If you have a subscription to Microsoft Office 365, you can use your phone to create, edit and read Office documents. I think most people who have the mobile app would be willing to vouch that it’s great for reading existing documents and spreadsheets, but how do documents created on a phone look when you open them on a desktop?
Let’s try it out and see what happens. The Office Mobile app is free for Android and iPhones, but you will need the Office 365 subscription to use it. To start, open up Office Mobile.
I can tap the clock icon to see the most recent documents or the file icon to see all of my documents. My documents are stored in my OneDrive account, but you can other types of cloud storage accounts as well. To start a new document, tap the plus symbol on the right.
There are options to create blank Word documents and Excel spreadsheets as well as templates for common types of documents and spreadsheets. For this article, I’m going to choose the Agenda template.
When the agenda template opens, tap anywhere on the screen to open your keyboard.
As with other templates in Word, I can just begin typing over the text in the template with the information I want in the document.
Tapping the menu button brings up formatting options.
I can choose options like bold or italic and change the font size and color.
Once I am satisfied with the document, I can tap the menu button to choose Save or Save as.
Then give the file a name and select which cloud storage account to save it to. I could also save it to the phone.
Another option, I’ll see when I tap the menu button is Share. There are options for OneNote, Google Drive and e-mail.
Let’s check out what the document looks like when I open it on a PC. When I open Word, it’s right there with my recent documents.
Here’s what the document looks like when I open it in Word on my PC.
I think it looks exactly the same as a document created on a PC. Typing on a phone is not everyone’s cup of tea, so if you have the option of a keyboard, you may prefer that. But if you need a quick document, or you’re just much better typing on a phone than I, it’s a good option.