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Working with the Microsoft Office Apps for iPad

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In this chapter from Microsoft Office for iPad: An Essential Guide to Microsoft Word, Excel, PowerPoint, and OneDrive, you get started working with the Office for iPad apps. You see how to create new documents and save them, to either your OneDrive cloud storage or to your local iPad storage. You also learn how to share and print documents from the iPad apps.
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And because this is the chapter where you begin working with documents on the iPad, you also learn about how to work in the Office apps that have been adapted for use in a touch environment like the iPad, rather than the versions of Office you’ve been used to using for years, which rely on menus, a keyboard, and mouse.

Creating New Documents

Working with any documents in the Office for iPad apps requires that you be signed in to your Office 365 account, and I’m going to make the assumption in this and subsequent chapters that you have already done so, as discussed in Chapter 2.

To create a new blank document in Word, Excel, or PowerPoint, you follow the same basic procedure. Follow these steps:

  1. On the iPad, tap the icon for the app you want to work in. We’re using Word in this example.

    The app opens to the file manager, and is set to the Open tab by default (4.1).


    4.1 You use the file manager to access files from either your OneDrive or the iPad’s internal storage.

  2. Tap the New icon.

    The New screen appears (4.2), and contains a blank document template at its upper-left corner, as well as some other templates (we’ll discuss those other templates in Chapter 5).


    4.2 Use the first listed template to create a blank document.

  3. Tap New Blank Document (in Word), New Blank Workbook (Excel), or Office Light (PowerPoint) template.

    The new document opens, ready for editing (4.3).


    4.3 Word has created a new document, ready for you to fill it with your brilliance.

    In 4.3, you can see that the onscreen keyboard is displayed. That was because I didn’t have an external Bluetooth keyboard connected to my iPad at the time. When a Bluetooth keyboard is connected, the onscreen keyboard doesn’t appear.

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