Feature Parity: Word Online should have all the features of Desktop Word
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its astounding that theres still many (in academia essential!) features missing.
This makes it impossible to use word 365 for educational uses.
Using desktop apps should not be the "fix".
I cannot recommend word online to anyone until this is achieved
Agreed, if the aim is to drive users to the online applications, shouldn't they be at least as functional and intuitive as the desktop applications? To try to convince the segment of my organization that still is "not so sure" about moving away from actual files in folders saved to a desktop, this disparity does not help one bit.
At least make the formatting compatible. Word online is fairly useless if the formatting get completely messed up when opening a doc that was made using the Desktop app.
James Carr commented
Formatting should be the same, no headers/footers visible when using online.
Quick parts, the main place online gets used(because libraries default to it) is SharePoint, the whole reason of SharePoint is to use metadata, in the good old days we had the doc info bar that you could customise with info path, and was brilliant way to standardise and simplify filling in documents and metadata, but word web doesn’t support quick parts, so means every user needs to open then click open in app, or set the library to always open in app, so basically removes any benefits word for web offers.
Many people who are on a budget or simply can't afford a desktop pc/ laptop buy a chromebook but still need the full functionality of Office 365 for work or school purposes. Others might not want to spend 400 extra euros on a new laptop just to be able to use Office 365, so they buy the full subscription combined with a Chromebook, but don't have acces to all the features Online. Some people only have one device to work with not a pc and a laptop. So please increase the functionality of your online versions and fix formatting issues not just between the desktop and the online version, but also between the online version and the android apps I'm forced to use which cause errors by onedrive online and the app. I love the desktop version but the the rest is a let down.
Marisol Acevedo commented
Company templates cannot be set for Word online within a company tenant.
This means company processes will be affected increasing the creation time and the need for auditing.
GET EVERYONE YOU KNOW TO VOTE ON THIS! its amazing how few votes this really had in 3 years!
This is clearly a method MS are using to make money. They aren't interested in feature parity because in frustration people will pay a license for full-install office! But the issues here are ludicrous.
- Formatting in edit mode is NOT WYSIWUG. Its a hacked up view of what the doc looks like. To see what it really looks like you need to go to 'view mode'. I mean WTF? This isnt the 90's, There shouldnt need to be a view mode.
- Any headers/footers are hidden in edit mode. You need to click on links to see it. But in view mode, there they are.
Just get rid of the stupid modes and you are most of the way there.
The representation of TABs in Word Online should be implemented quickly.
Please stop giving us partially completed products. Our users won't use the online version because the formatting isn't the same. We need the basic experience to be the same. You can keep rolling out comparable features but the document should look and feel the same regardless of the environment. Formatting differences or lack of visibility of the headers and footers while editing makes it difficult to be confident in what I am creating and drives me back to the desktop client. The experience needs to feel the same regardless of if I am editing in browser/teams or in the desktop client.
I not see Word Online
Formatting needs to be the same in both environments. When I upload documents with text boxes or charts in the word doc to the online environment the formatting gets jumbled. This is a barrier to full-scale implementation of the word web app.
Word, unlike Google Docs, wasn't "born in the cloud" so there's a lot missing, but I agree that Microsoft really needs to achieve parity between their desktop and online tools. Worst case, it at least needs to get a hold of whatever features that prevent further use for online collaborators and "gray out" and/or lock for editing the specific offending content and allow all other portions of the document to be edited online.
This message should never be presented and shouldn't be an impediment to online collaboration.
"Couldn't save automatically. Word can't continue editing this document because another user has added content that isn't supported in a browser. To continue work, please open it in the desktop version of Microsoft Word."
S Gamman commented
Picture Format / Wrap Text / Square - for images with text wrapping.
We have a large document library containing work instructions with screen prints that are wrapped around text to make them the guides easy to follow.
When a user opens the document, it defaults to the light view which grossly distorts the alignment of the images making them very difficult to follow.
As Office365 is still relatively new, most people don't know there's a light and full version and that there is very limited functionality in the light version.
This has led to Word documents being saved as PDF files to remove the formatting issue, but that then leads to version control issues and broken links.
I've tried to create a document from scratch in light view; the function is there but doesn't appear to work.
I would love for this to be fixed/added please.
Yo Ned tohve a better system
Primarily: it would be nice if onpremise document layout is preserved when document is opened online. This is a pain **********
ok that's cool and all but honestly who even asked stfu
add text boxes and columns
TABLE OF CONTENTS. PLEASE.