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Beginner: How to Enable Touch Mode in Office 2013

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By default, even if you are on a touch enabled PC, Office 2013 doesn’t open with a touch optimized interface. This makes it hard to use because the interfaces elements are too close together. Here’s how to fix that.

Note: this was based on our testing, but it’s likely they will iron out any problems in the final release. Enabling or disabling touch mode will likely stay the same, so if you wanted to disable it, this would work in reverse.

Enabling Touch Mode

Click on the Customize Quick Access Toolbar and enable Touch Mode.

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You will see a new button appear in the Quick Access toolbar, click on it.

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You will immediately notice the interface spread out and become more spacious.

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That’s all there is to enabling touch mode.

Taylor Gibb is a Microsoft MVP and all round geek, he loves everything from Windows 8 to Windows Server 2012 and even C# and PowerShell. You can also follow him on Google+

  • Published 08/7/12

Comments (4)

  1. Nicholas

    “This makes it hard to use because the interfaces elements are /to/ close together.” That should be ‘too’, FYI.

  2. Taylor Gibb

    @Nicholas Thanks :) I have corrected it.

  3. stephen

    i wish to receive your daily news and updates

  4. Brenda

    In the Office 2013 lineup, you do not include Microsoft Access. Is that because it is not part of Office 2013, even in a separate versions labelled Professional?

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