/// Can a Touch Screen Replace a Mouse?

January 8, 2013  |  All Things Digital

Q: I’ll be buying several new Windows 8 PCs this year, all with touch screens. Touch screens are new to me. When using spreadsheet and word processor programs, does the touch screen completely replace the mouse? A: If you are thinking about Microsoft Office programs, I’d say no. While the forthcoming 2013 version of Office is designed to allow the use of touch instead of the mouse and keyboard, I have found in my tests that the icons and text are too small for that to work comfortably, at least on a desktop or laptop, and I still prefer the mouse and keyboard. In fact, this is a key reason Microsoft itself makes keyboard covers for its Surface tablet. Q: Does the new Google Maps app for Apple devices work on the iPod Touch? Can I download maps in advance on my Touch for use offline? A: Though Google says the app is “optimized” for the iPhone 5, it also says it will work on the 3rd, 4th and 5th generation iPod Touch, as well as on the iPad and on older iPhones.

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