How to Open Documents in Office 2013 RT on Your Tablet - dummies

How to Open Documents in Office 2013 RT on Your Tablet

By Andy Rathbone

Whether you want to create a new document, open an existing one, or start working from a template on your Windows RT tablet, follow these steps to open a document in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint:

  1. From the Start screen, tap the tile of the program you want to open: Word, Excel, or PowerPoint.

    If you don’t spot your desired program on the Start screen, tap the Desktop app’s tile. When the desktop appears, tap your desired program’s icon from the desktop’s taskbar, that strip along the bottom, and your chosen program fills the screen.

  2. When your chosen program appears, tap what you’d like to open.

    Microsoft Word, for example, shows how each program offers four ways of starting work.


    • Open a recently accessed document: The Recent pane along the left edge lists your seven most-recently accessed documents. Tap a document name, and it returns to the screen, ready for more work.

    • Start a new document: Tap the Blank Document icon, and the program presents a blank page, ready for you to begin creating a new document from scratch.

    • Open a template: Office’s time-saving templates come pre-formatted, letting you concentrate on the content rather than the format or design. I give templates their own section later in this chapter.

    • Search for a new template: Hundreds of templates await online. Type resume into the Search box, for example, tap the Enter key, and choose among dozens of pre-formatted resumés.

    If you want to open a document not listed here, move to Step 3.

  3. Tap Open Other Documents, navigate to your existing document, and load it with a tap of the Open button.

    Tap Open Other Documents from the bottom of the Recent pane, and the Open window appears. The Open window lists your storage areas in the center column; to the right, it lists the currently selected storage area’s most recently accessed folders and documents.


    To open a listed document, tap its name. Still don’t see it? Then tap one of the Open window’s five main storage areas:

    • Recent Documents: The opening screen only shows your past seven recently accessed documents. This area, however, shows the past two dozen documents you’ve opened. If you’ve opened a document before, chances are, it’s listed here, waiting to be opened with a tap.

    • SkyDrive: This lets you open files stored on SkyDrive, your online storage space. By storing your files on SkyDrive, you can work on them from any computer.

    • Other Web Locations: Sometimes used by corporations, this lets you access folders stored on other websites.

    • Computer: A popular choice, this shows recently accessed documents. It also offers a Browse button, where you can open files already stored on your tablet, or any stored on an attached flash drive or portable hard drive.

    • Add a Place: Tap this shortcut to add other online storage places as Microsoft begins supporting them.

    Tap the Browse button to navigate to documents inside a storage area, and then open your desired document with a tap on its name.

When you’re having trouble finding a document, try any of these tips:

  • When searching for a document you’ve worked on before, scan the Recent sections first. Tap likely suspects and take a peek. Guessed wrong? Close them with a tap in the program’s upper- right corner and start again.

  • Can’t find a document anywhere? Then head back to the Start screen with a tap of your Windows key. Begin typing a keyword contained in your wayward document and tap the word Files in the Search pane that appears on the right. Your tablet lists every file containing the word you typed.

  • To find and edit a file stored on a newly inserted flash drive or portable hard drive, tap Computer in Step 3 and then tap the Browse button. When a miniature File Explorer window appears, tap your flash drive’s letter in the Computer section of the Navigation pane along the miniature window’s right edge.

  • You can also open documents directly from File Explorer. If you spot your desired document on your recently inserted flash drive, double-tap its name: The program that created the document appears, with your document in tow.