Have you noticed the miraculous Touch Mode in Office 2013?

Using Office on a Windows touch tablet is difficult – because all the buttons and menu options are very close together. You end up choosing the wrong option by mistake. Frustrating! Solution has been given since the Office 2013 version was released. On top left corner of Office tools, look for the Touch Mode button.

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Choose Touch Mode and miraculously your problem is solved – instantly. Of course, number of options available do not reduce (that is not an option for Microsoft!). But the SPACING between them increases so that you can confidently touch what you want with your finger.

Also notice that the right click menus, drop downs and galleries also get spaced out. Can you even begin to imagine how much extra effort went into implementing this feature? Appreciate it and use it!

Managing large mailboxes on small capacity tablets

There is a paradoxical situation. If you use Office 365, you get a 50 GB mailbox. At the same time, we are using portable and mobile laptops and tablets (Windows tablets like Surface Pro). These have very little storage – typically 0.5 to 1 TB. We are used to storing the entire mailbox on PC for offline usage convenience for decades. What is the solution?

Just store the recent  mails on the tablets. Outlook offers a nice and simple configuration option in File – Account Settings – Offline Settings. Reduce the offline storage of mail to ONE month (or whatever is convenient). That’s it.

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For mail which is not stored locally, you can always use Outlook Web Access. It is more powerful than ever before now. Amazing feature set!