Microsoft Office iPhone Apps Now Support Finger Scribbles


Good news for those of you who use Microsoft Word, PowerPoint, and/or Excel on your iOS device: the apps now support finger scribbles.

Microsoft on Monday updated its Office apps for Apple smartphones, letting you draw directly onto your project with your finger. Until now, you could only doodle inside Office apps on the iPad and iPad Pro.

In its update release notes, Microsoft says iPhone users can use their finger "to write, draw and highlight with the tools in the new Draw tab." So, when your colleague makes a mistake on that important Excel spreadsheet or Word document, you can draw a big red circle around it.

The feature comes after Microsoft in January announced its intention to "make pen and ink a primary input across Office apps." At the time, Microsoft released inking tools for the iPad and iPad Pro, letting people use an Apple Pencil (or their finger) to work on documents, presentations, spreadsheets, and notes.

Now, iPhone users can get in on the finger-doodle fun, albeit with a little less surface area to work with.

As The Verge notes, the draw tab might be a little hard to find, but once you do, you'll be able to choose between a pen, highlighter, or eraser. You can also adjust the thickness and color of your scribbles.

Meanwhile on the Office front, Microsoft last month released a tool that lets Word users explore material related to a topic without leaving the document. Researcher for Word uses Bing to aggregate appropriate content from the Web, and even gives you properly formatted citations.

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