In Part 1 of this article, I showed you how to download and install the new Microsoft Word App for Android phones. Today, we’ll start exploring the app. (Note: this app is free to use even if you don’t have an Office 365 subscription, however there are some features that you can only use if you have a subscription. I did this demonstration on my phone and I have the subscription, so you might not be able to access all of the same features.)
When you open Word, you’ll see this start screen. If you’ve been using Word in conjunction with OneDrive on other devices, you’ll see your recently used documents displayed.
You can tap one of the recently used documents to open it or choose to hit the open icon in the upper left side.
You’ll have the choice to open Recent document or to select from your OneDrive account or another cloud storage account you’ve added the device. You can also choose documents saved on your phone.
If you’d like to add a location access, just tap the + sign.
You can then add additional OneDrive, Dropbox or Sharepoint accounts.
Here, I’ve selected my OneDrive account and all of my folders are displayed just as if I were accessing it from my PC.
To open a document, just tap on it.
In this case, my document was in an older file format and Word needed to upgrade a copy to a newer format if I wanted to edit the document. If I didn’t want to upgrade, I could just read it. The process only took a second.
The document looks pretty similar to the view on my PC or tablet.
I can easily zoom in using the pinch and zoom gesture on my phone screen.
In part 3 of this series, we’ll look at how to create and edit documents.