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Microsoft testing improved PDF view on Office Mobile for iOS

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Microsoft Office app in App Store (Image credit: Daniel Rubino/Windows Central)

What you need to know

  • Microsoft is testing an improved PDF view within the Office Mobile app on iOS.
  • The app now hides elements such as the title bar while you scroll through a PDF.
  • You can always bring back the title bar by tapping anywhere on the canvas.

Microsoft's Office Mobile app on iOS has an improved PDF viewing experience in testing with Insiders. The latest release of Office Mobile to Office Insiders automatically hides the title bar while you scroll through a PDF. You can bring the title bar back by tapping on the canvas of the PDF. The update brings the app to version 2.51 (21062802).

It's a small change, but it should make it a bit easier to read through documents. The title bar can get in the way of content of a PDF. Along with the title bar, other on-screen aspects of the app disappear when you scroll through a document. This should provide a clean interface without any interruptions.

Microsoft outlines the change in a recent Office Insider blog post (opens in new tab):

It's easy to open a PDF in an Office Mobile app, but previously the application title bar could get in the way of focusing on your content. Now, the on-screen aspects of the app disappear when you scroll through the PDF, giving you an unobstructed view of your document. To restore the title bar, simply tap anywhere on the canvas and it will appear. To see this feature in action, just open a PDF anywhere in Office Mobile.

If you'd like to test out Insider builds of the Office Mobile app, you can use our guide on how to download Microsoft Office preview for iOS and Android. Note that there are a limited number of people allowed to preview an app through Testflight. At the moment, it appears that registrations are still open for the Office Mobile app.

Sean Endicott is the news writer for Windows Central. If it runs Windows, is made by Microsoft, or has anything to do with either, he's on it. Sean's been with Windows Central since 2017 and is also our resident app expert. If you have a news tip or an app to review, hit him up at sean.endicott@futurenet.com.