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 minimizes 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 corner of the screen. If you don't see the reading view button, tap the More button , then tap Stop Editing.

 While in reading view, tap the More button   to do some other things with your document:

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

In Pages, you can turn the page navigator, two-page view, and word count on or off, as well as show or hide annotations and comments. Depending on your device, tap the View Options button  or the More button  in Pages 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 or later on your device, existing documents 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 opens how you left it—in reading or edit view. 

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