Touch Bar Support in Microsoft Office for Mac Rolls Out to All Users

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  1. MacRumors macrumors bot


    Apr 12, 2001

    Starting today, Microsoft Office users who own one of Apple's new 2016 MacBook Pro models can update their Word, Excel, and PowerPoint software to gain new Touch Bar integrations.

    Touch Bar support for Microsoft Office was first announced at Apple's October keynote event where the updated MacBook Pro with Touch Bar debuted. At that time, Microsoft outlined the Touch Bar's capabilities, highlighting unique capabilities for Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and Outlook.

    In Microsoft Word, the Touch Bar can be used with Word Focus Mode, which hides all on-screen ribbons and commands to put the focus on your work. The Touch Bar puts "the most relevant Word features" at a user's fingertips, allowing for quick style changes.


    In PowerPoint, the Touch Bar makes it easier to manipulate graphic elements. A Reorder Objects button creates a graphical map of all the layers, so users can quickly find an object and move its position. There are also special controls that are available in Slideshow View.


    With Excel, the Touch Bar displays the most recently used functions when the equals sign is typed into a cell, so it's quicker to do things like sum a range of numbers. The Touch Bar also provides access to borders, cell colors, and recommended charts.


    Microsoft has also added new capabilities to the Touch Bar during its testing period. The Touch Bar can also be used to insert comments, photos, and hyperlinks into Word, it includes view-specific controls in PowerPoint, and there's an object rotation slider for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint.

    Last week, Microsoft previewed Touch Bar support, providing it to its "Office Insider" beta testers, but now the service is ready to roll out to all Office users.

    Touch Bar support is currently only available for Word, Excel, and PowerPoint, but Microsoft also plans expand it to Outlook and Skype for Business in the near future.

    Article Link: Touch Bar Support in Microsoft Office for Mac Rolls Out to All Users
  2. Mascots macrumors 65816


    Sep 5, 2009
    I'm probably one of the few people thrilled to have contextual controls brought to the Mac's hardware.
  3. Lihp8270 macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2016
    I can see the benefits. Especially for stuff that isn't common enough to remember the shortcuts easily. And are 2 or more clicks away.

    I'm hoping for a good implementation in Fusion360.

    As for word, I have office 355 so will be nice to get this feature. I played around with pages and really like the Apple implementation. Hopefully Microsofts is comparable, as I can't use pages for my work.
  4. KPOM macrumors G5

    Oct 23, 2010
    It's good to see a major developer support Touch Bar.
  5. macintoshmac macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2010
    I am too.
  6. Mobster1983 macrumors 6502

    Sep 8, 2011
    Damn. Just got done editing a 40 page article yesterday. No I have to wait a couple weeks to really try it out. Lol.

    Very glad to see this though. Much prefer pages, but have to use Word a lot.
  7. pj-uk macrumors member

    Mar 25, 2011
    Not going to be able to test this for a few days. Any sign of being able to cycle through relative/absolute cell references in Excel? I know apple+T does this, but a single key short cut would be appreciated.
  8. TallGuyGT macrumors regular


    Aug 8, 2011
    Glad to hear people are finding the Touch Bar implementations are useful. I have Office 365, now I'm just waiting on the 2017 MBP to be released! (really hoping they can cram in a larger battery this year, otherwise I'll keep my 2014 which is still going strong)
  9. yogeewan macrumors regular

    Aug 29, 2010
    No customisation options yet but I assume that will not be too far away.
  10. nutmac macrumors 68040

    Mar 30, 2004
    That was a pleasant surprise. I am using BetterTouchTool to customize Touch Bar for 3rd party apps. But more native support the better.
  11. OS X Dude macrumors 6502a

    OS X Dude

    Jun 30, 2007
    Can't imagine using Word without the Ribbon and just relying on the 8 or so shortcuts visible on the Touch Bar - I like it all in front of me for quick changes.

    Looks useful for Excel and PowerPoint, though.
  12. btrach144 macrumors 65816


    Aug 28, 2015
    Actually excited to try this out. Still not sure if giving up dedicated function keys was worth it though...
  13. Lihp8270 macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2016
    tbh, I prefer the implementation in Pages.

    All the shortcuts that MS have done are accessible with 1 click, which is a bit of a waste.
  14. macintoshmac, Feb 16, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2017

    macintoshmac macrumors 65816


    May 13, 2010
  15. MartiNZ macrumors 65816


    Apr 10, 2008
    Auckland, New Zealand
    Wow really good to see MS doing this, would never before have described them as quick with the Mac office products.
  16. hagar macrumors 6502a

    Jan 19, 2008
    So, anybody got a touch Bar? Is it useful?
  17. triton100 macrumors regular

    Dec 15, 2010
    I love the touchbar. Some applications are so so in their use, but others Make the user experience incredible.

    I usually get chastised on here when I say that. Will wait a year till everyone catches up to realising how good it really is.
    --- Post Merged, Feb 16, 2017 ---
    Tall guy the 2016 MacBook Pro is awesome !
  18. JGRE macrumors 6502a


    Oct 10, 2011
    Dutch Mountains
    Really, office 355? :)
    --- Post Merged, Feb 16, 2017 ---
    No, seems a total (and [too] expensive) gimmick to me.
  19. Fzang macrumors 65816


    Jun 15, 2013
    I've actually grown quite fond of LaTeX recently... Word and Pages have too many hidden variables when things start to get complicated. Just when I bought a TB MBP lol.

    Word has a very useful mix of functions on the TB, whereas Pages is pretty much useless. Shortcuts for bold and italic? Really?

    Loving the TB for image editing shortcuts though.
  20. Lihp8270 macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2016
    Mac version, the missing 10 represents the difference in features that MS gives Windows and not us ;) :D
  21. SFjohn, Feb 16, 2017
    Last edited: Feb 16, 2017

    SFjohn macrumors newbie


    Sep 8, 2016
    So when you say All Users of Microsoft Office, you really mean Office 365 right? Or have they enhanced the 2011 Office for Mac as well, which your headline might seem to imply?
  22. Lihp8270 macrumors regular

    Dec 31, 2016
    I said from the start, the touchbar being a failure or success isn't down to Apple, but how well developers take advantage of it.

    When I first got the 2016 tMBP I didn't use it all that often, but as I get used to it, I find myself using it more and more. It's one of those things you don't think you want, but when you go back to one without it, you miss it. The more familiar I am getting with it, the less I find I need to look at it to know where the stuff is that I use.
  23. LindseyA macrumors newbie


    Jan 15, 2016
    Concord, MA
    I'm experiencing crashes when using the open function in office 2016. I have a late 2011 Mac. This started with the upgrade before the touch bar upgrade. My workaround is just to use the Finder to open documents.
  24. jacg macrumors 6502a


    Jan 16, 2003
    That's awesome. Can I paste and match style with a short cut yet? If not, I'm going to have to stick with Office 2011. Because of productivity.

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