Office on HoloLens FAQ

What Office apps can I use with the HoloLens Development Edition?

Currently Word Preview, Excel Preview, PowerPoint Preview, OneNote Preview, Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar are supported.

Is an Office 365 subscription required to use Office documents on HoloLens?

For OneNote, viewing, creating and editing notebooks is free and doesn't require a subscription. For Word, PowerPoint, and Excel, viewing documents is free. You will initially need a subscription to edit documents, worksheets, and presentations. We’ll remove this restriction for HoloLens Development Edition in the Summer timeframe. During this interim period, you can get a one-month trial subscription. Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar are free to use with the HoloLens Development Edition.

Can I open and save Office documents from HoloLens regardless of where they are stored?

You can open files from the Recent documents list in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote as well as rename and create documents, worksheets, presentations, and notebooks. If you want to look for other files not accessible via the Recent documents list or save a copy of an open file, you’ll need to first install OneDrive (or Dropbox or Box) from the Windows Store on HoloLens.

Can I spell check my document when using Word on HoloLens?

Not at this time. If you are prompted to install proofing tools, just close the message bar. Also, you may notice squiggly lines flagging potential spelling errors, but no suggestions will be provided.

Can I print documents that I opened and/or edited using HoloLens?

Not at this time. However, you can open documents, worksheets, presentations, messages and calendar items that you created or edited on HoloLens using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, OneNote, Outlook Mail, or Outlook Calendar on your favorite platform (e.g., Windows, Mac, Android or iOS), and print them from there.

Can I send files that I created or modified using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote on HoloLens as attachments?

You can send files using web clients like (via Edge on HoloLens) or Outlook Mail. You can also open documents, worksheets, presentations, and notebooks that you created or edited on HoloLens using Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote on your favorite platform or device, and send them from there. Be aware that clicking Share, and then Send as attachment from within Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote may not work from HoloLens. You can also directly share from Word, Excel, PowerPoint and OneNote on HoloLens by clicking Share, which will send a direct link rather than an attachment.

Can I enable shape recognition in OneNote?

You can try to enable shape recognition on the Draw tab of the ribbon, but know that this is early code and may operate inconsistently.

Do notifications, reminders, and Cortana integration work in Outlook Mail and Outlook Calendar?

Not at this time.

Still have questions?

Please check out the HoloLens forum to connect with and get help from others.

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