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Pages for iOS (iPad): Share documents by connecting to your computer

Share documents by connecting to your computer

Using iTunes on your computer, you can directly transfer documents between your iPad, iPhone, or iPod touch and your computer. You can import Pages ’09, Microsoft Word, or plain text (.txt) documents from your computer to be viewed or edited in Pages on your iOS device.

You can export Pages documents created on your iOS device to your computer in Pages, PDF, or Microsoft Word file format.

To learn about how to connect your iOS device to a computer, see the relevant topics in the device’s User Guide. (In Safari bookmarks on your iOS device, tap the User Guide link, and then search for “sync”.)

Export a document to your computer:

  1. Open the document you want to export, and then tap Tools button in the toolbar.

  2. Tap “Share and Print,” and then tap “Send to iTunes.”

  3. Tap the document format you want to export to: Pages, PDF, or Microsoft Word.

  4. Connect your iOS device to your computer and open iTunes on your computer. After a moment, your iOS device appears in the left side of the iTunes window (under Devices).

  5. In iTunes, select your iOS device, and then click Apps.

  6. Scroll to the bottom of the Apps window, and then select Pages (in the Apps list under File Sharing).

  7. Select the name of the document you want to transfer to your computer and click “Save to.”

  8. In the window that appears, navigate to the location where you want to store the document, and then click Open.

Import a document from your computer:

Pages doesn’t import rich text format (.rtf) file types. Convert .rtf files to another supported file type before importing them into Pages.

Pages can open documents that were saved using some types of file encryption available in Microsoft Office 97 or later. If you can’t open an encrypted Microsoft Word document, try changing the type of encryption or the encryption options used, and then save it again before opening it in Pages.

  1. Connect your iOS device to your computer and open iTunes on your computer. After a moment, your iOS device appears in the left side of the iTunes window (under Devices).

  2. In iTunes, select your iOS device, and then click Apps.

  3. Scroll to the bottom of the Apps window and select Pages (in the Apps list under File Sharing).

  4. Click Add, and then locate the document you want to import in the Open window that appears.

  5. Select the file, and then click Open.

  6. Open Pages on your iOS device.

  7. In Documents view, tap New Presentation button, and then tap iTunes.

  8. Tap the name of the document you want to import.

    The document is downloaded to your iOS device and appears in Documents view.

Imported tables of contents are displayed but can’t be updated on your iOS device. After you export your document back to your Mac, you can update its table of contents.

To learn about sending documents through email, see Send and receive documents in email messages.

To learn about storing your documents in iCloud, see Keep documents up to date across your devices using iCloud.

To learn about exchanging files with a WebDAV server, see Share documents using a WebDAV server.

Last Modified: Sep 26, 2012
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