New Features & Bug Fixes Come to Word Online

Microsoft continues to make improvements to its Office Online suite at a more rapid pace. Today Microsoft added a number of new features to Word online that have been traditionally found in the desktop application. Microsoft has prioritized features based on customer feedback. New features will start rolling out today.

Comment support is now available on Word Online, it was also added to Excel Online. The new comments pane makes it easy to see all comments in your document, and it allows you to reply to comments or mark them as done. Hints along the margin make it easy to tell where comments have been added.


A number of improvements have been made to Lists for Word Online. Some of the changes include make the auto-numbering behavior more intelligent about detecting when you’re continuing a previous list, or starting a new list. You can now right click a list item and select one of the list-specific options, Start New List, Continue Numbering or Set Numbering Value.


Footnotes and endnotes support is now also available on Word Online. Footnotes will appear at the bottom of the page when viewed in Reading View or when printed.


A new option is available to download a document as a PDF file, as well as made improvements to make printing easier for users with PDF readers installed on Internet Explorer and Chrome. Bugs have also been fixed about imperfect layout for some tables in some documents. Rendering support for merged and missing cells has also been improved.   

Source: Office Blog

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