If you have a Windows Mobile or Windows Phone 7 device, you get the real deal when it comes to office apps — that is, mobile versions of Microsoft Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. But most smartphone users are using an Android device or an iPhone, so what do those users do when they need to be able to open, read, and possibly edit or compose documents, spreadsheets and/or slideshow presentations that are compatible with their desktop or laptop computer, which probably runs Windows? Let's look at some of the best apps that let you do all of these tasks the most painlessly and cost-effectively.Quickoffice is one that's available for Apple iOS, HP webOS, BlackBerry, and Symbian (Figure A). There are different versions at different prices. I use Quickoffice Pro for Android, which costs $7.99.Figure AQuickoffice is a reasonably priced office suite that's available for most smartphone platforms.Quickoffice includes three apps: Quickword, Quicksheet, and Quickpoint, along with a PDF reader. … [Read more...] about Best Office productivity apps for smartphone users
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PDF documents. Perhaps we need to make various edits and comments to the documents, or maybe we need to convert the PDFs into a different format like a Word document. Unfortunately, depending on the sources from which we acquire our PDFs, some of the files may in fact be secured, meaning no edits or changes can be made to the document for content-integrity reasons.At this point, some engineers throw their hands up in dismay, knowing that they can't directly save the document to a different format. Fortunately, the grand majority of secured PDFs I have worked with in the past, like the ones from the IEEE consortium, can be unlocked using an incredibly easy "print to file" trick.Granted, you won't be unlocking the file itself per se, but you can generate an unlocked equivalent that can be edited and manipulated to your heart's content. First, open the document that you wish to unlock in Adobe Acrobat Reader and click File and then Print. Next, in the printers list, select "Microsoft XPS … [Read more...] about How do I circumvent PDF editing security?
Microsoft’s Office for iPad exploded into the mobile space in March, impressing even Apple fans with its clean aesthetic. No fool, Microsoft has created Office for Android to look virtually identical to its iPad cousin, but with iterative improvements here and there.Last week, Microsoft announced a preview of Office for Android, building anticipation for its public release in early 2015. The hook this time around is that most of Office is now free on mobile, including document creation and editing. The somewhat useless Office Mobile now appears to be headed out to pasture, too.While I didn’t have access to an Apple iPad to draw direct comparisons, it appears that Office for Android Preview closely resembles Office for iPad, with at least two notable exceptions: First, users can print directly from each Office app via Google Cloud Print from the get-go; and second, users can choose whether to save directly to Microsoft’s OneDrive or to DropBox, a … [Read more...] about Hands on with Office for Android Preview: The productivity magic’s still there
Setting Outlook's default account Restricting Excel's scroll area Removing lots of hard page breaks in a Word document. I'm using Office 2016 on a Windows 10 64-bit system, but these solutions are available back to Office 2003. There's a downloadable .xlsm and .xls demonstration file you can use with the Excel solution.Malcolm is using Outlook 2010 on Windows 7 and has three email accounts. Unfortunately, Outlook doesn't default to the account he uses the most. The good news is that setting Outlook's default account is easy: Click the File tab and choose Advanced in the left pane. In the Outlook Start And Exit section, choose the folder you want to be the default. You can see in Figure A that I chose Manning. Click OK. Click the confirmation messages and click OK twice to return to Outlook. Close and reopen Outlook; the default account will be selected. Figure ASpecify the account (folder) you want to be the default.When you create a new email message, Outlook will … [Read more...] about Office Q&A: Simple solutions for Outlook, Excel, and Word
Samsung’s Galaxy Book is a 2-in-1 tablet with a detachable keyboard that gets pretty much everything you care about right. Its price, performance, and battery life are all among the best we’ve tested.While it lacks the razzle-dazzle of flagships like the new Surface Pro, it's still the sort of all-around performer that will attract a buyer looking for good value. Samsung’s only real swing and miss is a somewhat gimmicky integration with its Galaxy smartphones, which replaces the Windows Hello features that are becoming more common.While some competing 2-in-1 products we’ve reviewed cost upwards of $1,400, the version of the Samsung Galaxy Book we tested ships for $1,300. The price includes 4GB of RAM and a 128GB SSD, plus optional LTE connectivity via Verizon. A more full-featured version starts with 8GB of RAM and a 256GB SSD. There’s also a microSD card slot that accepts cards up to 256GB. Inside you’ll find 2x2 802.11ac Wi-Fi plus Bluetooth 4.1 … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Book review: An excellent 2-in-1 for a good price
Apple's new flagship iPad is the company's best business tablet yet. The iPad Air 2 packs a beautiful display, a blazing-fast processor and Apple's Touch ID fingerprint scanner for added security. So is it a no-brainer for business users in the market for a new work slate? Not quite. Microsoft's Surface Pro 3 tablet offers a bigger display, a full-size keyboard and the flexibility of running the desktop version of Windows. It's also significantly pricier than Apple's tablet. So which slate is the better portable workstation? Read on for a feature-for-feature comparison of the iPad Air 2 and the Surface Pro 3. iPad Air 2: The iPad Air 2 sports the same 9.7-inch (24.6 centimeters), 2048 x 1536-pixel display as its predecessor. But even though the new iPad doesn't have a bigger or sharper screen than last year's model, it still delivers a better picture, since a new manufacturing process has eliminated the space between the LCD panel and the glass. Overall, the iPad Air 2 still packs one … [Read more...] about iPad Air 2 vs. Surface Pro 3: Which is Better for Business?
Microsoft's new Office apps for Android tablets are the best apps of their kind on the platform. Unfortunately, not many people will actually get to use them. That's because the applications — which are identical to the touch-friendly versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint launched on iPad last year — simply aren't compatible with many new Android tablets, and they don't work on smartphones at all. Plus, you'll need a subscription to Office 365 to unlock some editing features within the apps. So while they may be the best office apps on Android, the barrier to entry is high. Still, business users with the right hardware should take a look at all three apps, which are technically separate but are being treated as one unit for the purposes of this review. At the very least, these new apps are a big leap forward over the old Office Mobile app, which is still the only version of Office available on Android smartphones. What's Office Mobile? First, I … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office for Tablets (Android) Review: Is It Good for Business?
Microsoft’s new Office apps for Android smartphones are the best tools for editing documents, spreadsheets and presentations on the platform. The new mobile versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint are just as easy-to-use and feature-packed as the iPhone versions, launched last year.Actually, the new apps aren’t the first Android-based Office apps. Microsoft already launched Android versions of Word, Excel and PowerPoint in 2014, but they were only compatible with tablets. The new releases mark the first time you can use full-fledged versions of the three main Office apps on your Android smartphone.Currently, the apps are still in a preview mode, so they’re not available to download directly through the Google Play app store. Still, anyone can sign up to get the apps now, or wait for the official launch later this year.It’s true that the new Word, Excel and PowerPoint apps aren’t the first Android smartphone apps with the Microsoft Office … [Read more...] about Microsoft Office for Smartphones (Android) Review: Is It Good for Business?
The Samsung Galaxy S6 Active's virtually indestructible design makes it a work phone you can count on, even if it looks like it was designed more for hikers than for executives. Samsung took the Galaxy S6 — our favorite overall business phone — and wrapped it in a tough shell that can withstand even the most brutal drops and dings. It even resists dust and water damage. Sure, it's not half as pretty as the standard S6, and it loses the fingerprint reader that helps make that phone extra secure. But those might be small sacrifices for a smartphone this dependable. [For more information on how we test mobile devices, visit our testing methodology page.] It's important to note up front that the S6 Active is available only through AT&T. If you're on a different network and can't switch, this phone won't be an option. The S6 Active isn't a bad-looking smartphone overall, but it does look a bit homely next to the ultrasleek, glass-and-metal design of the standard … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy S6 Active Review: Is It Good for Business?
The Galaxy Note 5 might be the most impressive business phone yet, if you can handle its palm-stretching dimensions. Like previous smartphones in the Note line, this stylus-equipped device packs a massive, 5.7-inch display that's perfect for screen-intensive productivity tasks. But the improved S Pen stylus is the real star of the show, letting you take handwritten notes at the drop of a hat, right on your smartphone's screen. The Note 5 is set to hit stores Aug. 21. While we wait to get our hands on the device for a full review, here's a quick rundown of the features that might make this our favorite overall smartphone for work. The stylus that shipped with last year's Galaxy Note 4 was already a great note-taking tool, with the ability to detect how hard you're pressing down, which makes for a natural writing experience. But the Note 5's S Pen is even better, with improved pressure sensitivity and a spring-loaded design that makes it easier to pop the pen out of its slot, which is on … [Read more...] about Samsung Galaxy Note 5: Top Features for Business