Monthly Archives: March 2014

Microsoft Office for iPad: Add and edit Word documents

On March 27th, Microsoft announced the arrival of the official Office apps for iPad. Three apps are available for download from the App Store for iOS 7 iPad devices: Word, Excel, and PowerPoint. OneNote has been available for the iPad since back in 2011.

Transfer Office documents from PC to iPad

The simplest way to add Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents from PC to iPad is via using a dedicated iOS application like Documents 5 (free) or GoodReader ($7) and a PC program like the free CopyTrans Apps Beta. The process is as simple as dragging and dropping your Office documents from the computer to the iPad. transfer microsoft word documents to ipad

The documents are then directly visible from the iPad (or iPhone). word, excel and powerpoint files on ipad

Here’s a complete tutorial on how to add Office documents to iPad:

Using Office for iPad

For documents which were already synced to the Microsoft SkyDrive, use the Office apps for iPad. Here’s how to add Word documents via using Microsoft’s latest Office apps for iPad.

  • Get yourself the new set of Office apps for iPad

    NOTE: you need to have iOS 7 in order to install Word, Excel, PowerPoint, or OneNote on your iPad. app store showing word excel powerpoint and onenote for ipad

  • Once you open Microsoft Word for iPad, you instantly realize that the app is specifically customized for use on the iPad. The app is neither a stripped-down version of Office for Windows, nor an expanded edition of Office Mobile (which is the free Office app only available for iPhone). word document open for editing on ipad

    Creating and editing Word documents on the iPad is now as easy and as sophisticated as on any PC or Mac computer. You will see that all the existing tabs available for the computer-based version are already available for use on the iPad too. However, there are features designed to answer to the iPad user.

  • Touchscreen techniques for selecting and editing text are a natural part of Office for iPad. word for ipad ios selection technique in action In-document image re-sizing or table inserting are too a screen-tap away.

  • Word, Excel, and PowerPoint for iPad can be downloaded for free. You can use them free of charge for viewing Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents. However, if you’d like to access advanced editing and the ability to create documents on the iPad, you’d need to have a an Office 365 subscription.

The real Microsoft Office apps for iPad are here

Learn more about Microsoft’s Office for iPad by navigating to the official Office blog post below:

Microsoft Office for the iPhone

At this time, you can use the free Office Mobile iOS app which allows you to view and apply basic edits to Word documents on iPhone and iPod Touch. office mobile app for iphone free

To use Office Mobile, you need to have a Microsoft account (i.e. or since the documents are retrieved and stored on your personal OneDrive location. onedrive location for storing word documents for iphone mobile app


How to transfer iPhone apps, app data and game progress to new iPhone

This article will show you how to easily transfer the iOS apps, app data, games and game saves from your old iPhone to a new iPhone.

There are at least two methods to transfer apps and games complete with documents, app data and game progress: via iTunes and via iCloud. I prefer the iCloud method as it offers an automated ‘computer’-less backup of the old device and a complete restore to the new iPhone or iPad. But if you are up to backing up and restoring only specific apps, you are better off with a third-party backup solution.

First, back up your old iPhone app data and game saves

CopyTrans Apps is a free Beta program which works on Windows PCs and allows you to transfer iOS apps complete with app preferences and documents between iPhones. Download CopyTrans Apps from here:

  1. Once you run the program on your computer, connect the iPhone whose apps you wish to save. You will see the iPhone apps get listed on your PC screen iphone app list on windows pc

  2. Choose the apps to backup and click on Backup App backup selected iphone apps button

  3. You will now be allowed to browse to the PC location where to save your iPhone apps

  4. Accept the following prompt by clicking on Ok popup to accept backup of 4 apps

  5. The apps are saved into individual IPA files on your PC. These files contain the apps themselves along with app documents and settings IPA files on windows computer

Now restore the apps to the new iPhone

  1. Connect your new iPhone to the PC. It’s apps appear in the program window new-iphone-connected

  2. Drag and drop the IPA app files from the location on your computer to the main CopyTrans Apps window drag ipa app files from desktop to main program window

  3. Accept the prompt to install the app by clicking Ok install apps prompt in copytrans

  4. The apps and app documents are on your new iDevice

Backup and restore apps with iCloud

iCloud provides a convenient way to backup and restore your iPhone apps. iCloud’s limitation, however, is that you cannot choose what apps and app documents to restore to the new iPhone. The restore is holistic and re-instates the iPhone completely, replacing any previous information you did not back up.

The first step is to create a full backup of your old iPhone via iCloud. iphone games folder on home screen

To do so:

  1. On the old iPhone or iPad, navigate to ‘Settings > iCloud > Storage & Backup > Back Up Now’

  2. Once the backup completes, go to the new iPhone and and follow through the ‘Set Up iPhone’ wizard. Tap “Restore from iCloud Backup. Then enter your iCloud account credentials and tap “Next” to continue set up iphone wizard restore from icloud backup

  3. Agree to the general terms of usage and select the iCloud backup from which to restore. select icloud backup to restore new iphone

    NOTE: be careful to use the same iOS version on your old iPhone at the time of backup as on your new iPhone. I have both devices running iOS 7.1

  4. Once the backup of your old iPhone is restored to the new device, let all of your apps download. All your iPhone settings, apps, app data and games have been restored to the new iPhone.

    iphone games folder on home screen