Use reading view in Pages, Numbers and Keynote

Use reading view in Pages, Numbers or Keynote on iPhone, iPad and iPod touch to view a document without accidentally editing it.

Turn on reading view

You can use reading view to avoid accidentally moving objects or bringing up the keyboard as you view, scroll and interact with text and objects. Reading view minimises the controls to just what you need to view the content and perform certain tasks. 

To turn on reading view, tap the reading view button  in the top right-hand corner of the screen. If you don't see the reading view button, tap the More button  and then tap Stop Editing.

Here are some things you can do while in reading view:

  • To share, export or print the document in Pages, Numbers and Keynote, tap the More button .
  • To turn comments on or off in Pages, Numbers and Keynote, tap the More button, then tap Settings.
  • To turn the page navigator, two-page view and the word count on or off in Pages, tap the More button on iPhone or iPad, or tap the View Options button  on iPad.
  • To show or hide annotations in Pages on iPad, tap the View Options button.
  • In Keynote, you can play your presentation in reading view.

 

Edit a document

To edit a document, tap the Edit button in the toolbar.

You can also start editing if you've selected text, an object or a table while in reading view:

  • Double-tap text and then tap Edit in the menu that appears.  
  • Touch and hold an object or a table, then tap Edit in the menu that appears.


Open and share documents in reading view

After you first update to Pages, Numbers or Keynote 10.1 or later on your device, existing documents will open in reading view. Just tap the Edit button in the toolbar to start editing your document. 

If you want documents to always open in edit view when first opened on your device, tap the More button, tap Settings, tap Editing, then turn on "Open in Edit View".

Share documents

When someone shares a document with you, it opens in reading view the first time you open the document. When you share a document with others, it opens in reading view the first time they open the document. 

Reopen documents

When you reopen a document, it will open how you left it — in reading or edit view. 

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