How to Transfer Microsoft Office Files To and From Your iPad

by Joe Murray

    Although there is no iPad Microsoft Office app, several companies make apps to write or edit documents in Office format, which you can then transfer to your computer via iTunes. You can also install a cloud storage app on both your computer and iPad so you can share documents between devices.

    From iPad to Computer via iTunes

    Step 1

    Download and install a productivity app that supports file sharing on your iPad, such as Documents to Go, QuickOffice or Office2 HD.

    Step 2

    Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad to the computer via the Apple Dock Connector. Select your iPad from the Devices sidebar of iTunes.

    Step 3

    Click the “Apps” tab on the main pane displaying information about your iPad and scroll down to the File Sharing section.

    Step 4

    Select the app with the Office file you wish to transfer to your PC. A list of files supported by that app appears.

    Step 5

    Choose “Save To…” and save the file to your desired location.

    From Computer to iPad via iTunes

    Step 1

    Open iTunes on your computer and connect your iPad to the computer via the Apple Dock Connector. Select your iPad from the Devices sidebar of iTunes.

    Step 2

    Click the “Apps” tab on the main pane displaying information about your iPad and scroll down to the File Sharing section.

    Step 3

    Select the iPad app to which you want to add the Office file on your computer. Click “Add” to open your Documents library on your PC.

    Step 4

    Click “Open." The Office file appears on the app Documents list on your computer and is automatically synced with the app on your iPad.

    Transfer Office Files via a Cloud Storage App

    Step 1

    Download and install a cloud storage app, such as Box, SugarSync, or Dropbox to both your iPad and your PC.

    Step 2

    Open an Office file on your PC and save it to the cloud storage app. Follow the manufacturer’s instructions to sync the file as apps differ.

    Step 3

    Open an Office file in the productivity app on your iPad. Choose “Open in…” or similar, depending on the manufacturer to send the file to your cloud storage app, which automatically syncs with the app on your PC.

    Transfer Files via Email

    Step 1

    Save your file on your PC. Click “Save and Send” from the File Menu of your file to email it to yourself.

    Step 2

    Open the mail program on your iPad and click the file.

    Step 3

    Click the arrow located on the toolbar and then select “Open In…” Select your productivity app.

    Step 4

    Open your productivity app on your iPad to send a file to your computer. Choose “Email File” or similar, depending on the software.

    Tips

    • Be sure to choose an app that supports file sharing and Office file extensions. Many of these apps can be purchased as a suite or as a standalone program.
    • Cloud storage apps are often available at no charge for a limited amount of storage (usually 2 to 5GB); higher storage can be purchased either monthly or yearly. Each cloud app has its own features; try the free version before you commit. Many cloud apps have a Web-based service so that you can access your files from any computer on the Internet.

    Warnings

    • Most cloud storage apps do not have the capacity to edit. Choose “Open in…” or similar to select an Office editing app. You cannot transfer documents from a computer to an iPad using Apple’s iCloud. This service only works on a Mac computer.

    About the Author

    Joe Murray San Francisco, CA, US Joe Murray began writing professionally in 1980. As a technical writer, he authored numerous white papers, journals and articles for publications and websites for Hewlett Packard and Intel. Since retiring, Murray has written several home-exchange travel articles for KnowYourTrade.com and CHECtravel, among other outlets. He holds a Bachelor of Arts in philosophy from Santa Clara University. Murray has made more than 50 vacation home exchanges worldwide.

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