How to set up your Windows Phone 8 as an Office remote

You can now use your Windows Phone 8 as a remote for presentations with the Office Remote app.

Windows Phone 8 Office Remote
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On Monday, Microsoft released a new Windows Phone 8 app called Office Remote. Office Remote turns your Windows Phone 8 into a presentation remote for a Windows 7 or Windows 8 PC, with Office 2013 and Bluetooth.

Office Remote currently supports PowerPoint, Excel, and Word. With this app you can perform actions such as jumping through slides, and using a remote laser pointer in PowerPoint. In Word and Excel, you can navigate through documents and zoom in and out. If you want to set up your Windows Phone as an Office remote for your PC, here's how:

Step 1: On your PC, download the Microsoft Office Remote PC Setup software and install it.

Office Remote PC installation
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Step 2: Make sure that Bluetooth is enabled on your PC and Windows Phone 8, and that they're paired with each other.

Pair Windows PC to Windows Phone 8
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Step 3: On your PC, launch the Office document you want to access, then go to the Office Remote tab. Click on Office Remote, then select Turn On.

Turn on Office Remote on PC
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Step 4: After you've installed Office Remote on your Windows Phone 8, open the app, then connect to your paired PC from the list. Once connected, you'll see your open document(s). Select one to interact with that document.

Office Remote documents
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Once you've selected your document, you'll be able to navigate it with your Windows Phone 8. The supported functions will vary depending on the type of document you're working in.

PowerPoint
- Jump to the next, previous, and last slide
- View slide thumbnails and jump to a slide
- View speaker notes
- View presentation timer and slide numbers
- Laser pointer using touch on your phone

Excel
- Change worksheets by swiping
- Use Slicers, PivotTable, and Filters
- Jump to any named object in your workbook
- Move up or down the worksheet
- Change the zoom level

Word
- Jump to headings
- Jump to comments
- Screen up/down
- Line up/down
- Change the zoom level

About the author

Ed Rhee, a freelance writer based in the San Francisco Bay Area, is an IT veteran turned stay-at-home-dad of two girls. He focuses on Android devices and applications while maintaining a review blog at techdadreview.com.

 

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