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Microsoft Adds Touch Bar Support to Office for Mac for MacBook Pro 2016 Users

MacBook Pro 2016

Initially announced in October the Touch Bar support for Office apps was made available earlier this month in a preview for Insider Members only. Now the Redmond-based company has announced that the Touch Bar support is out of preview and available for everyone.

With the Touch Bar support, users will get a new object rotation slider on the Touch Bar for a "more intuitive and precise rotation experience," said Kirk Koenigsbauer, Microsoft Office's corporate vice president in a blog post.

Microsoft Office Word

While using Microsoft Word, the Touch Bar offers users access to Word Focus mode, which essentially hides all the on-screen ribbons and commands to allow you to focus on work at hand. Users can access relevant features that are required by the users (like formatting features, cut/ copy/ paste options, font styles) from the Touch Bar. Notably, users can also add hyperlinks, comments, and photos directly from the Touch Bar itself.

Microsoft Office PowerPoint

In PowerPoint, users will be able to get control of the graphic elements with the Touch Bar. "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," Koenigsbauer said. Users can use the object rotation slider on the Touch Bar within the app as well. When the presentation is in slideshow view mode, users will be able to get elements and controls such as thumbnails and timer on the Touch Bar.

Microsoft Office Excel

In Excel, when users type the "equal" sign in a cell, the Touch Bar will come into action and provide them with the most recently used features. Koenigsbauer said, "The Touch Bar also provides quick access to borders, cell colors and recommended charts-making it easier than ever to organize and visualize your data."

Microsoft Office Outlook

Finally, in Outlook, the users get a list of recent documents on the OLED strip while composing a new mail. These documents can be added as attachments with a simple tap. Further, from the Today view on Touch Bar, users will be able to see their calendar events for the day as well as join Skype or Business meeting.

Source: Office Blogs
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