The best settings to get more out of Microsoft Office for iPad

Microsoft Office for iPad offers a simple and clean user interface, but as any office software user knows, some settings can hide in the background and do unexpected things.

Here’s how to manage your Office for iPad with a few simple settings. You can get rid of your headache in a few minutes!

Contents
  1. Options or features to customize in Microsoft Office for iPad
  2. Turn autosave options on or off in Microsoft Office for iPad
  3. Restore an earlier version of an Office document for iPad
  4. Track changes in Microsoft Office for iPad
  5. Turn spell check on or off in Microsoft Office for iPad
  6. Microsoft OneDrive for Business
  7. Use AirPlay Mirroring to Print or Present Microsoft Office Documents for iPad
  8. Use the Office Lens feature on Microsoft OneNote for iPad
  9. Add Lync 2013, Skype or Yammer to Microsoft Office for iPad

Options or features to customize in Microsoft Office for iPad

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Turn autosave options on or off in Microsoft Office for iPad

By default, use Microsoft Office for iPad to save programs automatically. To disable autosave (not recommended), select the icon in the top left corner, that looks like paper with refresh arrows.

Than move the autosave slider to on or off

Restore an earlier version of an Office document for iPad

The previous slide shows how to enable autosave incl. or from which affects the ability to restore a previous version of a document in Microsoft Office for iPad.

Again select page icon and refresh arrows † Then select To recover and make your choice. If it’s grayed out, you may not have a backup of previous versions or you haven’t set up your online account.

Track changes in Microsoft Office for iPad

Microsoft Word for iPad allows you to enable or disable a feature known as change tracking.

This is the edit function. After you select Track Changes, the changes you’ve made to the document since then are tracked. Other editors can then accept or reject these changes.

To activate, click on Overview tab And swipe the Change tracking slider to the right

Turn spell check on or off in Microsoft Office for iPad

Microsoft Office for iPad does not include the full, granular spell-checking process that you may have used in the desktop versions. Instead, Microsoft Office for iPad programs are set to always check spelling by default.

When creating a document, you can double click on a word marked in red. This will give you options for substitution, or you can just type the offending word manually.

To turn spell check on or off, select View – slide the slider left or right according to your preference.

Microsoft OneDrive for Business

Consider customizing your Office for iPad experience by upgrading your Microsoft OneDrive cloud account for more control, storage, and options. You may be interested in Microsoft OneDrive for Business.

If you’re willing to pay more, the benefits may be worth it to you or your professional team.

Use AirPlay Mirroring to Print or Present Microsoft Office Documents for iPad

The Apple iPad has a built-in AirPlay utility for sharing with other peripherals. If you have an Apple TV display or similar connected, you can use AirPlay Mirroring on that display for PowerPoint.

While presenting the slideshow, you may have accessed the iPad’s system menu, such as: swipe up from the bottom of the screen

Depending on your printer, you may be able to use AirPlay to print.

Use the Office Lens feature on Microsoft OneNote for iPad

With the Microsoft Lens Office capabilities in OneNote for iPad, you can take a photo and then digitize documents into an existing set of notes, such as a very sloppy peanut butter bar recipe.

Downloading Office Lens to your iPad will teach you how to collect information. Open Microsoft OneNote – Paste – Camera – Take a photo with the purple shutter button on the right – Swipe left (or tap “Document”) – Press the check mark (bottom right)

One of the coolest things about this is that you don’t even have to flatten the document when you record it. The image shown here is corrected. You can also play with cutting.

Add Lync 2013, Skype or Yammer to Microsoft Office for iPad

Consider adding communication apps to the Office for iPad range.

Here are three options to check:

  • The Yammer app on iTunes is a social networking tool for businesses that organizes contacts, shared content, conversations, and more

  • Microsoft Lync for iPad on iTunes lets you communicate with others online through voice, video, instant messaging, and more.

  • Skype for iPad on iTunes is a nice personal option for online voice, video, instant messaging, and more.

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