How to Get Documents Onto Your iPad

By Spanner Spencer

The iPad can connect to external wireless keyboards via Bluetooth or display a full QWERTY keyboard on its touchscreen, making it possible to perform word processing tasks on a variety of different document types. Ebook reading applications are also available, allowing the iPad to display digital books, magazines and newspaper once the documents are loaded onto the device. Transferring these documents to the iPad requires the device to have suitable applications already installed, after which the documents can be transferred via USB.

Things You'll Need

  • IPad USB cable
  • ITunes

Step 1

Download and install the latest version of iTunes onto your computer (see Resources).

Step 2

Launch the App Store application on the iPad and search for an application that's compatible with the type of document you want to load. Once located, open the app's listing page and tap the "INSTALL" button to confirm its download.

Step 3

Connect the iPad to the computer using its USB cable. ITunes will automatically detect the iPad and create an entry for it in the "DEVICES" section of the left-hand column.

Step 4

Select the iPad in the "DEVICES" section of iTunes, followed by the "Apps" tab.

Step 5

Scroll down to the "File Sharing" section, and select the application that's compatible with your documents from the "Apps" list.

Step 6

Drag and drop your document files into the "Documents" box to the right of the "Apps" list.

Step 7

Click the "Sync" button in the lower-right corner of the iTunes window. Any documents in the "Documents" box will be transferred to the iPad, where they'll be available through the selected application.

Tips & Warnings

  • Documents can also be copied from the iPad to the computer using the same method, dragging the files out of the "Documents" box and dropping them into a folder on the computer.