Top Customizations for Getting More Out of Microsoft Office for iPad

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Settings or Features to Customize in Microsoft Office for iPad

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(c) iPad Apps for Productivity. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg

Microsoft Office for iPad offers a clean, straight-forward user interface, but as any user of office software knows, a few settings may be lurking in the background doing unexpected things.

Here's how to take control of your Office for iPad experience with a few simple settings. Taking mere minutes to go over these could save you some headaches!

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How to Turn AutoSave Options On or Off in Microsoft Office for iPad

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Saving Options in Microsoft Word for iPad. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg

By default, Microsoft Office for iPad programs work on an AutoSave principle. To turn AutoSave off (not recommended), select the icon in the upper left, which looks like a paper with refresh arrows.

Then, move the AutoSave slider to on or off.

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Restore a Previous Version of an Office for iPad Document

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(c) Restoring a Document in PowerPoint for iPad. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg

The previous slide showed how to turn AutoSaving on or off, which affects whether or not you can restore a previous version of a document in Microsoft Office for iPad.

Again, select the icon with the page and the refresh arrows. Then select Restore and make your selection. If this is grayed out, it may be that you do not have previous versions saved or have not set up your online account.

 

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How to Track Changes in Microsoft Office for iPad

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How to Track Changes in Word for iPad. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg, Courtesy of Microsoft

Microsoft Word for iPad allows you to toggle a feature known as Track Changes on or off.

This is an editing feature. Once selected, Track Changes keeps a record of what you change in a document from that point forward. Then, other editors can accept or reject those changes.

To activate, tap the Review tab and swipe the Track Changes slider to the right.

 

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How to Turn Spell Check On or Off in Microsoft Office for iPad

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Check Spelling in Microsoft Word for iPad. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg

Microsoft Office for iPad does not include a full-fledged, itemized spell check process like you may be used to in desktop versions. Instead, Microsoft Office for iPad programs is set to continually check your spelling by default.

While creating a document, you can double tap any words marked with red. This gives you options for replacements, or you can just manually re-type the offending word.

If you do want to switch spell check on or off, select View – Swipe the slider left or right according to your preference.

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Microsoft OneDrive for Business

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Signing Into Microsoft OneDrive on iPad. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg

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

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

What is OneDrive for Business?

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

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Tablet Menu in Microsoft PowerPoint for iPad. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg

Apple's iPad features a built-in AirPlay utility for sharing to other peripherals. If you have an Apple TV or similar screen hooked up, you can do AirPlay Mirrroring to this screen for a PowerPoint.

While presenting your slide show, you would access the iPad's system menu by swiping upward from the bottom of the screen, for example.

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

 

 

 

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Use the Office Lens Feature on Microsoft OneNote for Ipad

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Microsoft Office Lens in OneNote for iPad. (c) Screenshot by Cindy Grigg

Microsoft's Office Lens capabilities in OneNote for iPad allow you to photograph and then digitize documents into an existing set of notes, such as a very sloppily-written recipe for Peanut Butter Bars.

Once you've downloaded Office Lens to your iPad, here's how you capture information. Open Microsoft OneNote - Insert - Camera - Take a picture using the purple shutter button on the right - Swipe left (or tap 'Document') - Tap Check Mark Icon (bottom right).

One of the coolest things about this is, you don't even have to line up the document when you snap your picture of it. The image shown here will be straightened out. You can also play with the cropping.

 

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

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Lync 2013 Videoconferencing. (c) Courtesy of Microsoft

Consider adding communication apps to your Office for iPad lineup.

Here are three options to check out:

 

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