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 can't see the reading view button, tap the More button , then tap Stop Editing.

 When you're in reading view, tap the More button   to do other things with your document:

  • Share the document
  • Export the document
  • Print the document

In reading view in Pages, you can turn the page navigator, two-page view or word count on or off. Depending on your device, tap the View Options button  or the More button  to access these features.

In reading view in Keynote, you can play the presentation.

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, 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 on your device, your existing documents open in reading view. Just tap the Edit button in the toolbar to start editing your document.

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 opens how you left it – in reading or editing view. 

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