What's New in Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneNote for iPhone and iPad

Want to get a quick overview of the features that are available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on your iOS devices (iPad, iPad Pro, and iPhone)? Take a look at the tables below. Also, check out the Featured updates section to find out which capabilities have been added most recently.

November 2016 featured update

Take a look at the table below to find out about some of the features that are being added this month. For more information about how to get the newest features, including the ones mentioned below, check this page.

Zoom Playback

In PowerPoint

You can now view interactive summaries and automatic navigation links that were created using the Zoom command in PowerPoint 2016 for Windows.

NOTE: These capabilities are also reflected in the tables below.

Featured updates

Below are a few of the great features and capabilities that are now available in Word, Excel, and PowerPoint on iOS. Also check out the links to additional content to help you take advantage of these improvements and additions. Note that some of the features listed below requires an Office 365 subscription.

Ink Annotations

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Use your finger or pen to write and draw, and use the tools on the new Draw tab to highlight content of particular interest.

Learn more about drawing and annotating with ink.

More Storage Options

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Already storing your documents in the cloud? You'll be happy to know that we're supporting saving not only to OneDrive and SharePoint, but also to Dropbox and Box.

Learn more about adding a connected service and supported 3rd party cloud storage services

Discover More Office Apps

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Ready to be more productive? You can now find out what new Office apps are available right from Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, and quickly install them on your device.

Learn more about discovering more Office apps for iPad and iPhone

Easier File Finding

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Know you worked on a document last week but can't recall where you saved it? Use Spotlight to quickly find recently opened documents. (iOS 9 required) 

Morph Transition *

PowerPoint

Create seamless transitions between slides and bring motion to your presentations to more effectively convey concepts and information.

Learn more about using the Morph transition in PowerPoint for iPad and iPhone.

* Requires an Office 365 subscription

Contextual Commands ^

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Ever struggle to locate and access the commands you need on your phone? Now you have quick access to commands that relate to what you're working on.

^ Only available on phones

Shared Notifications

In OneNote

Ever wonder if a shared notebook (stored on OneDrive) you use on a regular basis has been updated? Worry no longer! Just check the Notification Center to find out.

Export to ODF Support

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

You can now export documents, spreadsheets, and presentations to the OpenDocument Spreadsheet (.ods), OpenDocument Text (.odt), and OpenDocument Presentations (.odp) formats.

Learn more about supported file types.

Mobile View

Word

The Reflow view has a new name, Mobile view, but still delivers an optimized experience for reading, editing, and adding comments to documents on a small screen.

Learn more about using Word views to read or edit your documents.

Find Shared and Recent Files

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

See documents, workbooks, and presentations that others have recently shared with you, and search directly on the Shared and Recent tabs.

Learn more about seeing files others have shared with you.

Print in Another App

Word, Excel, and PowerPoint

Print your documents, workbooks, and presentations from the app of your choice.

Learn more about printing in another app.

Find

PowerPoint

Use the Find icon on the ribbon to search for any text in your presentation.

Learn more about finding text.

A New Way to Have a Laser Pointer *

PowerPoint

While showing your presentation from an iPhone that is connected to a projector, just press your thumb on the Notes area and point the iPhone at the screen to make the red dot appear. Move your wrist to point at different parts of the screen.

* Requires an Office 365 subscription and is only available on iPhones.

Smart Lookup

Word

Get useful information, images, definitions, and more. Press and hold a word or a phrase, and then choose Smart Lookup.

Learn more about finding definitions and getting insights from the web.

Try New Designs

OneNote

Want to try new designs to help you get around your notes? Go to Settings > Enable Experimental Features, try the new designs, and let us know what you think.

More Functions

Excel

Use CONCAT and TEXTJOIN to shorten your text formulas, or try forecasting functions to help you see the future.

Learn more about the CONCAT and TEXTJOIN functions.

Add Alternative Text to Pictures

OneNote

Make your pictures accessible to screen readers by adding alternative text.

Learn more about adding alt (alternative) text to images.

Friendlier Hyperlinks ^

OneNote

Make your notes easier to read by turning any text into a hyperlink.

Learn more about creating friendly links from text.

^ Only available on phones

NOTE: These capabilities are also reflected in the tables below.

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Excel-only features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Excel

Viewing conditional formatting

Viewing data validation

Viewing PivotTables

Refreshing PivotTables

Sorting and filtering PivotTables

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PowerPoint-only features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

PowerPoint

Playing YouTube videos

Playing other video types

Adding video

Removing video

Embedding YouTube videos

Morph transition

PowerPoint Designer

Playing audio

Removing audio

Playing audio in slide show

Playing audio across slides

Playing audio in the background across slides

Saving ink annotations on slides *

Closed Captions and Multiple Audio Tracks

* Requires an Office 365 subscription

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Word-only features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Word

Viewing footnotes

Adding and updating footnotes and endnotes

Footnotes

Viewing citations

Adding and updating citations

Viewing captions

Adding and updating captions

Opening table of contents

Adding and updating table of contents

Tracking changes

Showing word count

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Authoring features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Adding and editing hyperlinks

Adding tables

Adding shapes

Adding SmartArt

Adding charts

Adding text boxes

Using contextual command bar

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Editing features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Displaying comments

Adding, removing, and changing comments

Finding and replacing

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Inking features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Draw or Pens tab

● *

● *

● *

Ink to Shape

● *

Instant Ink

● **

● **

● **

* Available on iPad only

** Available on iPad Pro only and requires an Office 365 subscription

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Language features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Support for right-to-left (RTL) languages

Support for Arabic, Hebrew, and Thai Languages

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Opening and saving features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Opening files saved on SharePoint sites

Opening files saved on OneDrive and OneDrive for Business

Opening files saved on DropBox

Opening files saved on Box

Opening files saved on Edmodo

Opening files saved on 腾讯微云

AutoSave

Saving to OneDrive

Saving to DropBox

Saving to Box

Saving to SharePoint

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Picture features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Finding and adding pictures

Displaying background images

Inserting pictures from camera

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Print feature

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Printing

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Proofing features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Checking spelling

Checking grammar

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Sharing and collaborating features

● Feature is supported
◌ Feature is not supported

Feature action

Word

Excel

PowerPoint

Inviting people to view or edit a document

Co-authoring of files saved to the cloud

Real-time co-authoring

Tracking changes

Sending a document as a PDF

Sending a document as an attachment

Sending a link to a document saved to OneDrive

Sharing as a link or email

Guest Access Support

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