to formatting of your selected text andan editing mode that allows you to typenew text. These two modes use twodifferent methods for selecting text, soyou need to change the way you workdepending on the mode you're in.In editing mode, Word uses anon-standard means of text selection:You double-tap a word to select it thenuse the selection tool as you normallywould. Given that this deviates fromthe way you normally select text in iOS,I found this difficult to discover. Oncetext is selected you can change itsformatting, copy, paste, or add acomment to the selected text, but thereis no option for cutting the selectedtext. Using editing mode you can alsochange formatting where your cursor appears in the document, so anything newyou type will reflect the changes you've made.In Preview mode, select your text the way you normally do in any other iOS app,tap the text formatting tool, and make your formatting changes. But, once you’vemade changes this way you are once again working in the app’s editing mode, soyou can no longer select your text the way you did in Preview mode, instead youhave to double-tap the text to make further formatting changes.Of the three Office Mobile apps, Excel is the most polished. Office Mobile’sspreadsheet tool offers over 125 built-in functions, the ability to select spreadsheetcells to create charts, and, when editing functions, supports tapping cells to addtheir contents to the function field you’re creating. But it has a frustrating lack ofintelligence when it comes to the type of data you’re editing in a cell. So, while it’spossible to change the format of a cell to date, percentage, or currency format, theapp’s keypad doesn’t automatically recognize those differences.It also fails to differentiate between textand numbers. So, even if you have aspreadsheet cell containing numericdata, you still get a standard QWERTYkeyboard; that means tapping a coupleof keys before you can enter the datayou need. Contrast this with Numbers,Apple’s spreadsheet app, which isaware of the kind of data being enteredin a field and adjusts the keyboardaccordingly.
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