Office for Mac gains Touch Bar support

Today, Apple announced its latest MacBook Pro that offers a unique dynamic 'Touch Bar' display that takes the place of the traditional static function keys. Although Microsoft did not make an official presentation at the event, Apple's SVP Phil Schiller did give a brief overview of how Microsoft's Office for Mac would take advantage of the all-new Touch Bar.

'Word Focus' mode in Office for Mac

In Word, the Touch Bar will enable users to enter what Microsoft is calling 'Word Focus' mode. The feature will hide all of the on-screen ribbons and interface elements, allowing the user to simply focus on their work. If the user needs to change a font or feature, the Touch Bar will offer one-touch options.

In Excel, the Touch Bar will allow users quick access to important formulae, making for a more productive and efficient experience. The Touch Bar will also offer users access to basic features like the ability to change the borders, cell colors and more.

Similar to Word and Excel, Outlook and PowerPoint will also gain special menus and hotkeys within the Touch Bar. Microsoft has offered the details below in regards to each program.

In Outlook:

Finally, the Touch Bar in Outlook provides quick access to the most commonly used commands as you work on email and manage your calendar. When composing a new mail, the Touch Bar displays a list of recent documents. One tap and you can add a file—either as an attachment or a link. And from the Today view on the Touch Bar you can not only see your calendar events for the day, but even join a Skype for Business meeting.

In PowerPoint:

Touch Bar commands in PowerPoint allow you to easily manipulate graphic elements. The Reorder Objects button produces a graphical map of all the layers on a slide, making it easy to find the right object and move it where you want it. And by sliding your finger across the Touch Bar you can easily rotate an object to get just the right angle.

While it is tough to say how useful all these Touch Bar additions will be, it does certainly add a different dynamic to one's workflow. As Microsoft pushes forward by offering full touch screen support on its devices and unique accessories, Apple chooses a slightly different approach with its MacBook Pro line and its very different Touch Bar display.

Source: Office Blogs

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