The new things in Office 2016, in this example,..  Word Reading mode !  

Oostdam.Info Microsoft Office 2016 logo collectionNow that the preview releases of Office 2016 has been released, it is time for some articles about the new Office 2016 functions and possibilities. Of course there is only a "preview" version available for the public, but until the date of release, lets call this product Office 2016. Personally I'm very happy with the developments in the Office suite. As an Office 365 user I see changes and improvements to the product every couple of months. In spite of the fact that Office 365 is very handy, there is also quit a demand for the offline version. These series of articles will help you get used to new functionalities and look and feels. Have fun reading them!

This article is about the general changes in the Word application. Lets go back in time a little. As of the earliest text editors, Reading and editing a document where quit the same, mainly on desktops or laptops reading and editing on documents was done. Now, the world has changed and all kind of devices are able to read and edit (Office) documents. The new Microsoft Office version is very capable of handling these new devices and the way people use them to read and modify documents. This article is about the way to put Office Word in "reading" mode, so you cannot accidently modify something on your tablet, and at the same time, use screen swiping to browse through the pages.

In the upper right corner you see the default settings that are available through-out the entire office suite.
Oostdam.Info Word Read mode / tablet swiping
The common "book" icon is available there between the feedback and the collaborate icons. By default a document that you open yourself is in editing mode. Clicking on this icon will change the mode to "reading" and it adds immediately the tablet swiping possibilities to the screen. Sure,..  you could do that in a regular Word document to, but that was always a bit unhandy and unresponsive. This new reading mode provides you the full tablet and reading experience that you expect from a tablet mode.

While you are in reading mode, there are the three dots in the upper right corner to get your bars back when your done.  Clicking on that, you will get the bar back, but now the reading icon is replaced by the new "Edit" icon like shown in the picture here on the right. Oostdam.Info Office Word back to editing mode

Clicking on that icon will return you to the editing mode and from there on you are free to start the normal stuff like commenting, saving or opening another document to read.

I'm personally really glad with this new very responsive reading mode in Word, and I hope you will be too!

I hope this article was helpful for you, and enjoy work with the new Office Suite!

Tip: When sharing or collaborating a document in read only mode, the default opening it this Reading mode.



Ben Oostdam picture - afbeeldingBen Oostdam has been working with Windows systems since 1993. He worked for several companies as a system administrator, besides his own company and is currently a Senior System Engineer for an IT company in the Netherlands, specialized in System Center & Cloud-based Solutions.

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