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What's the secret to searching icloud files from iPad apps?

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Jul 29, 2012 10:32 AM

Does anybody know how to find specific files stored in iCloud, when using an iPad?  For example, I have a LOT of Numbers files, and when I open Numbers on iPad, the available files at iCloud is displayed as a giant list of big blocky icons with abbreviated filenames.  That makes finding a file to work on it almost impossible.  I have to be missing something, right?  What's the secret?  On the Mac, you can Spotlight for files in iCloud.  There MUST be something similar for the iPad?

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,760 points)

    Your iCloud files are the files that are in the iWorks apps on the iPad  - as long as you have Use iCloud turned on in the settings as well as Data and Documents.


    If you are using iCloud with Mountain Lion I'm not sure how that works since I'm still using Lion. However, if you name a file on the Mac and upload or sync it to iCloud, it should have the same name when you open the app on the iPad. You can change the file name when you tap on it. The keyboard will pop up with the file name in a text bar and you can change the name there.


    Are you naming the files on the Mac? Am I not understanding what you want to do?

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,760 points)

    I'm sorry but I do not use Numbers. I do use Pages which is one of the three iWorks apps and I can tell you that the only way that Pages lets you sort the files is either by date created/modified or by name. All of the documents in the documents window appear as small thumbnails of the files with the name of the files underneath the thumbnail.


    The file names are abbreviated if they are too long and there is no search feature either. I am using the very latest version of Pages on my iPad - I downloaded the update yesterday. I am not using Mountain Lion yet.

  • Ellen Posner Calculating status...

    I was wondering the same thing. On the ipad or iPhone you can only view your documents as icons or folders but on the computer use can set it in list form.  Why can't this be done on the ipad and iPhone it would be so much easier to read

  • Demo Level 9 Level 9 (73,760 points)

    Ellen Posner wrote:


    Why can't this be done on the ipad and iPhone it would be so much easier to read

    You would have to ask Apple. They designed the apps. You can suggest it to them.


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