/// How to Do Spreadsheets on a Tablet

December 18, 2012  |  All Things Digital

Q: In your review of the new iTunes, you mentioned that it’s possible to restore the old left-hand sidebar that’s now hidden by default. How do you do that? A: You turn the sidebar back on by going to the View menu and clicking on “Show Sidebar.” This View menu is always visible on the Mac, but on Windows, to find it, you have to first click on the small icon at the far upper left and select “Show Menu Bar.” Q: I have a few questions about Chromebooks. Will they ever be able to run iTunes, Microsoft Office, etc.? Does Google docs have the ability to create documents in Microsoft Office formats? If not, what file formats does Google docs use? A: Chromebooks aren’t designed to run traditional computer programs like those you listed. Instead, they use the Chrome Web browser to run Web sites designed to work like apps. I can’t say whether this will change in the future. But I would note that Microsoft has Web-based, stripped-down versions of the main Office programs at office.com. Google docs, now a part of Google Drive, cannot create documents in Microsoft’s formats. Instead, the service uses its own formats. To edit a Microsoft Office document, you have to convert it into a Google format. Q: Have you tested the Enterprise version of the Surface tablet? I’m hopeful I will be able to work on spreadsheets on a Windows tablet soon. A: If you mean the Surface Pro, which is due next year with an Intel processor and a full version of Windows 8 that can run older Windows programs, I haven’t tested it yet. But there are a number of tablets already on the market that run full Windows 8 instead of the more limited Windows RT.

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