Forum Question: How Do I Use the Document Feature In iCloud?

Do I Have To Have the Apps Pages, Keynote, and Numbers Installed On My Mac and iOS Devices To Use theDocument Feature In iCloud?
I bought a MacBook Pro and installed Microsoft Office. I don’t even know if a MacBook Pro comes with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote preinstalled, if so I have yet to locate it. I use Microsoft Office and would like to send documents from one of the Microsoft programs to the iCloud account I have, but I have no clue how to do that. I think that I am coming to the conclusion that I need to have Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps installed on my MacBook Pro and iPhone. However, since I spent the money on Microsoft Office, I really don’t want to spend another $60 for the MacBook Pro iWorks apps and then another $30 for the same apps on the iPhone. Do I really need these apps, or can I use the iCloud with only Microsoft Office programs? I can read Microsoft Office documents on my iPhone if someone emails me and there is an Office attachment to view, as well as PDF, etc. I could use some help. Thanks!

Comments: 6 Responses to “How Do I Use the Document Feature In iCloud?”

    11/1/11 @ 8:35 pm

    No. That isn’t how document sharing in iCloud works.
    Right now you would only use it to share Pages, Numbers and Keynote documents between iOS devices, not your Mac. You can use to download or upload documents, but only from those three apps.
    Other documents from other applications are not supported.
    What, exactly, are you trying to do? If you want to share Microsoft Office documents between Macs then you can use something like DropBox. But you can’t share them with iOS devices because Microsoft Office doesn’t have an iOS version. You can kind of share some things in other ways. For instance, you could send a Word document to your iOS device via iTunes and covert it to a Pages document there. Or, you can just read documents using various apps like GoodReader, or right in Mail.

      11/10/11 @ 7:59 am

      Go to Using a supported browser (Safari, Firefox, Chrome) drag your Office doc (Word, Excel PowerPoint) onto the browser. It will upload to iCloud. You can then use the Pages, Keynote, or Numbers app to get continue working on the document. When you get back to your computer, go back to and right click on the file that you want to use, and download it as an office document. Works great.

        tom marto
        1/9/12 @ 5:16 pm

        i go to and sign in, and then a microsoft word document from my desktop to the window and nothing happens

          1/9/12 @ 5:37 pm

          iCloud documents work with applications that support iCloud: Pages, Numbers and Keynote. Word doesn’t work with it.

    11/2/11 @ 8:46 am

    I would like to be able to have some of my Office documents on my iPhone. I will eventually get an iPad, so I would like to be able to view some of my documents on that as well. I have tried to use iTunes to send a document to my iOS device, but I can’t seem to find where to do this in iTunes. Is it because I don’t have Pages, Numbers or Keynote installed on my iOS device? I don’t mind if it converts an Office file to Pages, Numbers, or Keynote. I know I can email myself these files, but that defeats the purpose of having the iCloud option that Apple has created (IMO). Thanks again for the help!

      11/2/11 @ 8:57 am

      You need an app on your iOS device that can read/edit the document type. Without an app, there is no place for the document to exist on your iOS device. So Pages would be one app that can accept .doc files. GoodReader is another (though it is not an editor). You can transfer to either using the iTunes interface (To get the idea: You can now use the site to transfer documents to Pages as well.

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