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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, ...)

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      • Gordon WGordon W commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        To disable the auto draw feature and use the pencil as a more accurate finger, touch the "draw" tab at the top of the screen. The touch the "select objects" button to disable the auto draw

      • SteveSteve commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Is anyone with authority on this going to give an answer for a fix to this issue? I basically bought a $100 boat anchor. I bought this to use as a precise pointer for excel spreadsheets on my Ipad pro and it just keeps trying to draw in the excel cells unless I use my finger to start the cell modification.
        I wouldn't think this would be that big of a deal to put a non-draw option to this program.
        I see that people have been complaining about this feature for roughly 2 years with no answers.

      • Glen DuvalGlen Duval commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Also just found this forum trying to fix this very annoying Feature????? In Exel Microsoft please fix now!!! In all IPAD based Office products

      • Clemens KathmanClemens Kathman commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • JohnJohn commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • LiamLiam commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        Same problem.
        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....

      • Anonymous commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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 BecerraRobert Becerra commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • MeMe commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • MattMatt commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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.

      • ChristelChristel commented  ·   ·  Flag as inappropriate

        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...

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