Apple PENCIL should NOT automatically start "drawing mode" in Excel (and Word)
The Apple PENCIL is NOT ONLY a drawing tool!
Like in many other apps it should also be possibe to use it as a (more precise!) substitute for the finger!
For example in Apples notes app, you can perfectly and very precisely use the pencil to move the coursor, to select text and to start actions by tapping a button.
All this should be possible in Excel (and Word) too!!!
(Please, please, please, please, please, please, please, please, ...)
Clemens Kathman commented
I could not agree more for Excel or Word! Absolutely a bonehead developer idea. Did they even attempt to get user feedback in a focus group? NO ONE would have wanted this!!
Things like this show Microsoft's arrogance. They know that Office is the primary package on most desktops so they just don't give a **** about their quality or usability. This auto-draw mode should have been discarded in spec, long before programming.
The most annoying thing. Fix it
Why hasn't this been fixed yet? Post on this feed go back almost a year. It's so obvious AND Microsoft even posted it would be possible in March.
I don't have an issue with having to select 'cursor' at the start of a doc, but it automatically switches black to 'draw' after EVERY new action. A completely annoying feature and incessant waste of time having to re-select 'cursor' at every action....
AGREE! This is a glaring deficit in the Excel app for IOS. Simply inexcusable that this isn't at least a select-able option. Microsoft are you listening to your users?
Robert Becerra commented
Totally agree! Just found this forum after googling "how to turn off automatic draw functionality Apple Pencil excel for ipad". Ridiculous. My goal of using the Apple Pencil as a precision selection tool is thwarted by this idiotic and presumptuous feature.
Agreed.... terrible idea to make it only annotate documents. I like the vandalize comment by Matt because that is how it feels. If you could actually select and turn off the draw with touch it would be much much better. I guess Microsoft could not make that feature work but there must be a way.
Apple pencil is a precision selection device to replace the mouse. Now it has become a tool to simply vandalize my documents.
Please fix this.
Good suggestion! With my pencil, I'd like to position the cursor, mark text and do thing like that - and I do not (only) want to draw with it!!!
Microsoft still seems to see the Apple pencil only as a drawing tool, which is nonsens - and in the meantime even Apple has changes its mind...
Several users - including me - suggest the same fix for Word for iOS!