Microsoft Word

4.7 (1.9M)
270.8 MB
Age rating
Current version
Microsoft Corporation
Last update
10 months ago
Version OS
15.0 or later
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User Reviews for Microsoft Word

4.74 out of 5
1.9M Ratings
4 years ago, Random Satisfied Customer
It’s Word, man.
Great app. Business and academic apps like this are sometimes harder to navigate on iPads or smart devices because you can’t see all the icons like you would on a laptop screen, and the layout is a little different, but it still does mostly everything you’d need for work or school. There are certain things that you can’t do unless you pay and upgrade to premium, like getting unlimited text colors, but that’s pretty much what you get with every app these days. The app still lets you be cheap and get away with making word documents without premium if you don’t want all the bells and whistles included, and it’s still functional, so I don’t personally mind not having premium. You can get by without it if you don’t want to spend the extra money-shoutout to all the broke college students out there and all the kids whose parents won’t let them upgrade- but if you’re willing/have the means to pay, hats off to ya. All in all, it serves its purpose and does what it’s supposed to, it’s not glitchy, and it’s pretty easy to use. I like it. So, that’s my two cents in the subject. Try it out, see what you think, and you can always delete it I guess. :)
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5 years ago, Norcal Reservoir Dog
Review of Microsoft word
Well I use Microsoft word at work, the mobile version is vastly inferior. If it were free, I probably couldn’t complain. But, if you want to get the capability of redlining documents and other important work-related actions, you have to purchase the subscription. This is where the trouble begins. Microsoft support is terrible. Several times a year the program won’t work and tells me I need a subscription. I’ve spent hours on the phone with Microsoft since I first purchased this program. There’s some sort of company disconnect between their accounting department and mobile services. This needs to be fixed. Regarding the applications performance, at best it’s OK. It tends to be slow, saving a document while you were working on it is not as straightforward as it should be, and if you want to dictate, you better proofread twice. Many of the desired editing features are not available in this mobile application. Formatting is next to impossible and many many other features are not available. While I don’t think you can expect 100% duplication, iPad cost more than most PCs, have ample memory, and should be capable of handling all of the commands necessary to do a competent job of preparing a word document. And you should not have to have an external keyboard with your iPad to perform the tasks. Bottom line, The program is livable, but not particularly likable.
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3 years ago, Burthh
Says your document is saved but it really isn’t + lagging
I came to write this review because I have lost my second document. I would be typing in Word, then it would start lagging to the point where I would have to save the document and then force close out of it. I would open it again, type until I was done, and then save the file again. It’s important to note that not only did I have auto save on while typing, but I also turn it off and manually save my documents before closing the app. This is the second time I’ve discovered that Word lost my data, or just didn’t even save it like it told me it did. I have never had a program say it has saved data, and then turn around and delete it or not actually save it. I thought it was an unfortunate accident the first time it happened, but now that it’s happened again, I’m really irritated. I found another review from AN ENTIRE YEAR AGO where they had this exact same thing happen to them. This issue is such a downer, especially if you’re like me and lose entire essays that take hours to write and edit. I downloaded this app because I grew up with Word and I don’t understand how to use the formatting tools in Google docs. Needless to say, I’ll be looking into that a bit more. This app lags like crazy regardless if your data is lost or not, so I would really consider that before downloading.
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5 years ago, Ki2rin
The editing experience is terrible
In most times, the prompt jumps to the very first line after a few second later whenever I touch the middle of the screen to edit a docx file. This is very annoying since my file is of 98 pages. Then I should pull down the scroll bar to the bottom of the document. This happens very often, especially when in Mobile view. The second thing is about the page loading steps or speed. By moving down the scroll bar the pages are loaded incrementally. But it has too many steps to the bottom page. Scrolling down the bar to the bottom of the screen loads pages a little. I couldn’t find a good way to jump to the bottom page at once. And this happens in Mobile view. The third frustrating thing is the reaction speed is not just slow, it’s really slow. When I type a character, say A, that appears in the screen after about 0.3~0.5s. This issue also has something to do with Mobile view, I think. The fourth is about moving the cursor with a long-touch. This not only related to Word but to all the other Office 365 applications I guess. This app adopting the obsolete way shows a convex glass that zoom-in around the cursor when I long-touch the screen. Apple changed the way it moves the cursor since iOS 13 if I’m right. I’m not gonna explain it in detail here but the new way is much elegant and gives seamless experience in editing the text.
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4 years ago, rkr9knight
Love/Hate relationship with Word on iPad
I’ve used Word for years, and I am really good at it and take advantage of the really cool features that other word processor programs lack. The desktop version of Word is amazing!! However, Word on the iPad is mediocre! For instance, I utilize fields and cross reference data between different parts of a document, which is a huge time saver for me. Unfortunately, I’m unable to take advantage of this feature on my iPad, which means, that I must work on a laptop or desktop computer to really get the benefits of using Word in this day and age. Also, I really don’t like the automatic saving feature because I frequently use templates that I do not want to overwrite while working and the automatic saving feature makes this impossible. Please fix this! I wish there was a way to select, in the settings, a “discontinue automatic saving” option. If Google Docs had these features, I would likely make a permanent switch to that program because I appreciate working seamlessly with others. Also, as one who works in schools, I see that high school students have been trained in Google Docs and they aren’t familiar with using Word. I see a need to get with the times and I’m not seeing Word advance it’s features; however, as long as the above options are only available on Word, I will be sticking with them. Please, make these crucial features available on the app version of Word as well!
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1 year ago, Dreamcatcher Leader
It was a passion of my childhood. While else would the rating be a perfect five?
Microsoft Word has been, and still is, THE definitive word processor, especially for Windows operating systems. :-) I’ve used to do all sorts of crazy stuff on the app, and it actually helped me to learn proper spelling and grammar early on (and y’all complain that somehow Microsoft themselves is apparently “watching” you for some “insane” reason nowadays). In fact, some of my best childhood memories actually came from this application alone! Several documents, including one for a camp site and the revenge of a main female villain in a Mario spin-off, actually made their first appearances here, for the life of today. There’s really no doubt that I’ve continued to enjoy writing all sorts of cool stuff on the app, even going into the rise of the corporation’s Premium subscription and the time as a teen-ager where I felt like it was just wrong. “I” was wrong myself. Now, as a fully-fledged adult I’ve learned to accept even change and the future, and it’s allowed me to absolutely adore the app once again. Thank you, Microsoft, for absolutely everything. Your hard work and dedication is what made my life really pop!! =—D
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3 years ago, Unimatrix002
Smooth Transition Between iPad to PC
I’ve been using Word for iPad, iPhone, and my Dell laptop for a couple of months and experienced a very smooth transition from one device to another. One problem I had was that fancy fonts I was using on my PC didn’t carry over to my iPad (I’ve got to download those fonts I think; I haven’t done that yet). For most of my typing, I prefer Courier and simple fonts anyway, so it’s not a problem. A few times there were too many differences between devices (I probably left my file open on a different device) and the app asked me which version of the document to use; it worked just like Word’s manuscript comparison function where it highlights the differences between the two files (which is much better than Scrivener—I’ve lost several version of my manuscripts in Scrivener when it couldn’t resolve differences between a file on my laptop and on another device). This app doesn’t have all the bells and whistles that my Word for PC offers, but it has enough. I’m happy with it.
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4 years ago, My Official Review
Love data losses that Microsoft can do nothing about? Then this app is for you!
I’m writing this review as a warning. I had about 10 Word documents saved on my phone. I do use this app from time to time whenever I feel like adding something to a document. But tonight, everything changed. I come back to the app so I can edit a document. However, when I tapped on it, an error message appeared saying, “Sorry, this document is stored on an unsupported server location.” Good thing I had a copy of the document... right? Nope! Every single one of my dox had the same error. I can no longer access these files from anywhere. All of my stuff is gone now. Forever. This has never happened to me or anyone I know before, but it has been an issue in the past. I looked up this issue, and found a few forum posts about this exact issue. And guess what Microsoft’s response was? Give up. There’s nothing they can do to help you if this happens. Just like that, you’re back to zero. If this didn’t happen, I absolutely would give this app maybe a 4-star rating. But since this happened, I don’t think I can trust Microsoft with my data anymore. NONE of this is my fault. I don’t know what to do with the app at this point, because I still might use it for future projects, but I’m terrified that this will happen again.
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4 years ago, squidney17
Use with Caution-Random Crashes Cause Data Lisa
I have been using Microsoft word on pc, mac, and iPad for several years and mostly had a good experience. Until recently with the iPad app, which I use almost everyday. The app will randomly crash and delete hours worth of progress I had made on a document. It freezes, sits, and then force closes and when I reopen, my hard work is gone. I auto save to Dropbox, and after experiencing this crash issue multiple times, I periodically go in and out of documents to make sure they are saving, as well as check the menu bar to see that it says “changes are automatically saved to Dropbox.” Which it always does, even during that hour of work that didn’t save after the crash! Why is it telling me it’s saving when it’s really not? I don’t believe this a Dropbox issue, because word itself is crashing. Last time it crashed when I was exiting the document (doing my insane self-checking because I’m so paranoid about this problem). Just froze, and I knew that it was too late. There’s nothing more devastating. I’ve troubleshooted this problem, but no progress yet. I’m considering another word processor app at this point, but that would be inconvenient because no one else has Dropbox integration. Fix your app, please. This is ridiculous.
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5 years ago, one of a student
Laggy and frustfrating.
This app is laggy and wonky as hell. It have a great concept but it is still just a great concept. The lagging is real. You can even see when you try to scroll the pages, it is janky and irritating. Typing is lagged, sometimes a few words behind. ‘Drawing’ is a nice feature but the writings moved a bit after you remove the pencil, so it became really not precise. If I’m writing with my pencil, it shift either to the right or left a bit from where I jot down, making a very not smooth, irritating writing experience. The eraser is even worse. You can erase a word and then the next one won’t, and it brings forward the keyboard instead. The only fix I could do was when that happened, I turn on drawing with fingers and erases with my finger instead. So annoying. If you want to move your writing, it won’t select more than one object at a time, which means you have to move letters by letters, unlike onenote which you could lasso a bunch of stuff. It’s just so annoying. If you’re wondering why I didn’t use onenote, I do use onenote. It’s just this one class that give options of lecture notes in docs format, and we have a bunch of definitions and calculations in a single lecture note, so I typed when it were definitions, and write when doing calculations.
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3 years ago, Greatly disappointed user
Please fix your synchronization
I’m a student and I always use iPad and PC at the same time to answer my exam questions. PC for typed answers and iPad for handwritten notes. However there is a problem with synchronization between pc and ipad. The things that I’ve erased on iPad will not be deleted on pc and at the end everything is stacking on top of each other and I have to use so much time to fix it, do you know it affected my grades greatly. I was so desperate crying because the exam is 1.5hrs and I spent 30 mins just to fix this stupid issue. Please work on it asap, people are relying on this feature with time sensitive work 😭. Another thing to mention is a file that I could edit on my PC could be read only on iPad. I’m using the same account and it’s my file, why couldn’t I edit it?! It’s super duper frustrating you know, because it sometimes allow to edit on both devices but occasionally it doesn’t. And guess what, that occasion was during my exam. I couldn’t complete my handwritten parts with my iPad, and it wasted so much of my time to find out why but nvr got an answer, and I used a paper at the end. What does that mean? This app has failed its purpose. Alright? Don’t just try to fix it, make sure you fix it and optimize it, never allow a next time to happen.
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3 years ago, Pocketfrogger101
Unusable when I need it the most
I have always used Word for as long as I can remember to write essays for school, create a resume for a job, or just to write random notes when needed. But right now I am so frustrated with Word. I have a brand new IPad and even paid for the high end keyboard so I could do my work for school. I downloaded this app because I thought it would work great for my many homework assignments and study guides I had to get done. But all it has done is frustrate me and make me want to throw the thing across the room! It has many great features (when logged in) and should be capable of handling my typing skills, but for some reason it can’t? The lag on this app is CRAZY bad. I can’t get anything done on bigger files where I have more than 15 pages and over 3,000 words...which is not even a lot?? The app is unusable, if I can’t type at the pace I need to with 3,000 words in my document then this app is a bust. Another great thing about the app is that even when you have the “Auto-Save” on, it likes to not save all of your work and make you start all over again! Even better when it crashes! I’ve seen these issues on forums that have come up from all the way back when the app launched. Come on Microsoft, I expected better.
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3 years ago, homeschool!
Typos and automatically spelling
My name is Madysan D. Clark an di want to tell you some reasons why word isn't the best nor bette than google docs. I love word, but the only thing i don't like about it is this: In google docs it corrects all of your incorrect spelling, but it dosen't do that here on word. On word if you have a typo it will eaither not automatically correct it or when it has that little red squiggle line nderneath the word and then you click on it it won't even give you options on what the word you were probably trying to spell. I know that word can't be exactly like google docs, but that dosn't mean that it can't be better. I think google docs and word are the same and i'm sure that you don't want to be the same. My advice to you, is to fix this problem and then look for ways to make word even better so that you can't even compeat with google docs. I love word, but if you don't fix this then i'm gonna stop using it and not only that but i'll use google docs instead. I know you don't want people not using your products, hey, i dont wnat it eaither! So, fix this please, fix this.
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8 months ago, The Ice Queen 401
Love MS Office!
I’ve been using Microsoft Office for 23 years. I love all the editing options that no one else offers. Other apps skip on quality and versatility in exchange for ease of use. Many letters and projects just Don’t fit in their predefined boxes. However now that I’m retired (but very busy) the endless “renting” of everything I need to conduct my personal business is just not sustainable financially. Especially since I do not use the apps anywhere near as often as before but my projects and personal business are more important now than ever. Please don’t be like Adobe & charge so much that it’s more than my monthly budget for food and now they have custody of a lifetime of my personal business docs as you have to pay to move or delete them. This has me outraged. I never agreed to hand over custody of all my private docs. This is taking advantage and unacceptable. Deleting your account or transferring them to your own computer should be free. Please don’t hold my stuff hostage for a small fortune equivalent to my monthly food budget and offer a lifetime subscription option. Please!
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3 years ago, E.j.Teegarden
EVERY TIME??? For a word processor app!?!
I am fed up with “word.” After years of use it has been my experience that there is always something to deal with when it comes to Microsoft, particularly “word.” Purchase, after purchase, subscription after subscription, you would think that they would value their customers by providing services paid for at bare minimum, let alone making things harder on them. Specifically, to use this app on iPad Pro I have to sign in every time I use it; I mean, seriously? To use a word processing application that is already missing half the features that are offered on most other platforms? Um, Really? -If you are okay having to sign into an application EVERY SINGLE TIME, just to type out a quick note or report, as if it was an email or the like (which don’t even require logging in every use), then do your thing; but, if after years of investing in company feel like it is just never enough, then this app just may not be for you. If this is you, then there are plenty of smaller developers who still believe in valuing their customers by at least providing them with the services they originally paid for, while Apple, among many, many others, value the consumer by providing these services FOR FREE!!!
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2 months ago, autumn bbrooke
Since forever
Everyone in the world knows Microsoft word, it’s been around since as long as I can remember using a computer in grade school, it has come a long way, well I learned more of what it offers anyways, when I think internet, computers, phones, typing anything, my lists, organizing documents, creating, just about anything I would need done I can link it to Microsoft being able to make it happen. Word is a great app because it offers all the different apps organized into one, now I don’t like having extra apps on my phone an maybe I just haven't learned how to do this but even though I use word it seems when I need those apps I still have to have them come up so in a way it’s great to organize them but I wish I could fully access everything on those apps threw word but that’s not what it’s made for so this is a useless complaint keep up the amazing work I expect to see you around when my grandchildren’s children are using devices.
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3 years ago, Stratman27
I hate the bugs with Word and Dropbox on iPad
After using Word for many years, I am so frustrated with the issues I am having. I have Word files that are older files in Dropbox when I open them in Word, it tells me to save an upgraded copy. This is where the mess begins. I attempt to save a copy. When I do, just below the tool bar a banner shows up saying I have used characters in the file name that are not allowed. None of those characters are used in the file name! This happens over and over. Of course if I save to “One Drive” their version of Dropbox there is no issue. I think it is their way of making me use One Drive. I have thousands of files share with other users on Dropbox. UGH! Daily frustration! I am looking for another word processor that actually is compatible with iPad and Dropbox. I contacted support and they suggested deleting the Word app and Dropbox and reinstall. I did this and it worked for two days. Then starts all over again!
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2 years ago, The Blue Ninja
it might not be word perfect… Lol… But you can’t find anything better.
I wasn’t always in Microsoft Word fan. Way back when I was a dedicated WordPerfect user. But somewhere around the late 90s… Specifically probably around 97… Word took a great leap forward along with the rest of office and I was a convert. Word was evening guiding influence in the my switch to Apple and Max. When I found that word for Mac was several steps of head of even Microsoft’s version for their own operating system, along with the transformation to OS X and some other factors… I switched my preferred computer operating system but I stuck with Word and office. Even today I still stick with Word. I just can’t find anything I like better. There are some word processors that provide a clean blank page or imitate word in a cheaper or a ~free if you let us spy on you ~format, but I still haven’t been convinced. Every iteration word seems to get better and better.
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3 years ago, dolly.llama
Only good if you need it for school or work.
This app used to be pre-loaded on all computers as just a standard for typing documents, writing letters, etc. Now however it is a subscription based app that gets very little updating and has no right being subscription based other than greedy business practices and ignorant customers. It’s sad to see that the standard for applications that are used to make money or used for education that used to all be either free or a one time purchase are all now subscription based. I cannot go I’ve more than one star since there is little than more functionality than the basic ios notes app, and yet that is completely free. The problem is the companies that make this app subscription based are the same companies that make this app the standard and make it a requirement for the workplace. Disgusting. Disrespectful. And to top it all off, the mobile version of this is an absolute joke as it stands, losing much of the functionality and features that the desktop version offers. If you were smart, you would stick with the notes app or just get notability. You would be much better served and have a much better user experience.
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1 year ago, Ntrdfg45
No typing? Well you can’t report the problem…
Today, I discovered that I cannot use the Apple Magic Keyboard with the Word App anymore. It will not allow me to type within a document. I can type in the search bar, and I can type in a file browser within the app, but not within any document. I cannot use my cursor keys either. I have tried resetting, reinstalling, turning off accessibility features (removing the space bar from the activate option) and other ideas. I have completed a hard reboot and reseated the iPad many times. No change in the behavior. I should also note that I have used the keyboard to WRITE THIS REVIEW! The keyboard and iPad work fine and no other apps are showing this behavior. The Word App? Not so much. When I go to report a problem, it will only let me report it if I had purchased something directly from Microsoft. But the app is free and the subscription is through my place of employment, so there’s literally no way for me to report the problem. I’d be happy to give 4 or 5 stars if I could actually use the app as it was intended… but without being able to use my Apple Magic Keyboard, the app is just dead weight - an overgrown DOCX viewer.
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3 years ago, Krissy8651
What’s with the “New Look and Feel?”
Right in the middle of a 17 page thesis your app suddenly had all kinds of weird issues going on. The touch editing just started cutting random pieces of text out of my document. It changed the font size numerous times…without prompt. The laggy typing got worse (you really need to do something about that, it is a huge problem, everyone complains about it). If that wasn’t maddening enough on a deadline, there was an announced “New look and feel” advertisement flashing in the upper right corner and then things really went wild. Several times just as I was in the middle of a difficult passage, I would hit the space bar and find myself back at the beginning of the paper. By the time I could find my place, my thought and phrasing inspiration was gone. I have written before. Please fix your issues. Do not “improve” things into a user nightmare. I wonder if anyone from Microsoft even reads these reviews. Some of the same issues I have pointed out are listed on reviews from 2 years ago. Must be great to have a monopoly on a much needed and used product.
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6 years ago, terrilee_nc
New version not as good as the previous one
Verdict: if you want to/need to use Office across your devices, get this. If not, use Pages or Google Docs. They will both allow you to open & edit Word docs & Save docs as Word. Though it’s really handy to have Office products on my phone so I can edit files without having to go to my laptop, I’m not keen on the latest version of Word for iOS. It’s just clunkier to use. It took me quite a bit of poking around just to find the editing control menus. And when I copy & paste text into a new document, it only pastes the text, not any original formatting. I don’t see any paste options such as there are in Word for windows. Example: I have an email with text formatted as a table. Previously, if I copied & pasted into a new doc, it pasted as a table. Now, it just pastes the text with generic font & no formatting except paragraph breaks. I completely lose the table. It seems this app has gotten more bare-bones rather than feature-full. It’s good enough, but if I have an Office subscription, I expect a little more.
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3 years ago, Hannotek
Good, but not good enough
I’ve used Word for a long time, through my years in the service, and then through college and grad school. The app is definitely missing some of the functionality of the version on PCs or Macs. Even so, that’s not the biggest problem I have with Word on my iPad. After using the app for about an hour, the cursor gets bogged down and there is a huge delay between what I type on the keyboard and what shows up on the document. I’ve tried closing and reopening the app, clearing any caches I can find in my tablets settings, and even shutting the tablet all the way down. None of those are successful. The only think I’ve found that works is closing the app and stepping away for a couple hours. When I come back, it works fine for about an hour, then does the same thing again. I travel a lot and do most of my work remotely, and taking a two hour break every hour would not allow me to get any work done. I would scrap this app if it weren’t required for my workflow. There’s potential here, but the app needs a lot of work.
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2 years ago, FtheM
Requires subscription to do anything
UPDATE: Now requires a subscription to use. So I can no longer edit documents I’ve previously created, let alone create new ones. It’s useless now. I sometimes go weeks or even months between use. It makes no sense to pay for a subscription and not use it. This is insanity. A free word processor that doesn’t process words unless you pay. ====== I have found this app to be pretty good, considering it’s running on a tablet. It’s obviously not a full-featured version but it handles the basics well enough. Things like formatting, tables, images, headers/footers all work as expected, if a little clunky. But again, this is a tablet app so what would you expect. My only beef with it is the Autosave. Even if I turn it off, the document is saving whenever it wants. And sometimes I open a doc only to find that Autosave has been turned back on. Not that it matters, because the app ignores the setting. This is problematic because if I make changes I don’t want to save, they have already been saved. If I close the doc and reopen it, everything I was trying to toss by not saving is there. Remove the broken feature or fix it.
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8 months ago, jmeeks29ig
No idea how this shows as 4.7 stars in the rating…
Looking, I see a lot of negative reviews. I have no idea how, then, it is shown as being nearly five stars - something seems off… almost like Microsoft is paying more money to Apple to up the rating than it’s putting into the development of this app, because it is really that bad. Terrible lag, an annoying “swipe to complete” autocomplete that I never use, cannot disable, and just ends up distracting me from what I’m actually trying to type. Images get cut to lower fidelity version when being pasted into other apps. Did I mention terrible lag? Visual glitches of icons popping around the screen randomly. When I do use tab to select an autocomplete action, the autocomplete word is filled in along with 5 additional spaces Word randomly decides to include, which I then have to delete - completely negating any time saving for using the autocomplete option. This app really is that bad. I would be absolutely embarrassed to put something like this out, as a software developer, myself - especially given the type of resources Microsoft has. What a shame.
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5 years ago, writer in dire straits
Track Changes Nightmare
I have been using this app on my iPad since it became available and have had minor issues here and there that were easy to overlook, but this one is making my work life miserable as I am very dependent on this feature. About 6 weeks ago it started losing the option of seeing All Markup in balloons if the app was open for very long, if I navigated away from it, or if I closed it and reopened it later. The only way to regain this option is to delete and reinstall each time I need to edit a document ... and since writing and editing are what I do for a living, this is untenable, but I don’t have a better option at the moment. Even with this glitch Word is still, unfortunately, the best way to create, edit, and share documents with others who are on other types of devices and platforms. I really wish Pages were more compatible with PCs and had a more user-friendly tracking function. Forget about Google Docs. I don’t have one good thing to say about it. I have asked both Microsoft and Apple for help. Apple can’t do anything because it’s not on their end. Microsoft is clueless and really didn’t seem interested in trying to help find a solution.
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3 months ago, chassidy
My Secret as an author
I’m often asked by my followers on social media what my secret is—how am I able to write, edit, and publish multiple novels every year while also maintaining my clientele as a freelance editor, managing my husband’s company from home, homeschooling our children, and running an animal rescue. My answer is: Microsoft Office is available on my phone, my iPad, my laptop, and even my smart television. I can literally write anywhere, any time, and have full access to all my files. Fifteen extra minutes while waiting for my spouse to pick up supper? That’s a chapter written. Ten minutes waiting for kiddo to run to the restroom? That’s a budget balanced. There’s never a day I have to say, ‘No, I can’t take part in that fun, spontaneous adventure because I need to stay home and work.’ There’s never a moment I sit around, bored, with nothing to do. I have an entire office at my fingertips—actually, I have multiple.
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6 years ago, Totally Confused...
The most important feature won’t work on the Mac!
I’ve been using Microsoft software since 1987. When I switched to Mac, it was only because I could get a subscription to Office 365 and continue to use Word. Imagine my surprise to discover - after hours on the phone with Apple Support and Microsoft Support - the auto-save function will ONLY work if you use One Drive. I didn’t move over to Mac to use Microsoft storage. I want everything in iCloud because it makes sense to have one unified storage location. Yes, I can still hit file/save every ten minutes - but I shouldn’t have to deal with that distraction because I paid to get an app that would work on my computer. The inconvenience of this demand is making me consider moving over to all of the apple products. Pages isn’t that different from Word - in a lot of ways, it’s even better. So, here’s my official request, Microsoft. If you’re going to make people pay for your product, you don’t get to insist how they use it. Open that feature so we can save to the iCloud! If you have to demand that we use a product like One Drive, you’re admitting that it’s just not good enough to attract Mac users on its own merits. Fix this please!
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5 years ago, Strat/Gibson/Kramer
Why I hate, hate, Word.
Word. In a single word to describe it, terrible. Or this word, frustrating, or this word aggravating, or another word, crashes, how about freezes. I could go on and on about it, but my main complaint is it try’s to be to helpful and that’s where it gets itself into trouble. Originally if you had a mid-spelled word it would hi light it and offer suggestions. Now when it’s highlighted it takes you to other prompts before bringing you to where you wanted to be in the first place. Next it randomly capitalizes words in the middle of sentences and occasionally will do it when it begins the next line. I hate if I’ve written a 300 page manuscript, gone back to say page 164 to change something, saving it to that page, close it, when I reopen it later I’m back at page one. It may not seem like much, but when you’re writing 5 hours plus at a time, it becomes maddening. The worst insult? I pay for this misery!
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2 years ago, lunarnighttshade
Simply Amazing
When I first sat down and started to use google documents on my phone for the umpteenth time; I started to feel frustrated how clunky it was to navigate the mobile application to the point of frustration. You couldn’t even make proper indents for new paragraphs! Getting sick of how annoying Google Documents was on the mobile phone, I decided to bight the bullet and download Microsoft Word for the iPhone. The only thing I can say is, “Why didn’t I do this sooner!?” This application is so easy to use, intricate, customizable, and slick. Like the desktop version, the mobile version is easy to type with, makes indents (which is essential to any writer writing an essay), and is gorgeous. Yes, I said it, gorgeous. If you want a mobile word processor that will not feel like you are walking through an endless sea of molasses, do yourself a big favor and download this application.
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1 year ago, Hubrisseven
80 miles from the inernet means no work
My 85 VW vanagon hummed up and down the hills of New Mexico’s Gila wilderness…I went as far as I could but Hurricane season had been wetter than normal…I crossed two muddy pits that were a gamble..when I got to the third I knew that I’d already pressed my luck to far. I parked on the high ground and strapped my pack on. another 12 miles to the fire tower on the edge of the Black Range. After cleaning mouse droppings and sweeping up the place I got a fire going and settled down to do what I’d come all of this way to do…write. I’ve used MS word since 95’ (called word 6.0) my first laptop had a black and white screen and made numerous charming noises when I booted it up. MS word performed flawlessly on it…never lost a file…never couldn’t work…fast forward to me writing away in the Gila…work goes swimmingly for a few hours, I decide it’s time for coffee and Jerky…and I can’t save my work because I’m not logged in? I pay $10 a month for this program and I can’t save until I get to the internet? I fly i to a rage…animals flee the area. I throw my machine into the fire and go outside and strip birch froma tree and begin to write. I begin to calm down. -H7
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5 years ago, k-ledge
About halfway there
I use this app everyday and for the most part - it works if you’re doing basic documents. However, when working with bullets and numbering, sometimes it chokes if a custom spacing/tabbing has been setup using the desktop version of Word. If you create a graph such as a hierarchy in the desktop version, it will display in the iOS version but it cannot be modified - not even on the iPad Pro - which is what I use. It should cache your last document you worked on locally so that you don’t have to reload it when you return. This is important for iOS because of how you have to app switch. The funny thing is that before loading the app, I was able to access the more full featured web version of Word in Safari on iOS and it worked for the most part. Which led me to believe that there is still a lot of potential for the iOS version. For tables, there should be a button on the table to add more columns or rows - Apple’s Pages does that really well and saves the extra touches and strokes. A touch interface is just different than a mouse interface. I think if the product manager was forced to use the iOS version for a month they might make some changes to add features in a way that makes sense for a true touch environment even if it’s slightly different than the desktop version. More and more people are making a touch interface their primary device which means that fewer compromises will need to be made.
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6 years ago, Leo Steveyeo
Great for collaborating across devices
I have devices I use at home, at work, and volunteer places where I do not necessarily own all devices. I usually use a USB drive but, remembering where I keep that small USB drive is much burdensome. Many times, I could not locate my USB drive. Using OneDrive and having 5 users access is a convenience, the price, over $100 a year is a little high, thou. I litterally have access to more than 5 devices. Now, when my Phone becomes more than a phone, I really like to see Word to be more easy to edit text using iPhone. I tried editing text on a document using my iPhone, I was able to edit it. However, when I open it on a PC, the line that I typed in using my iPhone has a different format than other text in the same document. Selecting text, and editing tables or that with shapes are not very much easy on iPhone which might have a lot to do with iPhone structure. But, I really want to see improvement on this area which Microsoft could possibly eliminate barriers and add more user friendly features for Word on iPhone.
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5 years ago, srd606284
Frustrating. I use when I have to.
I have to have Word. The work and general environment makes it the standard. So, I use it. This app is okay for simpler stuff. It includes the most used features. The frustration is with faults in the app. First, the auto save seems to work with OneDrive, but not the others. I feel I am being herded toward Microsoft. It makes me hate OneDrive. Second, if I am creating a document in Word, but switch off to a different app, coming back to Word means I wait while my document downloads from the cloud again. Every. Single. Time. When I tried to get around this by saving the doc to the iPad, I found a bug. I created a doc, saved it to the iPad. Then I created another doc, saved it to the iPad also. While working with the second doc, if I switched to another app and then come back to Word, it reloads the first document! So, right now, if I am creating a simple document, I will use another app and just save as docx. If it’s a complex doc that someone else created, I have to use Word. And using an app only because I have to.... well that should tell you something.
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2 years ago, FascistAppHater
Disappointing - Don’t Bother for Professional Use - Just Upgrade or Use OpenOffice
I am on an iPad Pro (2018) and if this is what you have, don’t bother with it…and if you are an average speller then run! There are so many bugs in this software that I can’t imagine actually having to use it as a sole word processing tool. Today, while trying to view comments that had been responded to, I had to open other word processing software app and get out of Word. I am still in the trial period and thank God because I can’t imagine actually paying money for it. It is not intuitive; it doesn’t effectively do everything it’s supposed to do (in formatting especially); does not have nearly the features that I usually use in Word; and what formatting buttons they do have occasionally just disappear. It constantly highlights random words too, that aren’t even misspelled and misses misspelled words. I realize that we’re in a Covid-related recession but with the vaccine money that’s piped thru owners, this program should be far more user-friendly. Basically, it’s a tease that will force you to upgrade to very expensive professional versions.
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3 years ago, guest413
Microsoft Word iPad Pro - 2nd Gen
My iPad Pro is what I use for school and Word has worked exceptionally well for me over the past year. My only complaint with the App is that after 2-3 hours of using the Word app while using the dual screen feature (usually I have safari on the other half of my screen) there seems to be a lag with the typing. It is easily fixed by closing the app and re-opening so a small issue. Another suggestion would be to ask if I would like to name or save my document before I begin my papers. Today I was writing a final exam and the lag started, so I saved my work and closed the app only to open up my final exam to a blank page, like I had written nothing. I believe it was because the “Auto-save” feature doesn’t activate until you have already saved your work (which I had not done until the lag had started, but my work was still gone.) Anyway I love the app but save your work before you start.
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4 years ago, Alexzanderw
Very Unreliable, Does Not Save
This app is an attempt to be what Word is on a computer. There is limited functionality, buggy interaction, and the save feature is terrible. I am a grad student who relies on Word for all my papers. Today, my second paper was erased by Microsoft Word and One Note. I had the auto save feature enabled and track changes enabled (because Word deleted my work before). I went to save my work manually (because I knew the auto save doesn’t work all the time), and it was grey. I could not turn auto save off, and it was not saving even though I had a stable internet connection in the library I always work from. So I saved a copy of the file to my device and it showed it save to my ipad. I restarted my application thinking all was fine, only to find none of my work saved, and that copy I made disappeared! I also found in trying to recover the files that there is no recover functionality and there hasn’t been since at least 2018 when another user reported the same problem. I lost almost 3 hours of work. DO NOT DOWNLOAD THIS APP! Stick to a computer until the developers get serious about the things we are serious about.
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8 months ago, AngelicEbbie
Ok dude just why
So I normally use the app for my schoolwork on my iPad and ever since it was updating it has been acting really strange. Every time I try to edit something it deletes a whole sentence and it won’t let me go back to whatever I have from the start so sometimes I have to retype this sentence out in order for me to get what I need. It still has the same credentials from what it had over the past couple years but it is still acting really strange and I don’t understand why don’t give me wrong with the app is good, but it’s not the same as what it used to be back then. I feel like if they were able to fix that bug that’s in the app then maybe I will give it a higher rating than what it is now I’m literally tired of getting somewhat of a failing grade due to my stuff getting deleted and be forgetting what I typed, I wish that sometimes when it comes to these new updates, they will actually test it out on themselves first and then try to release the update before it happens.
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5 years ago, Serene Chaos
This is NOT free. False advertising!
What is the purpose of allowing people to download this app “free” but preventing them from even being able to type in a document. I get a message telling me I can edit and save with an Office 365 subscription. I have never needed all the advanced features because i just use the app once a month or so for personal notes and to print things that are too complex printing from the internet without all the advertisements and webpage junk too. Like a simple recipe. I’ll copy the text and insert a picture of it. That is all I do with this and have used it for free for years, but suddenly i can’t even create a new plain document because I have to pay for a subscription??? These tactics are why I no longer use most of Microsoft products or operating systems anymore. We even got rid of paying for Xbox because of their intrusion and unrealistic pricing. Nice job Microsoft. Your efforts to make people pay are backfiring. I “might” have considered paying sometime in the future if I needed the more advanced features, out of loyalty for how helpful it had been so far. That’s what I do with other apps. Not this one. Never again.
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3 years ago, SanguineList9
iPad Can Take It!
Microsoft. We need to have a talk. My 12.9 inch iPad Pro is faster, has a bigger screen, and is far more capable than my iMac or Windows PC. So please, PLEASE, explain to me why on earth I can’t have all the same feature? It makes no sense to me that I cannot display all of the same things (active word count) or use all of the same features (I mean, come one, no citation manager? Are you kidding?) as are available on the computer. I already know that the App Store has separate stores for separate devices, so change the iPad App Store version to more closely resemble the iMac or Windows versions. I am literally begging you! Make my life, and everyone’s lives just a little easier, and stop castrating the absolute best document editing platform on the planet. At the very lease, give me a citation manager. The add free bibliography creator is half the reason I use Word over google docs, and I really think that y’all could do better than this. FInally, a feature that really ought to exist on all platforms but exists on none is the ability to edit the default (blank) template. I have never been asked to write in 11 point calibri with single space before. Never in my life, every assignment form word, from 1st grade on up has always been 12 point Times New Roman, double spaced. Let us change the blank document format. Otherwise, a great typing and editing experience, especially once you begin to understand the file system.
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2 years ago, MadKat55
Good for my impulse novel writing🤣
I am enjoying this app a lot, it’s way easier to open my phone then to dig out my laptop whenever I need to write an idea down real quick before I forget it and for practicing my writing. (I’m an aspiring writer) I haven’t tried to transfer any docs between my phone and laptop, so I can’t speak for how well that works but I can say this app is really helpful except for a recent glitch where I can’t change the font of my text, it says I have but it’s not changing. Although to be fair, it’s very possible that it’s something I’m doing wrong at not the app. Overall, I think this is a handy app to have.😊 Edit: This morning when I got up my throat was in terrible pain and I couldn’t speak. I used the read allowed function to communicate with my mom and even got our service dog to listen to commands through it🤣 thanks word doc for giving me a temporary voice while mine was out of order haha!
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3 years ago, organoionic
The best!
I’ve been using Word for many years and every of those years it never stop getting better and better. The one issue I found yesterday was that I needed an app to save the work I was doing. And when I tried “save as” I see a message “don’t worry I saved it for you!?” Where!? Is it in this new app? Name saved under? I suppose I need to pay to have the privilege to do as I want? To save a file where I want? Yes the program is improved but to use the program one must reach into the wallet to use what was once so convenient and FREE! Yes, I still have you a 5 stars because Word is a fantastic program and made me look great when I turned in midterm papers in college! Great job but 85% of the time is best to keep something whole than to piece it just to make a few dollars more. The best example I can give is to remember what happened to Word Perfect!
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3 years ago, giovanni ermu
Computer vs mobile vs tablet
Hello, I’d like word in computer, you create a document, and you print it, I mean the basic. On mobile..nope. It’s like paint but blue themed. I mean there can be a lot of improvements and fixes. Also the app crashed my tablet like 3 times before even finishing the download. Ok other then that, I honestly didn’t like it. For a document it’s good you got the basics. But it isn’t enough like... ok maybe on my phone it might be bad and all that but i mean meh. But on the tablet (seeing the pictures in the App Store) it’s good I mean the same for computer but a little bit laggy and bugs and crashes. There can be a LOOT of différents if you could just work on it better. Ok. As an app. I can say meh. Not bad. Just less settings in the mob and tabs. But other then that crashes. Fix these and make the layout better :) also the app takes a lot to download and a lot to start it up. Make this a generator instead of a non deleting paper for like ever. Thanks for reading
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4 years ago, Shaggerelli1980
Missing Functions, Extreme Data Loss
I write reports for my work that are legally sensitive, and for this reason, I cannot store them in “the cloud” because, in reality, “the cloud” is just someone else’s computer. As it turns out, my need for privacy is just too much for this MS Word app. It works fine if you save all of your documents to OneDrive where Gates, China, and God and everyone can view them. However, if you try to save anything locally, it’ll hang up and not save them. You’ll have to force quit the app and when it reopens, your data will be gone. This is so mind boggling stupid that it makes this app completely useless to me. Thanks for the curryware, Microsoft. Lastly, this app is not Word — at least not the Word that you’d use on MacOS or Windows. It is a scaled down version that is missing critical features, such as formatting functions. On a number of occasions, I’ve had to save the document and move it to a PC just to fix a table in one of my work’s report templates. For some reason, it displays correctly in Word on a PC, but looks like complete garbage in Word on the iPad. So there you go! Windows Word is not compatible with iPadOS Word! Go figure!
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1 year ago, MD922
File location/Search/Properties issue
WHERE DID my YELLOW HIGHLIGHT GO, everything changed to gray since the last couple of updates!!!! I can only see them on my laptop, not my phone! Older review: For the most part, I love Microsoft Word. However if I don’t remember where I put a file and I haven’t used it for a while it won’t show up in my recent and I have the hardest time trying to find it. It would be nice if you could search through all the locations that you have saved in the locations spot instead of going to each one separately to find your missing file. Once I found my file, which I did not find through Microsoft word (I had to go to my files on my iPhone where I found the file quickly since it was in the cloud from my Mac desktop), I was unable to open it up. HOWEVER, I cannot find anywhere under file properties or anywhere else where I can find where it is located, it should be in the file properties section, also it would be really handy if they allowed you to click from there to change the location of where you keep your file.
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2 years ago, Victoria G.
If you use an ipad, just save the frustration and use google docs
I’ve been having problems with this app for months and have yet to have any of my support tickets addressed. The worst flaw is a glitch where the keyboard will disappear, and there is seemingly no way to get it to show back up. You can click on whatever you want, close and reopen the app, tap stuff with your Apple Pencil, restart your device, ect. NOTHING WORKS. It will just randomly reappear at some point in time and you’ll get to work for a few minutes until it disappears again. My college provides a 365 account and encourages us to use word, but I would rather pay out of my own pocket for good for one storage to be able to avoid using this difficult app. Besides the keyboard bug, there’s also just annoying little details that Microsoft has always been notorious for. You can’t get text to move where you want it, you can’t easily resize or move photos, you can’t select the text you need to, changing fonts and the size of fonts takes way more steps than it needs to. The list could go on and on.
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3 years ago, DylanKhandaker
Fine for light use, not medium or heavy.
The app works great when creating relatively simple word documents with some formatting, images, and annotations. However anything more than this will have you face more serious issues. If a document has a lot of comments, and you open the document on your iPad, you won’t have a good time managing any of the comments and it’ll crash the app. If I attached more than 4 images, the images would scatter and between pages and require reorganizing. Also, images would so much better to manage if I could snap them to margins rather than drag them across the screen pixel by pixel. If I opened a long and well organized resume document made on a desktop, I couldn’t use the same formatting rules and references on the page that made the desktop experience so nice. Overall, the app is obviously limited in capability where it shouldn’t be. If I’m required to have a license to modify documents on my iPad, I should be able to do it just as extensively, easily, and reliably as desktop word.
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7 months ago, LancerKind
Performs well, but loses work due to poor iCloud support
I really enjoyed using Word on my iPad with an Apple Pencil. My biggest frustration is when I put a file onto the iCloud and then work on my iPad, and then later I go back to my Mac open the same file and do some keyboard work. This is where the problem is. There is some bug where the file changes that happen on the iPad aren’t being saved to iCloud because i don’t see them when I open the same file in Word on my Mac. I can still go back to my iPad and see the changes, and I can see the file has changed because the time stamp for the iCloud file is different on my iPad than what’s on iCloud on my Mac. So this leads me to believe that iPad Word hasn’t close the file properly. As a workaround, I have to send a copy of the file in some manny, so I can open it on a Mac. Let’s fix so we can be less inconvenient please. Oh, another problem is that the on-screen keyboard doesn’t always appear like it should.
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4 years ago, RidingTheWavesAsTheyCome
Subscription issues, issues, issues...
While the apps work as described (unintuitive) the subscription keeps being the greatest challenge. Mostly when I try to log in it doesn’t work due to “suspicious activity” What, me logging in is suspicious? Now I wanted to share the family subscription with my son...Again, suspicious activity. So I was asked to recover the account!?!? Recover from What? I filled out the online form multiple times and always got denied. Than I went to the help center that is managed by a bot. Trying to get a human on the line was impossible as it asked me eventually every time to log in to my account...What?! Are you kidding me? That’s my problem, you don’t let me back in!!! Than found a phone number searching online, from there it took more than an hour after speaking to several people to finally get the “right” rep. His advice: Go fill out the online form again and everything will be fine...😳😫😂😖Yep, Microsoft at its best... right?! Let’s see if I ever get back in. This way I probably can never get out of their subscription...Even while I am not able to use the apps...Great, Customer first...
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2 years ago, Amonyoussssy
Way Better than Notes for My iPhone Use
I love my iPhone, but the Notes App leaves much to be desired. After utilizing Notes for many years on various iPhones, I’ve reached a point of frustration over its limitations and risks. In particular, I’ve become terrified that I’m going to accidentally delete a Note and forever loose an entry that’s highly valuable or even irreplaceable to me! Not sure why it took so long for it to dawn on me that I could get the Word App to use on my iPhone. Why do I love Word so much? Well… There‘s far more user-friendly and formatting options. Since there’s so many reasons, I’ll just list them (and the one Con)……. PROS:  Text color change.  Font choices.  More control over text size (rather than being limited to Title, Heading, Subheading, Body, etc.)  Undo button.  Bullet options: I prefer the square ones, whereas Notes are limited to circles and dashes.  Something that’s a BIG deal to me: Edit links in order to control the text that’s displayed. (I’m so over copying and pasting these paragraph long URL’s into a Note!)  Easier to copy and paste text.  Ability to zoom in and out on the screen size.  Template options: You can create a resume on the Word App, and many other documents. CONS:  Word App doesn’t automatically save on iPhone, whereas Notes App does.
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