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iWork 101 – get started with Pages, Numbers, Keynote

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It’s not long ago that people would call you crazy for trying to get office work done on anything other than the Microsoft Office suite for PC.

Word, Excel, and Powerpoint have been a staple of workplaces for decades, but these days Apple’s home-grown office apps are an excellent choice for creating documents, spreadsheets, and presentations from the comfort of your iPhone or iPad.

Apple’s iWork suite – Pages, Numbers, and Keynote – offer a distinctly Apple-flavored take on word processing, spreadsheets, and presentations, respectively. They’re not just smart and easy-to-use alternatives to Microsoft Office, but the apps co0exist in harmony with the competition.

Anything created in iWork can be opened in Office, and vice versa, making it easy to share progress with colleagues.

Pages, Numbers, and Keynote are available completely free to Apple device owners, all three having received significant updates in the past year including extended Apple Pencil support and improved formatting tools.

Grab the lot from the App Store below if you want to be more productive on your mobile devices.




If you’re new to the iWork suite, you might be feeling a little overwhelmed by the prospect of moving to a whole new set of apps. We’ve got you covered, though, with starter guides to all three. Press the headings below for more.

Pages 101

Gone are the days when you needed a desktop computer to create, edit, and share documents. You don’t even need a tablet computer, because Apple’s iPhone and the comprehensive Pages app let users wrangle docs and export content right on their smartphones. (Though it works seamlessly on iPad too). There’s so much you can do with this smart app, but let’s begin with some of the basics.

Numbers 101

When it comes to generating and editing spreadsheets, Numbers for iOS might not be your immediate first choice. But the iPhone and iPad, in combination with the free Numbers app, provide iOS users with a great workspace for crunching figures and wrangling formulas while on the go. There’s never been a better time to ditch your desktop PC and work from iOS.

Keynote 101

Apple’s iWork for iOS suite of apps wouldn’t be complete without Keynote, the portable presentation-maker. Whether you’re running Keynote on an iPhone or iPad, the app offers a perfect mobile solution for creating smart-looking presentations while on the go. Here are the app’s core features which will transform you from a slideshow novice into a presenter king in no time at all.