Word for iPad – Getting Started

Microsoft Word for iPad does not have all the features of the Windows desktop version, but it does have sufficient tools available for the majority of documents produced.

 Install & Set up Word for iPad

Microsoft Word should be downloaded from the App Store and will automatically be installed. Once installed open the app to configure.







You need to progress through the information screens, shown above, by swiping.

When you get to the sign in screen, if you have an Office 365 account you should sign in with in now. Whilst Word for iPad can be used without an Office 365 account, you only get the full functionality with.

Having signed in you can now see all your recent documents from SharePoint online sites, OneDrive for business and your personal OneDrive if you have added this to Word on your Windows laptop/desktop.

Creating a new document

To create a new document:

  1. Choose New from the sidebar
  2. Choose a template for your new document
  3. Write your document

Saving a new document

To save a document for the first time:

  1. Tap the Save icon from within the document
  2. Tap Name
  3. Choose location in the choices screen
  4. Set the Name and tap Save

Adding a SharePoint Site

Additional sites from your organisations Office 365 hosted SharePoint can be added to Word for iPad, making it possible to view and edit documents stored there.

To add an Office 365 SharePoint site:

  1. From the start screen, select Open
  2. The tap Add a Place
  3. Select SharePoint URL
  4. Enter full site URL including https://

  5. Tap Next and you will see the site contents load

You can now open, edit and save documents back to the library.

Formatting a document

When creating a document the text formatting tools can be found on the Home tab.

Most are standard formatting tools. However as with the PC and Mac versions of Word, Word for iPad has styles available. Styles are a great way of getting consistent formatting through your document and between documents.

To use styles:

  1. Type in the text, leaving your cursor at the end of the text to be formatted
  2. Tap the Style button
  3. Choose appropriate style


NOTE: the names of the styles match the purpose of the text in the document. So use Title for the document title, Heading 1 for first level headings etc.


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