Office For iPad Improves Shortcuts, Adds PDF Export

Office for iPad has just received its first major update since its launch back in March. Our favourite feature of the new release? New shortcut gestures and keyboard support.

One particularly nifty enhancement is the flick gesture for selecting areas of data. If you grab the selection handle and flick it in any direction, the cells from where you started to the next blank cell will be automatically selected, making it easy to select the rest of a column or row. Excel has also added support for most of the existing Excel keyboard shortcuts if you use a hardware keyboard. (Check out our guide to the 10 most useful Excel keyboard shortcuts if you're not familiar with them.)

The ability to export a document in PDF format has been added to Word, Excel and PowerPoint for iPad. This works even if you don't have an Office 365 subscription and are merely using the apps in viewing mode.

Other improvements include better interaction with pivot tables in Excel and the addition of Presenter View in PowerPoint, so you can see both your slides and notes on-screen. Check the full list of updates at the announcement post.

Office for iPad: now with Presenter View, Pivot Table interaction, Export to PDF, and more top-requested features [Office Blogs]


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