Microsoft update adds printing to Office for iPad apps

by David Needle

April 29 2014

An update to Office for iPad apps adds printing and new formatting options.
An update to Office for iPad apps adds printing and new formatting options.

About a month after finally releasing versions of its three most popular Office apps for the iPad, Microsoft has addressed a key complaint, the inability to print from those apps.

Also, the new print feature extends to both the free and paid (Office 365 subscription required) version of the Office apps. 

In the free version you can only view (not create or edit) Excel, PowerPoint and Word files on the iPad, but now you can also print those files. 

"Your top request is here!," Microsoft said in a blog post.

"You can now print Word documents, Excel spreadsheets, and PowerPoint presentations to an AirPrint printer. In Word for iPad, you can choose to print a document with or without markup. In Excel, print a selected range, a single worksheet or an entire spreadsheet. Of course, you can select the pages or slides you want to print."

(See also: Office for iPad Review: Microsoft delivers three outstanding apps)

Another new feature, SmartGuides in PowerPoint, is designed to easily help you align pictures, shapes, and textboxes as you move them around on a slide to perfect your presentation.

One other new feature (along with several bug fixes and stability improvements) is AutoFit in Excel which now lets you adjust the width of multiple rows or the height of multiple columns at the same time. The idea is that with just a few taps, you’ll be able to better display what's in your spreadsheet without hiding any content.

(Tablet productivity and effective iPad deployments will be a major focus of the Tablet Strategy conference coming to New York on May 6, 2014)

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