The new Office 2013 suite offers delightful new dimensions to your Windows 8 touch-optimized experience by offering newer styles of interactions that are touch-based. A number of new touch-based gestures have been included by Microsoft in its latest Office productivity suite to improve user’s overall experience and help them quickly perform tasks when working on a touch screen device.

Touch Mode, a new feature in Office 2013, toggles a new display mode that’s optimized for fingertips. It is simple and efficient to use and allows you to access all the features of Office 2013 from all touch-screen devices. When you toggle the Touch Mode in Office 2013, the onscreen controls quickly space out from each other, thus offering you better accessibility via touch. This feature offers you a great user experience whether you are working on a tablet or on a desktop, thus making the most common tasks fast, fluid, and intuitive.

However, by default, Office 2013 does not open with a touch-optimized interface and you need to manually activate the Touch Mode to get the best out of your Office 2013 productivity suite. For this,

  1. Open any one of the Office 2013 program, such as Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, etc.
  2. Locate the ‘Customize Quick Access Toolbar.’ You can find it in the customizable set of icons that are placed in the upper left corner of the application window in the form of a down arrow.
  3. Right click the toolbar to expand the drop-down menu.
  4. From the drop-down options, select the ‘Touch’ mode to add the Touch Mode to the Quick Access Toolbar.

From now on, to enable Touch Mode in Office 2013, all you need to do is to tap the Touch Mode icon and you will immediately notice that the interface has spread out and has become more spacious, thus offering you enhanced accessibility and better accuracy when using your fingers to select options or menu items.