Best Free iPad Word Processing Apps

Tablets are great because they allow us to edit textual documents from any place we want. We are not tied to our desktop computers, but can bring our work with us, and work on it wherever we are. That goes for iPad which is a highly popular device, known for its efficiency and convenience.

Since most documents we work on are text and writings, we need a word processing application. There are really plenty of them on the app market, with a range of different prices. However, to edit text and Word documents, you don’t have to pay. You can use the two best word processors available on the market completely free.

1) Word for iPad

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Unlike its desktop counterpart, the Word document app for iPad is completely free. It can be used without any limitations, and has lots of advanced features. Basically you can create tables, add bookmarks, store documents online, share them with friends, convert to PDF, adjust margins, insert pictures, links, text box and much more. It is hard to list all of the app’s amazing features here, but we definitely suggest to try it out. You don’t have to upload the document to OneDrive, you can store it locally on your iPad.

2) Google Docs

The best choice for accessing all those documents stored on the popular Google Drive is to use Google Docs application for iPad.

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Not that it offers a big variety of text and paragraph editing features, but it automatically stores all changes inside your Google Drive account so you don’t have to worry about losing data. You can easily save your file in Word format and share it with anyone via the web.

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3) PDF to Word

PDF format is preferred by most business users, as it removes all concerns about data formatting. It looks the same on all devices, and minimizes the possibility of accidental unwanted edits.

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However, if you want to edit it on your iPad, you would need an app which converts PDF to Word. The one which does it pretty fast and without any hassle is PDF to Word app. It is already pretty popular, so it is a must have for all users who have to convert PDF to Word on their iOS device. After making all the urgent edits, you can convert your document back to PDF, and send it to anyone who needs it.

How to see which version of iOS you have on your iPad?

Bloggers and tech writers are often writing about different iOS software versions, but you are not sure which version you have. Should you upgrade or not?

Here’s a quick tip on how you can see which version of iOS you have on your iPad device.

Go to Settings.

Next, go to About.

Then find the section where it says Version, as you see in the image.

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The number you see represents the version of your iOS.

How to convert a Google document to docx format on your iPad and vice versa

Converting from Google Docs to Word format on iPad

Formats’ incompatibility can sometimes cause a big headache. The usual case is that specific software support only specific formats, so in situations where people are using different types of software, we have to perform format conversions in order to be able to use the data in the documents.

That is the main reason Cometdocs exists, as we specialize in the file conversion segment.

If you want to create Word documents on your iPad, there are multiple apps you can use. For example, you can use the Microsofts’s free app, or Google’s app for documents.

If you use Google Drive, we assume Google Docs is your choice for working with documents. It is a good app indeed, with lots of useful features, but one of the small annoyances of working in it is the need to convert documents to Google Docs format if you want to invite other people to edit them and add comments.

Also, if you create a new document from scratch on your Google Docs, the document will by default be in Google Docs format.

Google Docs format is pretty good, but it is not recommended to send it to other users before converting it to docx first. The person receiving the document probablyonly uses Microsoft Word and formatting might get messy and unreadable. That is certainly not what you want.

So to convert a document to docx format, go to Google Docs, tap on the file name and choose the option Share & Export.

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In the next step choose Save to Word (docx) format.

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To convert documents the other way around, go to your docx document, open it, click on compatibility error and choose Save as Google Docs.

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Convert doc to docx and vice versa

As a reminder, if you have problems with doc and docx format on your iPad, you can easily convert files between these two formats by using one of our mobile apps that convert docx to doc or doc to docx.

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Guide for selecting data in Excel on iPad

Being able to modify, move or delete data in our Excel spreadsheets is necessary while working on editing them. However, the selection is done differently on your desktop computer and tablet device. With computers we use a mouse, while with tablets we use our fingers. It can be hard for us if we are not used to it.
Here are some tricks that can help you select data in Excel spreadsheet better.

1) Select the whole sheet with one tap.

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Sometimes we need to select the whole sheet. We can do it with one tap in the upper left corner. See how it looks on this image.

2) Select one column by tapping on the letter above it.

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All columns are sorted by letters, A, B, C and so on, so tap on the appropriate letter, as the image shows, to select the whole column.

3) To select a whole row or column, tap on the row number.

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Each row has a number, so in order to select the whole row, tap on its number.

4) Select a part of the sheet.

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To select a part of the sheet, tap on the small green circle and manually drag it over the cells you wish to select. There are two of them for the start and beginning of selection.

5) Make a row or column larger.

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To expand a row or a column to be able to view its whole content, after selection click on the horizontal lines which appear in its beginning.

Don’t forget about app for convert PDF to Excel on your iPAD. 

How to edit your PDF files on iPad completely free

PDF documents are excellent when it comes to managing and sending data. No matter who you send your PDF file to, they will be able to read it without you having to worry that the formatting will get messed up, or that images will be misaligned, and similar issues.

But sometimes we want to edit PDF files. For example, we notice that we missed a paragraph, misspelled a letter and so on.

There are some PDF editing apps on App Store, but none of them are free.

However, with Cometdocs’s apps you can edit PDF files completely free of charge. Here we’ll show you how.

You will need one PDF converter app and one PDF creator app to successfully complete the task.

First convert your PDF to an appropriate editable format, such as Word, Excel, Text, PowerPoint, depending on the previous, source format of the PDF file.

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After you’ve converted the PDF, you can make the necessary edits and then convert the file back to PDF by using the app Create PDF. This way you’ll again have a format that’s the safest for sharing with others.

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It is all very easy and convenient. The screenshots should help to guide you through the conversion process.