Edit an Excel spreadsheet on a smartphone

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Suppose that you're on the go, and you want to get some work done on an important spreadsheet. With Office 365, you're all set to work on your file from wherever you are, using your smartphone. Watch the video to see how this works on an Android phone, and scroll down to see how to perform this task across a variety of devices.

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The following procedure describes how to perform this task on an Android phone. However, you can use another device as well. See Specific "how to" instructions for your device.

To edit a spreadsheet using Excel on an Android phone
  1. On your Android phone, open Excel.

  2. If this is your first time using the app, sign in to Office 365 for business using your work or school account.

  3. In Excel, under Recent, choose a file that you've worked on recently. (Our example is called Marketing event budget example.xlsx.)

  4. To edit the contents of a cell, tap to select it, and then type what you want in the cell. Select the green checkmark to save your entry.

  5. When you're done editing, save and close the file.

Specific "how to" instructions for your device

To edit a spreadsheet using Excel on your Windows computer or tablet
  1. On your computer or tablet, open Excel 2016.

  2. In Excel, under Recent, choose a file that you've worked on recently. (Our example is called Marketing event budget example.xlsx.)

  3. To edit the contents of a cell, tap to select it, and then type what you want in the cell. Then press Enter.

  4. When you're done editing, save and close the file.

To edit a spreadsheet using Excel on your Mac
  1. On your computer, open Excel 2016 for Mac.

  2. In Excel, under Recent, choose a file that you've worked on recently. (Our example is called Marketing event budget example.xlsx.)

  3. To edit the contents of a cell, tap to select it, and then type what you want in the cell. Then press Return.

  4. When you're done editing, save and close the file.

To edit a spreadsheet using Excel on an Android phone
  1. On your Android phone, open Excel.

  2. If this is your first time using the app, sign in to Office 365 for business using your work or school account.

  3. In Excel, under Recent, choose a file that you've worked on recently. (Our example is called Marketing event budget example.xlsx.)

  4. To edit the contents of a cell, tap to select it, and then type what you want in the cell. Select the green checkmark to save your entry.

  5. Save and close the file.

To edit a spreadsheet using Excel on an iPad or iPhone
  1. On your iiPad or iPhone, open Excel.

  2. In Excel, under Recent, choose a file that you've worked on recently. (Our example is called Marketing event budget example.xlsx.)

  3. If your spreadsheet is in read-only mode, tap Edit.

  4. To edit the contents of a cell, tap to select it, and then type what you want in the cell. Select the green checkmark to save your entry.

  5. Close the file.

To edit a spreadsheet using Excel on your Windows Phone
  1. On your Windows Phone, open the Office Hub app.

  2. Tap Recent, and then choose a file that you've worked on recently. (Our example is called Marketing event budget example.xlsx.)

  3. To edit the contents of a cell, tap to select it, and then tap the formula bar.

  4. Type what you want in the cell, and then tap the Enter key.

  5. Press the Back button to stop editing.

  6. Press the Back button again to exit Excel for Windows Phone 10. If you're asked whether to save your changes, choose yes.

To edit a spreadsheet using Excel Online on your device
  1. Using the web browser on your device, go to http://portal.office.com and sign in to Office 365 for business using your work or school account.

  2. On your home screen or your Office 365 app launcher, choose Excel Online.

  3. Under Recent, choose a file that you've worked on recently. (Our example is called Marketing event budget example.xlsx.)

  4. Choose Edit Workbook > Edit in Excel Online.

  5. To edit the contents of a cell, select that cell, and then type your entry. Press Enter to enter your text in the cell.

When you edit a spreadsheet in Excel Online, your changes are saved automatically.

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