MS Office Touch Bar Support

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  1. schmidti91 macrumors regular

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    I use Office 365 but there's no Touch Bar support so far as shown in the keynote. Do I have to enable it or is it just announced for the future?
     
  2. Phil A. Moderator

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    It was announced but hasn't been released yet
     
  3. Tensakun macrumors 6502

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    I've read a few places (sorry, no sources at hand) that MS plans to jump in and support the Touch Bar. I can imagine several useful buttons for Word, PowerPoint and Excel. In PPT, would be nice to just press a button to enter slideshow mode, without remember a keyboard shortcut or moving the cursor down to a tiny button.
     
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    Supposedly coming soon. Hope soon actually means soon!
     
  5. marka351 macrumors member

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    Hopefully it will be available in the home version of office as I don't want to go the year or monthly subscription route that Office 365 is.
     
  6. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816

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    If you want it, you can easily have it (Software Update in the Office Updater and then check the Betas Tab and do Fastest Betas) and it'll download the version with Touch Bar support. I've had it for about a week now, it's nothing amazing. When I'm doing word I find my fingers are always on the keys and trackpad anyhow, so doesn't bring a lot of value. Especially considering over the years the stuff I use most (bold, fonts, italic) I have learned hotkeys for anyhow.
     
  7. Mastiha macrumors newbie

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    I've tried this but I don't have the Touch Bar update.
     
  8. happyslayer macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks for the clue about the betas. I'm downloading now.
     
  9. Mastiha, Dec 25, 2016
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    Still not sure what I'm doing wrong here. Can I just check what the latest release is? Mine says 15.31.
     
  10. jft94 macrumors regular

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    Were you able to get it to work? I updated to the beta but there are still no Touch Bar features.
     
  11. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816

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    Weird, not sure why it's not working for you. I downloaded it and it has touch bar support, however my friend downloaded the beta today and his doesn't.

    Not sure, maybe they pulled it?
     
  12. shyam09 macrumors 68000

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    I looked into this because I'm unfamiliar with Powerpoint for Mac shortcuts (windows user), and holy ****. Command + Shift + Return to start a slideshow from the beginning vs. F5 on the Windows version of powerpoint. That's crazy.

    A slideshow mode button would be extremely useful.
     
  13. sguser macrumors regular

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    I'm on the Fast Ring, build 15.31.161220 and I don't see Touch Bar support.
     
  14. borgusio macrumors regular

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    This is the same impression I had while playing with it at the apple store. I did not buy yet. What are the use cases where you find the touchbar to be useful?
     
  15. Brookzy macrumors 601

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    So far you're the only person who has the Touch Bar version (or at least claims to have it). What version number do you have? Where did you download it from?
     
  16. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816

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    Office Insider Beta Program (Set to Fastest). I had set it to slow last week and when I set it to fastest, it downloaded this version.

    Microsoft Word 15.31 (161226)

    I just tried uninstalling it and reinstalling it and I got 161220.

    EDIT: just launched the new version and now back to NO touch bar support ... damn it! :-( I must have run the updater while they had it posted and now for some reason they've taketh it away?
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    I don't find the touchbar to be useful, TBH. I keep racking my brains for a situation where it would be. Even apps that support it, I don't want to take my eyes off the screen just to use a touch bar. It's a gimmick, nothing more.

    The one thing I do love is the touchID to unlock. I'm really surprised the non touch bar doesn't have a touchID button as big on it as apple tries to be. I do love the laptop, but it's nothing groundbreaking.
     
  17. kwandrews macrumors 6502

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    Neither do I. I'm on the fastest releases, O365 (business license) and don't have it either. Odd. If you had it and then they pulled it with an update, then it has to be pretty close to getting back in the betas. Must have been a pretty significant bug.
     
  18. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816

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    Who knows. I don't much play with office betas, as I hardly use office. Hard to tell when they add new "features" aside from stuff like touch bar.
     
  19. Mastiha macrumors newbie

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    I got an update this morning to version 161227 but hot touch bar support in this version either.
     
  20. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816

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    I just updated too, me neither. Wonder why MSFT added it and pulled it so quick. I swear I wasn't dreaming, and I don't use drugs. LOL
     
  21. kipwheeler macrumors member

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    Hmm. I teach college composition, and I often type up feedback for upper-division students regarding grammar in their essays. I've long had old-fashioned macros set up in MS Word so I could hit a key-combination and insert canned, pre-typed materials on common grammar problems for specific students. (For instance, if a kid has problems with passive voice, I could hit a set of keys and insert a couple paragraphs explaining the problem, providing examples, suggesting how to fix it, etc.).

    Do you guys suppose it would be possible to set up the same thing with custom buttons on the touch bar? Or is that something better suited to scripts, given the problems macros can have with malware?
     
  22. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816

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    Nobody can answer that question since it's not even released via beta yet.
     
  23. deadworlds macrumors 6502a

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    In another thread a member talked about a program that could create customs key combinations for specific apps for the touch bar. I believe it was called bettertouch bar or something similar.

    Link to thread: http://forums.macrumors.com/threads...ouchbar-an-absolutely-killer-feature.2024257/
     
  24. chriscrowlee macrumors 65816

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    Reply to them and ask for more details, or google it and go to https://www.boastr.net/bettertouchtool-pre-alpha-with-touch-bar-support/ to read more about it and see if it does what you want.
     
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