How to Open Office in an iPad

by Matt McGew

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 email from any Post Office Protocol (POP3) enabled email account. The Mail application can also open Microsoft Word, Exel and PowerPoint Office files.


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


Tap the "Mail" icon on your iPad.


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


Select the email message that contains the Microsoft Office attachment.


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


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

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About the Author

Since 1992 Matt McGew has provided content for on and offline businesses and publications. Previous work has appeared in the "Los Angeles Times," Travelocity and "GQ Magazine." McGew specializes in search engine optimization and has a Master of Arts in journalism from New York University.

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