Whether you use a PC or a Mac, it’s hard to imagine a day when you don’t have to deal with email attachments. It therefore stands to reason that you’re going to be faced with similar tasks while using your iPad. So, how does the iPad handle email attachments? That question will actually greatly depend on what type of file is attached to your email message in the first place.
This tutorial will show you how you can work with your iPad to handle common files such as photos, iWork or Microsoft Office documents and PDFs. They each behave in slightly different ways, but the principle is actually very similar for each type and it’ll take you next to no time to find your way around the iPad interface.
However, receiving attachments is only half the story. It’s obvious that you will also need to send them out too – whether from Mail itself or via a send option in other apps – which is why we’ll cover that part as well. So pick up your iPad and let’s see how all of this works.
1: Into the photo app
When you’re sent an image, adding it to your photo
library is easy: tap and hold on it to reveal a popover
menu. Select ‘Save Image’.
2: RTF and PDF files
If you’re dealing an RTF file or PDF, tapping on its
icon will open it in Quick Look, where you can view
and copy text, but you can’t edit anything.
3: iWork and Office documents
With other documents like Word or Pages ones,
tapping on it will lead to the same Quick Look section;
but if you need to edit it, there’s another way.
4: Getting out of Quick Look
To get out of Quick Look, tap on the screen. You can
choose ‘Done’ to get back to Mail or ‘Open in Pages’
if you own the Pages application. Do the former.
5: Open in an editing app
To get straight to Pages without going into Quick
Look, tap and hold on the file’s icon. This reveals a
popover menu. Select ‘Open in “Pages” ’.
6: Copying a photo
Going back to a photo attachment, if you want to use
it in iWork but not add it to your library, tap and hold
on it and select ‘Copy’ from the popover menu.
7: Pasting elsewhere
To open a document in Pages for instance (either an
existing one or from an attachment), tap and hold to
reveal a menu and select ‘Paste’ to add that photo.
8: Attaching a file
To attach a file from one of your iWork apps, select
a document from the Gallery, tap on the first button
in the toolbar (lower left) and choose ‘Send via Mail’.
9: Attaching a photo
To send a photo, select it and tap on the same button,
just as you did in the previous step. Only this time it’s
located at the top right of the interface.