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Question: if I create WORD and EXCEL files on my MacBook Pro which are are automatically added to the Apple iCloud, can I open and edit them on my on my iPad 4

I am confused about the benefit of OFFICE 365. 1) if I create WORD and EXCEL files on my MacBook Pro which are are automatically added to the Apple iCloud, can I open and edit them on my on my iPad 4


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On your iPad you first need to have Settings > [username] > iCloud > iCloud Drive turned on. Then when saving in Word or Excel check that you are saving it to iCloud Drive. When you name the document you can select where you want it saved (e.g., on your iPhone, on iCloud Drive, on OneDrive, etc).

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May 25, 2018 1:33 PM in response to radiowatch In response to radiowatch

I'm not sure what you mean by "automatically added to the Apple iCloud." You would have to have turned on the iCloud Drive option on your MacBook Pro and then opted to save the file to iCloud Drive, or you would have had to turn on the Desktop and Documents option for iCloud Drive and then saved the file to anywhere in Desktop and Documents.


Once a file is saved to iCloud Drive you can edit it from an iPad 4.


The following from Microsoft Word on the App Store explains the relationship to Office 365 (you can edit documents on an iPad with a screen size of 10.1 inches or smaller without an Office 365 subscription).

To create or edit documents, sign in with a free Microsoft account on devices with a screen size of 10.1 inches or smaller.

Unlock the full Microsoft Office experience with a qualifying Office 365 subscription (see http://aka.ms/Office365subscriptions) for your phone, tablet, PC and Mac.


If you do have an Office 365 subscription, it includes free storage on OneDrive and you may find that more convenient to use with Microsoft products than iCloud Drive, but both will work.

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May 25, 2018 2:53 PM in response to radiowatch In response to radiowatch

On your iPad you first need to have Settings > [username] > iCloud > iCloud Drive turned on. Then when saving in Word or Excel check that you are saving it to iCloud Drive. When you name the document you can select where you want it saved (e.g., on your iPhone, on iCloud Drive, on OneDrive, etc).

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Question: if I create WORD and EXCEL files on my MacBook Pro which are are automatically added to the Apple iCloud, can I open and edit them on my on my iPad 4