8 Replies Latest reply: Apr 17, 2011 3:01 PM by Elizabeth Ingraham
vanessafromrichmond hill Level 1 Level 1

I need help if I get an iPad 2 can I type documents on it by using microsoft word

iPad 2
  • bloodrainbow Level 1 Level 1

    Microsoft do not currently produce a version of Office for iPad, however you can use iWork (Pages, Numbers and Keynote) to produce Word, Excel and Powerpoint documents on iPad.

  • bloodrainbow Level 1 Level 1

    For more info check the App Store.

  • JPHoke Level 1 Level 1

    the quick answer is yes, if you puchase Pages (MS Word), Keynote (Powerpoint) and/or Numbers (Excel). the longer answer depends on the versions of the MS Office suite you are using at work, what formats you are saving in, etc.


    I have had a number of issues with Excel spreadsheets in Numbers, especially row spans, col spans, and some more tricky formatting that Office 2010 on Windows supports. As far as Word goes, i'd say that 99% of the docs I have opened in Pages have no issues- but as it is a different app, there may be something screwed up in the translation.


    Saving Pages docs back to MS Word have no issues for me at this time, ditto for Keynote - Numbers is still the odd man out so I avoid editing xlsx files whenever possible on my iPad


    I hope this helps, are there specific types of docs that you are concerned with? Knowing more specifics may give more background for a better answer ;)

  • vimokshananda Level 1 Level 1

    I also had the same question, thanks for your clarity in answering!

    For creation of simple text documents, I am now using "documents" a low-cost iPad app. It's simple but nowhere comparable to MS office or ipages.

  • Elizabeth Ingraham Level 6 Level 6

    Count me in as a supporter of using Pages to produce and to edit Word documents. I work at a university where most of my students use Word and where I collaborate on technical documents in Word. 99.9 % of the time the export from Pages and the import into Pages goes flawlessly. The exception is likely to be student papers using extensive images where the formatting can get a little wonky in Pages--nothing I can't adjust easily if, for example, I need to save a copy of the document.


    And I find that I perform do many functions faster in Pages than my colleagues can in Word.


    And Pages on the iPad is a dream!


    Similarly with Keynote. I had to export a lengthy and visually intensive presentation into PowerPoint for delivery at a conferrpence and I only had to tweak two slides.

  • jconstantine Level 1 Level 1

    You might also look at Documents To Go or Quick Office Connect Mobile Suite. Both rare available on the app store and by reading reviews both sound like they do a fair job of reading, creating and editing the MS office suite documents. I've never used either as I've been able to do well with numbers and pages thus far. As to the comment above about numbers...I have had issues with others opening my numbers spreadsheets but find viewing spreadsheets in numbers works well.

  • JeeWeeEe Level 1 Level 1

    I second DocumentsToGo. First of all, it has much better support for Word styles. Secondly, it can synchronize with MobileMe and with a special Desktop Client, making it much easier to use in combination with desktop computers where ever they are located.

  • Elizabeth Ingraham Level 6 Level 6

    I've read good things about Documents to Go, but I dont need it as Pages also can be used with MobileMe for syncing with my desktop (which in my cases is a laptop) and, as noted, I've had great success with even the most complex documents.