Likewise, Excel lets you edit the layout and formatting of your spreadsheet, insert charts and pictures and select from a huge selection of financial formulas. There are also tons of premade templates to choose from, including spreadsheets for your personal budget, invoices, travel expenses, online sales tracker and product inventory. PowerPoint is simple, but surprisingly powerful for a mobile presentation app. You can select from about 20 attractive templates, write and format text, and even add animated transitions between slides.
There are also some editing tools, like the ability to add comments in the margins of each slide. Some features are shared between all three apps, like the ability to place photos, tables and other visual elements. Once an image has been inserted, it's easy to move and resize it using touch. I was also annoyed to discover that you must close the current document before opening another.
That means you can forget about editing two files at once. Buyers who subscribe to Microsoft's premium Office service get extra features that could come in handy for business users.
Annotating Powerpoint/PDF Documents
In Word, you gain editing tools like the ability to track and review changes to a document. You can also insert columns into page layouts, customize headers and footers for different pages, change the page orientation to landscape mode and more. PowerPoint also gains a few editing tools, like a pen tool for inking annotations. There aren't any unlockable features for Excel, though. As previously mentioned in this review, when you sign into your Microsoft account to start using any of the new office apps, they're automatically linked to your OneDrive account.
In short, it lets you save your files and documents to the cloud, so they're backed up and accessible from anywhere. One perk of using OneDrive is that the platform is built right into newer versions of Windows. If you open any File Explorer window inside of Windows 8, you'll notice a OneDrive folder in the left column. Inside, you'll find all the documents you've saved to OneDrive on other devices, including Android tablets. In other words, OneDrive lets you keep your files synced across all your devices, without having to install extra software on your office PC.
If you just prefer Dropbox, you can also link that platform to your Office for Android apps to keep your files backed up. Word, Excel and PowerPoint for Android tablets are excellent apps, but not many people will use them. Your tablet must be the right size, have the right hardware and run the right software.
Make the most of that slick new tablet
The simple fact is that not many people actually own a compatible device. And with so many great Windows tablets on the market, it's questionable whether or not an Android tablet is a smart investment for work at this point. If you already own a compatible tablet, though, you can't go wrong with these free apps. They include almost all the best features of the desktop Office apps, but with a new touch-friendly interface. They're also the best-looking office apps on the platform, if you value aesthetics.
Wanted: a system for annotating documents on screen
For everyone else, there are still many good options. WPS is a full-featured office suite for documents, spreadsheets and presentations. Brett Nuckles has been a working journalist since He got his start in local newspapers covering community news, local government, education and more before he joined the Business News Daily staff in He graduated from Ohio University, where he studied Journalism and English.
Follow him on Twitter BrettNuckles. Product and service reviews are conducted independently by our editorial team, but we sometimes make money when you click on links. Simply hold the S Pen near the screen while the tablet is asleep and press the side button. The display will wake up to a black screen with basic editing tools. The 6, mAh battery in the Tab S3 will keep you chugging for a few days, but you can eke out a little more life when the battery begins to sputter. There are two power-saving modes, and the settings can be modified to suit your usage.
Tapping on either of them brings up an interface where you can apply the power saving mode. This is also where the customize option is. The settings you choose will be saved so you can just flip power saving on next time you need to save some juice.
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You need to have a secure lock method enabled on your tablet to use Secure Folder. Also be aware it will take a few minutes to create the encrypted space. These copies will only be accessible in Secure Folder, so the data they contain is completely secure. The same goes for files you add to Secure Folder. Even the screenshots you take in Secure Folder are kept safe and sound inside the encrypted directory.
All Slides. Make the most of that slick new tablet. Customize quick settings. Change icon and text size. Customize Air Command. Handwriting input everywhere. S Pen text selection. Split-screen and Pop-up View. Smart Select.
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Direct link: See larger image. Make the most of that slick new tablet Some Android OEMs have backed off making tablets over the last couple years. Change icon and text size The Tab S3 has a reasonably spacious 9. Customize Air Command Air Command offers quick access to stylus-oriented features. S Pen text selection Android lets you select and copy text from a lot of places, but the Tab S3 and S Pen can select almost any text. Split-screen and Pop-up View The Galaxy Tab S3 is the most powerful Android tablet for multitasking; you just need to take advantage of all it has to offer.
Set up custom power saving The 6, mAh battery in the Tab S3 will keep you chugging for a few days, but you can eke out a little more life when the battery begins to sputter. Next Up: Check out these related slideshows. Android P beta, Android P beta, huge Maps Email a friend.