Earlier this year, ahead of its annual developer conference, WWDC, Apple introduced the new iPad Pro with a slew of enhancements including, finally, trackpad support on the iPad. Then with iPadOS 13.4, trackpad support was shipped to all iPads that were compatible with the update. Since then, it’s been a pretty big feature for iPads, but it’s still catching up in terms of actual app compatibility. While it’s been quite a while since iPadOS 13.4 was first introduced, trackpad support is still being added in some of the larger iPad apps.
Today, Microsoft announces that its Office applications for iPad now finally have trackpad support on iPadOS 14. This change applies to Microsoft 360 applications including Microsoft Word, Excel and Powerpoint, and brings the iPad closer to being a fully capable computer. , and not just a tablet.
With trackpad support, navigation and operations within compatible Microsoft applications will now be easier than ever. Particularly in Microsoft Excel, where you can now select ranges of cells with a trackpad or mouse. This was also possible before this, but it wasn’t as natural or intuitive as it will be now, courtesy of the trackpad. This also means that all basic Office interactions, such as selecting and highlighting text or resizing images in a presentation, can also be done with more natural trackpad gestures rather than touchscreen interactions.
Microsoft says the updates will roll out to all users in a few weeks, so in case you don’t already have trackpad support in Office apps, keep an eye out for new updates.
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