How to Open Office in an iPad

Written by matt mcgew
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How to Open Office in an iPad
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Microsoft Office is a suite of desktop applications available for Windows and Macintosh computers. Office applications include Microsoft Word, Microsoft Excel and Microsoft PowerPoint. The iPad is a tablet computer manufactured and marketed by Apple Inc. The iPad runs the same operating system as the iPod Touch and the iPhone. The iPad features a built-in Mail application that allows you to send and receive e-mail from any Post Office Protocol (POP3) enabled e-mail account. The Mail application can also open Microsoft Word, Exel and PowerPoint Office files.

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Things you need

  • Computer
  • Cellular data or Wi-Fi connection
  • POP3 enabled e-mail account set up on the iPad's Mail application

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  1. 1

    Send an e-mail with a Microsoft Office attachment to the POP3 enabled e-mail address you have set up on your iPad's Mail application. Your iPad can open Microsoft Word, Excel and PowerPoint applications.

  2. 2

    Tap the "Mail" icon on your iPad.

  3. 3

    Select the email account you sent the Microsoft Office attachment to in Step 1. The Mail application will automatically download available incoming e-mails after you select the email account.

  4. 4

    Select the email message that contains the Microsoft Office attachment.

  5. 5

    Scroll down to the bottom of the email message. Click the Microsoft Office attachment icon to open the attachment. The Microsoft Office file will automatically open.

Tips and warnings

  • To change the orientation of the Microsoft Office file, you can rotate your iPad 90 degrees.

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