How to Edit Word Docs on My iPad

By Anne Hirsh

You can edit Word documents on your iPad through any of several apps, although the apps that allow you the most features cost a small to moderate fee. Documents To Go and Quick Office are the top apps for editing Word documents, based on their features and stability. For example, each of these apps allows opening and saving .doc and .docx files, rich text formatting and integration with one or more file sharing services to store and manage your files. Apple's Pages for iPad also allows you to edit and save Word documents, although formatting issues may occur.

Things You'll Need

  • Word-compatible app

Step 1

Browse the iPad App Store to locate a Word editing app. Tap the price button and confirm your purchase to download and install the app on your iPad.

Step 2

Tap to launch the service where your Word document is stored. This may be an email that has the document attached, a website where the document is stored or a file sharing service.

Step 3

Tap the Word file to open it in preview mode.

Step 4

Select your Word-editing app if the iPad offers you "Open with..." options. If not, look for the "Send to" button, which is a rectangle with an arching arrow pointing out of it. Tap this and select your Word-editing app. Either method sends the document into the app for editing and opens the document in that app.

Step 5

Tap the document anywhere you want to edit it, using the virtual keyboard or an external keyboard to type your changes. Each app has different features for editing formatting, so consult your app's help file, often an "i" or question mark icon, to learn how to access its features such as bold or italics, text color and paragraphing.

Step 6

Navigate your document using your finger as a mouse to insert the cursor, highlight and select text to edit. Hold your finger on the text to pop up the magnified view, which lets you insert the cursor between letters in a word.

Step 7

Swipe up or down to scroll through your document and find the areas you need to edit.

Step 8

Tap the "Save" button, which may be hidden under an arrow icon or other menu, to save your changes. Select where you want the file to save if the app gives you this option, and whether you want to save it under a new name.

Tips & Warnings

  • As of March 2011, no iPad apps support Word's Track Changes function, so you will not be able to keep track of edits you make to the document.