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#1 krissie



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Posted 11 December 2015 - 11:28 AM

Please advise.

#2 Mike


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Posted 12 December 2015 - 10:40 AM

Dear Krissie


The iPad doesn't have its own file system so it is not possible to download Excel files (from any source) directly to an iPad. 


Excel Mobile (for iPad) is a considerably cut-down free version of the full Excel application and is designed to compliment rather than replace the full version of Excel that you run on your Windows PC.  For example, you can't create conditional formatting rules, named ranges, named cells, comments or spark lines on Excel Mobile (for iPad).  For these reasons the Excel Mobile (for iPad) app isn't suitable for learning Excel but is a great tool for creating simpler workbooks  and for viewing more complex workbooks that you have previously created using the full version of Excel running on your desktop PC.


When using Excel Mobile (for iPad) you have to  load and save files using Microsoft OneDrive (a cloud storage system that saves and loads files to a server residing on the Internet) and not via local files saved on the iPad itself.  In order to view the sample files (or any other Excel file) you need to download the sample files using a personal computer and then copy them to a folder on your OneDrive.  You'll then be able to view the sample files on Excel Mobile (for iPad) unless they incorporate features that are not supported on Excel Mobile (for iPad).  Even if you do this, however, you won't be able to properly learn Excel using your iPad because many lessons teach advanced Excel features that Excel Mobile (for iPad) does not support.  You would be able to work through some of the simpler lessons but there will be differences in the user interface used by the free Excel mobile app.


You can learn a lot more about cloud computing and OneDrive in: Essential Skills Session 8: Cloud Computing, OneDrive and Excel Online (Excel 2013).  This session has been completely revised in our new paper printed book Learn Excel 2016 Essential Skills with The Smart Method  (in stock at Amazon, ISBN:978-1-909253-08-7) to cover the latest developments in the use of Excel Mobile and Excel Online on mobile devices.



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Mike Smart

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