Word: Enable or Disable Touch Mode and Mouse Mode

Posted by Jon Hood  /  March 13, 2015  /  Word, Microsoft 365   —   No Comments ↓

Working with a touch-screen device can present a challenge when working with the Ribbon in Microsoft Office Applications. You may wonder how to enable Touch Mode in Word, for example. Can you make the buttons bigger? Absolutely. You can create more open space on the Ribbon so commands are easier to tap.

To view the Ribbon in Touch Mode:

1. Click on the drop-down arrow on the right side of the Quick Access Toolbar and select Touch/Mouse Mode from the list.

Drop-down list

2. The Touch/Mouse Mode command will appear on the Quick Access Toolbar. Enable or Disable by clicking or tapping the Touch/Mouse Mode command, then select Touch or back to Mouse from the drop-down menu.

Choose Touch Mode

Touch Mode vs. Mouse Mode:

Here is an example of Touch Mode. The Ribbon expands allowing for easier tapping on your touch-screen.

Touch Mode

Here is an example of Mouse Mode. The Ribbon is at default settings and you can easily toggle back and forth with this command on the Quick Access Toolbar.

Mouse Mode


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Topics: Word, Microsoft 365