author: Geetesh Bajaj
Product/Version: Microsoft PowerPoint 2013
OS: Windows 8 and 7
Look closely at the interface within PowerPoint 2013, particularly the Customize Quick Access Toolbar drop-down menu, as shown in
Figure 1, and you'll find the Touch/Mouse Mode command (highlighted in
red within Figure 1). This essentially is a toggle button that
alternates between touch and mouse modes. Touch mode is the default mode when using PowerPoint
on a touch device such as the Microsoft Surface or other tablets, and lets you use the program even without a
mouse. And Mouse mode is the default mode for PowerPoint 2013 when working on a non-touch
enabled desktop or laptop. The larger question though is why you can toggle to the Touch mode
in a non-touch device. If you are using PowerPoint on a desktop, why you need the Touch mode?
Figure 1: Customize Quick Access Toolbar drop-down menu
Look at Figure 2, below where you can see the PowerPoint 2013 interface with Mouse
mode active -- this screen shot is from a non-Touch device.
Figure 2: PowerPoint 2013 interface with Mouse mode active
Now, see Figure 3 where the PowerPoint 2013 interface has Touch mode active. Notice that the
Ribbon and Quick Access toolbar are
enlarged and extra space is added around the buttons and commands within the Ribbon and the Quick Access toolbar
so that you can more easily tap and access them. Although, the placeholder on the slide says Tap to add
title (compare to the Click to add title option in Figure 2), you
can click and start typing.
Figure 3: PowerPoint 2013 interface with Touch mode active
One benefit of enabling Touch mode in devices with no Touch enabled hardware is that the options and buttons are all larger -- this can be a boon for accessibility reasons.
To enable Touch mode within PowerPoint 2013, click the down-arrow at the right end of the Quick
Access toolbar, as shown highlighted in red within Figure 4.
This brings up the Customize Quick Access Toolbar drop-down menu, that you saw in
Figure 1 earlier on this page. Here, select the Touch/Mouse Mode command.
Figure 4: Quick Access toolbar
This adds the Touch/Mouse Mode button to the Quick Access toolbar, as shown
highlighted in red within Figure 5. Clicking this button
brings up a drop-down menu with Mouse and Touch options (shown highlighted
in blue within Figure 5).
Figure 5: Touch/Mouse Mode button added to the Quick Access toolbar
Now you can switch the interface between Touch or Mouse mode.
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