How to Copy Microsoft Office Files to the iPad

Open existing Word, Excel and PowerPoint files on your iPad

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Microsoft Office has landed on the iPad, but before you can get to work on your Word, Excel and PowerPoint documents, you'll need to be able to open them on your iPad. Microsoft uses OneDrive (formerly known as SkyDrive) as its cloud-based storage for Microsoft Office on the iPad, so to open your files, you will need to transfer them to OneDrive.

How to Transfer the Files

  1. Go to in the web browser on the PC that contains your Office files.
  2. Sign in using the same credentials you used signing up for Microsoft Office on the iPad.
  3. Open the folder containing your Office documents on your computer. On a Windows-based PC, you can get to this by going through My Computer or This PC, depending on the version of Windows. On a Mac, you can use Finder.
  4. Once you locate your files, you can simply drag them from the containing folder and drop them on the OneDrive web page. This will begin the upload process. If you have a lot of files, this could take some time to complete.
  5. When you go into Word, Excel or PowerPoint on the iPad, your files will now be waiting for you.

Use OneDrive on Your PC, Too

It's also a good idea to use OneDrive for both your iPad and your PC. This will keep the files synced, so you don't need to go through these steps again just because you updated a document on your PC. Microsoft Office will even support multiple users in the document at the same time.