MacBook Pro Touch Bar support now available for Office 2016 for Mac


Originally previewed last week for beta users, MacBook Pro owners at large can now access special shortcut features on the Touch Bar for Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, Excel, and even Outlook.

The support ultimately means that Office for Mac users can make use of the new MacBook Pro Touch Bar in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint to achieve more. These features were originally announced during Apple's October event past year. Today, the company has started rolling out Touch Bar support for the Office apps to all users.

In Word, the Touch Bar support will activate a new mode, Word Focus Mode, which essentially removes all of the UI from the program and focuses on the main content. In this mode, the document you're working on takes up the entire display, sans distractions like screen ribbons, commands and additional windows. The Touch Bar is ideal for this moment, putting the most relevant Word features at your fingertips.

Microsoft also added a new slider to the Touch Bar so you can rotate an object-like an image or a new layer-more precisely in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. You can also now insert comments, photos or hyperlinks directly from Touch Bar. Controls are now available on the Touch Bar when your presentation is available in Slideshow View, including slide thumbnails and a timer to help you keep track of time as you present. From there you can tap to select a range and perform a specific function.

Outlook on the Touch Bar can tack on attachments to emails with a single press of the touch-sensitive screen, as well as look up calendar appointments and even join in on meetings via Skype.



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