- You can get the Microsoft Word app on your iPad through the App Store.
- Once you sign into your Microsoft Office account on an iPad, you will be able to create documents, view recent files, and share projects from the device.
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Microsoft Word allows you to write, edit, and save documents – whether it’s a shared assignment, a presentation for work, or a personal project. Although it’s most commonly used on a PC or Mac computer, you can also download the app to access files on your iPad.
The Word app is extremely similar to the desktop version, and allows you to create a blank document or start from a template. Additionally, you can quickly view a list of your recent files or shared projects. After downloading the app from the App Store, you’ll be prompted to sign into your Microsoft Office account, or create an account if you don’t have one already.
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How to download
on your iPad
1. Open the App Store on your iPad.
2. Tap on the “Search” option at the bottom-right hand corner of the app.
3. Type “Microsoft Word” or “Word” in the search bar at the top. The App Store should automatically populate search results and show Microsoft Word for iPad. You can also download Microsoft Excel and PowerPoint.
4. Tap “Get” next to Microsoft Word. If you’ve previously downloaded the app, a cloud icon with an arrow will show instead. This prompts you to redownload the app from iCloud.
5. You can also tap on the Microsoft Word app to view more details. There, you can also tap “Get” or the iCloud download.
6. Enter your Apple ID password if prompted. If your settings do not require a password for free app downloads, Microsoft Word should automatically start downloading. Tap the download icon again to pause if you need to.
7. Press your Home button to return to your iPad home screen. You should see the Microsoft Word app downloading.
How to set up the
app on your
1. After Word has finished downloading, tap to open the app. Once the app loads, you will be greeted with a series of pop-ups you’ll have to tap through.
2. The first pop-up will read “Use Word on the Go.” You have the option to sign-up for free, sign into an existing account, or skip this step. Tap “Not Now” to skip.
3. The next pop-up will detail Microsoft’s updated privacy settings for mobile apps. Tap to learn more or tap “Next” to move on.
4. The pop-up “Getting better together” asks you the question, “Do you want to send optional data about Office to Microsoft?” Tap to learn more, accept, or decline the offer. Regardless of your choice, this will move you to the next screen.
5. Tap “OK” after reading the next pop-up and adjusting your privacy settings if needed.
6. When prompted with “Don’t Miss Anything” you are given the option, “Get notified when someone shares a document or collaborates with you.” Tap the blue button to turn this feature on, or tap “Not Now” to skip. You can always adjust these settings later.
7. The final pop-up will read “You’re All Set” letting you know, “You’re now ready to view documents.” Tap the blue “View” button to continue.
How to use
1. You are now able to use the Microsoft Word app on your iPad, with options to view a list of recent documents, shared projects, or open saved files on the left hand side. The top option of the toolbar allows you to start creating new documents. You can also take a tour of Word.
2. Tap “Blank document” to start a new document, or choose from one of the templates to make a newsletter, brochure, or other file type. You should recognise the setup of a blank document as looking almost identical to Word on a PC or Mac.
3. Regardless of which option you pick, you will be prompted to sign in. You will be unable to edit and save changes in your document until you sign into a Microsoft account.
How to sign into your
account on your
You can sign in from a document page (or almost any other page), but the easiest way is to tap on “Settings” when you first open the app. It should be the last option on the left blue toolbar.
1. The Settings pop-up should open. Tap “Sign in” at the top.
2. Enter your email and password when prompted. If you don’t have an existing Microsoft Office account, you also have the option to create one at this time. You can also recover your password if you forgot it.
3. Once you’ve correctly entered your information or signed up, tap the blue “Sign in” button.
4. You should see your name at the top of the “Settings” pop-up. You can now save changes in your documents and are free to use the app as you please. Similar to iCloud, if you are signed in with the same Microsoft Office account on both your iPad and PC or Mac, file changes will sync across your devices as you edit. Your recent documents list will also update as you work.
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