How to Copy Microsoft Office Files to the iPad

Open existing Word, Excel, and PowerPoint files on your iPad

Apple IPad
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Microsoft Office is available on iOS, but before you can get to work on your Word, Excel, and PowerPoint projects, you need to be able to open them on your iPad. Microsoft uses OneDrive as its cloud-based storage on Apple's device. With that in mind, we'll show you how to transfer your files to OneDrive so you can access them in iOS.

This guide applies to iOS 11 or later.

How to Transfer Your Files to OneDrive

  1. Visit the OneDrive website from the computer containing your files and sign in, if needed.

  2. Open the folder on your hard drive that contains your Office documents. On a Windows-based PC, you can get there via Windows Explorer. On a Mac, you can use Finder.

  3. Select and drag your documents into OneDrive. They will upload automatically. If you have a lot of files, this could take some time to complete.

    Screenshot depicting a file upload to OneDrive
  4. When you go into Word, Excel, or PowerPoint on the iPad, your files will now be waiting for you.

    Screenshot of files in Microsoft Word for iOS

Use OneDrive on Your PC, Too

It's a good idea to use OneDrive for both your iPad and your PC. This will keep your files synced across both devices. Microsoft Office even supports multiple users in a document at the same time.