They are two of the applications that everyone who has an iPad for work tasks always carries with them because, with a wireless keyboard connected, offer virtually identical functionality to a computer. In addition, with the use it makes of Microsoft’s own cloud, One Drive, Word and Excel make it easier for us to access folders and documents that we have active in an immediate and synchronized way.
Now, despite the many updates they have had in recent months, they still lacked a few small details to make them really essential and that its control was even more intuitive. As you may recall, iPads are already compatible with any wireless mouse since the launch of iPadOS 13, and Microsoft has wanted to meet one of the most demanding requests from users, who do not get used to the idea of having to go with their finger to touch the screen to select text or enter certain functions.
Word and Excel are updated
So things, Microsoft Word has just been updated for iPad so we can control it with the mouse, a function that had already been announced since May of last year. From now on, along with the keyboard that we carry, it will be possible to add that wireless mouse (or trackpad) that will make it much easier to work with texts in which it is usually necessary to select content in a precise and fast way to copy and paste , or format (bold, italic, etc.), etc.
Of course, this compatibility with the mouse will only be available, for now, within the word processor since in the case of Excel, the changes have to do with the multi-window. Not so much that of the app itself with the others that we have installed on the iPad, as with Excel itself. And it is that now it will be possible to have in view, in split screen mode, two spreadsheets at the same time, for those times when we want to compare one with another, or for those tasks in which it is necessary to copy and paste from one to another more quickly.
Hopefully Excel mouse support will arrive in the near future as well. since in the case of the iPad, those of Microsoft are taking things quite calmly. So much so that Power Point, another of the fundamental apps of that office suite from Redmond, at the moment does not have the compatibility with Word mice, nor the Excel multi-window, so it is still far behind and waiting to be put at the height of the others.