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Working with iCloud in PowerPoint for iOS - iPad

Learn how to work with files stored on your iCloud in PowerPoint for iOS - iPad.


Product/Version: PowerPoint for iOS - iPad


Unlike OneDrive and Dropbox which you add as a Place to access and save files in PowerPoint for iPad, Apple's iCloud does not work the same way. To access and save files on your iCloud Drive, you will have to work a little differently as explained within this tutorial.

Note: You cannot save a new file or resave a file saved on OneDrive or Dropbox into iCloud. You can only open and save files that are already on your iCloud. Hopefully this will change in the future.

Follow these steps to open files on iCloud in PowerPoint for iPad:

  1. You should be in the opening screen of PowerPoint for iPad, as shown in Figure 1, below.
  2. PowerPoint’s opening screen
    Figure 1: PowerPoint's opening screen
  3. If you have already opened another file, you will have to close it by tapping the Back button on the Ribbon, as shown highlighted in green in Figure 2, below.
  4. Back button
    Figure 2: Back button
  5. Now tap the Open tab on the left pane. In the resultant window, tap the More option highlighted in red within Figure 3, below.
  6. Tap the More option
    Figure 3: Tap the More option
  7. This will open your iCloud Drive. Select a PowerPoint file. You'll notice that the PowerPoint file shown in Figure 4, below has no preview or icon. If your iCloud Drive has many files, you can also use the Search option available. To open any file, tap on it.
  8. Tap on a file to open it
    Figure 4: Tap on a file to open it
  9. PowerPoint will now load the file from your iCloud Drive (see Figure 5).
  10. Opening a file from the iCloud Drive
    Figure 5: Opening a file from the iCloud Drive
  11. Your files will now open in PowerPoint, ready to be edited and viewed, as shown in Figure 6, below. Note that you can make changes to this file and save it back to your iCloud Drive. However you cannot save a new file created in PowerPoint to iCloud. Your file must already exist in the iCloud Drive for PowerPoint to open, view and save it.
  12. File opened from iCloud
    Figure 6: File opened from iCloud
Tip: You are not limited to the iCloud Drive. You can also open files from Box and other cloud locations. Explore our Access Files from Cloud Locations in PowerPoint for iPad tutorial to learn more.

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