Office Mobile

Use Microsoft Word Mobile

You can create, open, and edit Microsoft Word documents right on your phone. Just go to the Office Hub to get started.

Opened Word document

To open an existing Word document

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Office Office icon.

  2. Do one of the following:

    • Flick to Documents, and tap the document.
    • Flick to Documents, and tap Search Search icon. In the Search box, start typing the document name, and then tap the document when you see it.
    • Flick to Locations, tap the location that the document is in, and then tap the document. It can be on your phone, OneDrive (formerly SkyDrive), Microsoft Office 365, or a Microsoft SharePoint site.
  3. To view different parts of the document, you can zoom in and out by pinching and stretching your fingers.

  4. You can also copy content from your Word file and paste it into other files, apps, or messages on your phone. For more information about how to do this, see Copy and paste.


  • Word Mobile doesn't support all the features that are found in Microsoft Word 2010. If a document has content that's not supported in Word Mobile, you can still open the document. The unsupported content won't be displayed though, and you might not be able to edit the document on your phone.
  • To open, edit, and save a Word document on OneDrive, a Windows Live ID must be set up on your phone. To learn more about using a Windows Live ID on your phone, see Windows Live ID. For more info about saving and syncing documents on OneDrive, see Sync documents with OneDrive.
  • To learn about working with documents that are on a SharePoint site, see Use Microsoft SharePoint Workspace Mobile.
  • You can also open and save a document to your phone that someone has sent you in email. To learn more, see "How do I download an attachment from an email?" in Email attachments FAQ.


If you have a document you want to access quickly, you can pin it to Start. In the Office Hub, flick to Documents, tap and hold the document, and tap Pin to start. To learn more, see Pin things to Start.

To create and save a new document

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Office Office icon.

  2. Flick to Documents, tap New New document icon > Word or tap one of the Word templates.

  3. After you make some changes, tap More More icon > Save.

  4. Type a name in the File name box, and then tap the Save to list > SkyDrive or Phone > Save.

To add a comment

  1. In a Word document that you're reviewing, tap Edit Edit icon, and then tap a word or other place in the document to add a comment there.

  2. Tap Comment Add comment icon.

  3. Type your comments. (If this is the first time you've added comments to a document, you'll be asked to enter your user name so that other people will know who edited the document. You can change your user name later by tapping Settings in the App list > Applications > Office > User name. )

  4. Tap outside the comment box to stop commenting.

  5. To view the comment, tap the comment in the document.

To format text

  1. In an opened Word document, tap Edit Edit icon.

  2. To select text that you want to format, tap a word, and then drag the arrows at each end of the highlighted text to include the first and last words you want to format.

  3. Tap Format Format text icon, and then do one of the following:

    • Under Format, tap the text formatting you want to use. The text formatting options include Bold Bold icon, Italic Italic icon, Underline Underline icon, Strikethrough Stikethrough icon, Increase Increase icon, or Decrease Decrease icon font size.
    • Under Highlight, tap the color you want to use to highlight text.
    • Under Font color, tap a color to use for the text.
  4. To stop formatting text, tap after the highlighted text, tap Format Format text icon, and then tap an icon for the formatting that's currently being used to turn it off.


You can apply more than one formatting option. To do this, highlight the text to format, tap Format Format text icon, and then choose the first formatting option. Tap Format Format text icon again, and choose the next formatting option you want to use.

To view and use the outline view

  1. In an opened document, tap Outline Outline icon.

  2. To go to a specific part of the document, tap the name of the section or comment where you want to go.

To find a specific word or phrase

  1. In an opened document, tap Find Find icon.

  2. Type the word or number you want to find, and then tap Enter Enter icon.

  3. Tap Next Next icon to find the next occurrence.

  4. To continue and find the next occurrence, tap Next Next icon again.

  5. To stop searching, press the Back Back button iconbutton at any time or tap OK in Search complete at the end.


If you want to find where a word is appearing throughout a document, you can also tap the first instance of it that you see, tap Find Find icon > Enter Enter icon > Next Next icon.

To send a document in email

  1. On Start, flick left to the App list, and then tap Office Office icon.

  2. Flick to Documents, tap the document you want to send as an attachment in email > More More icon > Share.

  3. Tap an email account name.

  4. Add the recipient and any other information to your email, and then tap Send Send email icon.

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