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Getting Started with using Office Mobile

Get started with using Office Mobile on your iPhone or other iOS device.


Product/Version: Microsoft Office Mobile

OK – you finally bought an Office 365 subscription or used an existing one – installed Office Mobile and signed in! It’s now time to get started with this bunch of 3 programs – yes, the programs are Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

When you launch Office Mobile for the first time, you see the screen shown in Figure 1, below.

Want to play with these sample files?
Figure 1: Want to play with these sample files?

Notice the three sample files – one each for a Word document, an Excel spreadsheet, and a PowerPoint presentation? Do tap on each of them to open and play around – Figure 2 shows the sample PowerPoint presentation.

Yes, this is PowerPoint
Figure 2: Yes, this is PowerPoint

Here are some tips that will help you navigate the slides:

  • To move to the next or previous slides, just slide leftwards or rightwards respectively.

  • Notice the orange bar at the top with 4 buttons? This is what these buttons (from left to right) do:

    • Save Changes? The Back Arrow button gets you back to the opening screen (see Figure 1). If you made any changes to your presentation, then pressing the Back Arrow button will also prompt you to save your changes (see Figure 3, below)

      Save Changes?
      Figure 3: Save Changes?

    • Save Changes? The Page button brings up File Options (see Figure 4) – here you can share your presentation via email, save any changes, or save to a new file. Additionally you can access any Custom Shows you may have created. Do note that you cannot create these Custom Shows on the iPhone version of Office Mobile – you can only view Custom Shows already created for the open presentation. To go back to your presentation, click the Down Arrow button highlighted in red in Figure 4, below.

      File Options
      Figure 4: File Options

    • Save Changes? The Page/Pencil button brings up Editing Tools (see Figure 5) – here you can edit slide text, move the slide (reorder slides) and also hide slides. Hidden slides can also be unhidden. To go back to your presentation, click the Down Arrow button highlighted in red in Figure 5, below.

      Editing Tools
      Figure 5: Editing Tools

    • Save Changes? The Slide Sorter button brings up Slide Sorter view (see Figure 6) – this will be familiar to all regular PowerPoint users. However you cannot reorder or delete slides here – rather you can only see the slides in your presentation within this view. To go back to your presentation, click the Done button highlighted in blue in Figure 6, below.

      Slide Sorter view
      Figure 6: Slide Sorter view

  • You can also change the orientation of your slides by rotating your iOS device – this shows you a full slide view (see Figure 7).

    Full slide view
    Figure 7: Full slide view

    Note that tapping on the center of the screen will bring up the orange bar with 4 buttons in this orientation (see Figure 8).

    The orange bar
    Figure 8: The orange bar

So, this is how you can work with PowerPoint files on Office Mobile – in subsequent tutorials we will explore more ideas and techniques.


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