How to use Docs To Go on the BlackBerry Z30

Docs To Go
By James Richardson on 6 Oct 2013 06:32 am EDT
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Picked up a BlackBerry Z30 or thinking of doing so as your first BlackBerry 10 device? You'll be pleased to know that if you rely on Word, Excel and PowerPoint, whether for business or pleasure, you'll have full support on your Z30 thanks to Docs To Go. 

Upon launching Docs To Go you'll be presented with tabs at both the top and bottom of the display. Up at the top you can filter the documents you have on your Z30 by All, doc, xls and ppt. This just helps a little if you have a bunch of documents on your device but it's only certain types you need to view. 

When it comes to creating a new document this is done using the tabs at the base of the screen. Here you will see 'Create doc' and Create xls. Unfortunately you can't create a PowerPoint presentation from the BlackBerry but you can certainly view any you have been sent or transferred from your computer. While we are on the subject of PowerPoint - if you are going to use your BlackBerry Z30 for business you can simply just connect your device to a TV via HDMI and show your audience the full presentation straight from your BlackBerry. 

Clearly, creating a new document is just done by touching one of the two create tabs. Whether you need to build a word doc or excel you'll see that the user interface is very similar to when using a PC. Within Word you'll see a bar at the top of the display which will give you quick and easy access to making the font bold, underlined etc as well as screen position and bullet points. With the keyboard closed you will also get a 'Format' tab at the base of the screen which gives you a ton of extra features including some more fonts as well as font sizing. 

The same pretty much applies to working with an excel document too but in addition you'll also find a 'Cell Format' tab which offers up a selection of options. Entering text/numbers is done using the 'fx' box at the top of the screen. Once you are happy with what you have entered and selected the correct placement you just press the tick tab and the insertion is complete. 

Once you are happy with the document you have created you can press the 'More' tab at the bottom right of the display and you'll have the option to 'Save As'. If you need to go back to the doc at a later date and edit it you can do. Just open it up and at the base you will see the 'Edit' tab as well as 'Share' which will give you access to any accounts you have set up in your BlackBerry Hub. 

The BlackBerry Z30 allows you to take your business documents wherever you go and provides you with the necessary features to make you as productive as possible. A must for the busy executive on the move. 

Reader comments

How to use Docs To Go on the BlackBerry Z30

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Word is useful, but excel and PowerPoint are useless. In the PW case only a viewer .

Posted via CB10

If I could crack spreadsheets with loads of formulas in them back on the 8520, and I know for a fact the Z10 packs the same punch, I really wonder if this isn't a case of user error.

In excel case, isn't work something elementary like the filters, meanwhile in programs like Kingsoft office you can use this tool.

Posted via CB10

Yes, but not easily. You must type in cell addresses rather than tapping on a cell and having its address show up in the formula. The choice of functions is also limited.

Posted via CB10

While Docs to Go is nice for looking information for work on the go, it won't be fully functional until you can do things like VLOOKUPs and other heaving lifting in Excel.

Posted via CB10

Great program as I use it for work all the time. The z10 is great for on the fly. It literally works like a computer.

BlackBerry will survive in the Corporate and Government Sectors! My Z10 is so much better than an iphone!

It does seem a little better than the Z10. Version. Use mine at work and it works with the password protected docs in Word.
If you want to create powerpoint then make one by opening one you like, format it the way you want, save as Startnew or somethung, edit and use save as again if u need one made on the go.
And for ease of use, the BB Keyboard does work with the BB10 devices.

Now if only SmartOffice2 would be released, since it's been coming soon since Feb. Just sayin'

the ALL view on Z10 or 10.1 sucks a little. On the Z30 or 10.2 it looks clean with big buttons for excel, word etc..

Posted via CB10

Meaningless post. Z30 is nothing but a bloated Z10 with day before yesterday's specs when compared to 2013 Androids. Good luck BlackBerry trying to sell this DOA to new customers. Only a handful of blind BB fans on CB will end up buying as a relic collection.

Posted from my Last ever BB

Man really? If you're just going to rip on BlackBerry, why are you on a website dedicated to BlackBerry..?

Posted via CB10

It's simply amazing to me that every single one of these useful articles are trolled by morons who can't seem to grasp that they don't apply only to the Z30 exclusive of the Z10, despite it being mentioned in every article. Maybe people should actually READ the damn article before commenting on it. But why read something when that time can be spent getting post numbers up with idiotic comments? I wish stupid comments such as this one example would start being removed. Crackberry is getting overrun with them and it's a waste of time for those trying to get real info to have wade through this garbage....

Not long ago folks here on CB dismissed iphones and android candy bar designs with full touch screen. There is very little BlackBerry is doing to differentiate from the pack.

Pricing Z30- ridiculous. Look at Google nexus. Nexus 5 will launch soon with superior specs than iPhone 5S at unlocked $300. BlackBerry will never learn. I guess Canadians are one egoistic bunch.

Posted from my Last ever BB

Using Q10 right now. Can't have a bluetooth connection and mobile hotspot at the same time. So stupid

Posted from my Last ever BB

Docs To Go needs to support the following functions:

- Formula Wizard in Excel
- Apply operations to multiple cells
- Edit placement of objects in PowerPoint
- Insert objects, slides, and transitions

In it's current form, Docs To Go Excel and PowerPoint are only useful as file viewers.
Please add more functionality!

Posted via CB10

I would love docs to go if the powerpoint abilities were more robust. I need to be able to hdmi out a powerpoint that has the odd embedded media file or at the very least be able to handle slide timings, transitions and/or animations.
Until DTG can do that....it's useless to me.

Posted via CB10

My Bold 9930 has the ability to insert a photo in a document which I desperately need on my Q10 or I may have to consider returning the device (although I don't want to). Either that or use my Bold side by side to send the final document to the Q10 using NFC and email it to my employer.

Posted via CB10

I'm sure that these features will improved over time on Z10, and Z30. All those negative comments are a waste of time, and space! Just go away if you don't have anything subjective to say.

Posted via CB10

Can you export xls as pdf yet? Why?
From MS,
If you have a 2007 Microsoft Office file that you want to share with others but do not want them to change the format, you may want to save the file as a PDF.

DocsToGo is missing far too many features. How can anyone think otherwise?

I use Excel all day everyday, huge spreadsheets with really complex Formulae....no way would I want to do any of my work on a phone!! All I would ever want a phone to do is view the file and possibly make minor changes - 24" monitor minimum for me.

Posted via CB10

James, great article and great concept.

This is exactly the information potential buyers need to know about their new phone.

Perhaps a post capturing all of your Z30 reviews would also be beneficial? You can call is something like "Z30 Reviews" with a note that this review is for OS10.2, and is therefore applicable to Z10/Q10/Q5 etc... make sure that Google hits this page first.

P.s. Remove negative comments as these add no value to your review. And perhaps point to your "Story Maker" article when commenting on PowerPoint.

Posted via CB10

Does the Z30 version of excel allow for adding new sheets and renaming them?

On the Z10, I have not been able to find a way and thus still rely on a PC to get work done. This needs to be addressed so people can actually "keep moving".

Posted via CB10

I'm not getting the point of all the "how to do (blank) on the Z30" articles... isn't the z30 the same as the z10 except for size of the screen...?

Posted via CB10

CB redoing for the flagship device, why not have the best BlackBerry on display showing the latest software and the software's features.

Docs to Go is very handy and great that it comes STD on BB10. Think it's easier to use than the windows phone office suite!!

Posted via CB10

Any difference in Doc To Go in between Z30 and Z10? I don't think there are any significant changes. Then, why titled as "Z30" and not "Z10 and Z30"? Again, ask you to buy new one, forgo the old one!

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