Whether you use Apple Pages, Numbers, or Keynote apps, you may want to hide the editing tools while reviewing a document, and you can do that thanks to a handy Reading View feature available in any of the Apple iWork Suite apps.
Apple’s Pages, Numbers, and Keynote apps work in a very similar way, as they’re all part of the iWork productivity suite, available for iOS, iPadOS, and macOS devices. When accessing files from these apps on your iPhone or iPad, it’s pretty easy to accidentally edit the document due to the small touchscreen. Luckily, Apple has provided an optional reading mode for the iOS and iPadOS versions of their iWork apps to completely avoid this problem. Let’s take a look at how this feature works and how you can use it.
How to use Reading View in the Apple Pages app
The steps below apply to both iPhone and iPad as the iOS and iPadOS versions of the Pages app are identical in terms of how it works. Here’s what you need to do:
- First, launch the Pages app on your iPhone or iPad. When you start, you’ll see the latest Pages documents you worked on. You can select the document you want to read here or use the browse menu if it is not a newer file.
- If you now see a set of tools at the top of your screen, it means you are viewing the document in edit mode. Just tap on the Reading View icon located in the top right corner of the menu.
- You will now switch to reading view. You no longer see any tools or indicators above the displayed document. However, you can always access the edit menu by tapping “Edit”.
As you can see, it’s really easy to switch to reading view in the Pages app.
How to use Reading View in the Apple Numbers app
Although the steps you need to follow for Numbers app are exactly the same as above, we will cover them separately since many users seem to skip the subheadings. So, without further ado, let’s take a look:
- Launch the Numbers app on your iOS/iPadOS device, tap the document you want to see in Recent, or use the Browse menu to locate the file.
- Once opened, you’ll find all the editing tools the Numbers app has to offer. In the top right corner of your screen you will see the Reading View icon. Tap on it.
- Now enter the reading view within the app without any editing tools or unnecessary ads appearing on your screen.
If you want to go back to edit mode, you can just tap on the “Edit” option in the app.
How to use Reading View in the Apple Keynote app
Coming to the last iWork productivity app, we have Keynote, a presentation app. Let’s see what you need to do:
- When you launch the Keynote app on your iPhone, you’ll see all the recently edited files. You can use this menu to select and open the Keynote file you want to view. You can also use the Browse menu if the presentation isn’t a recent one.
- After opening the file, you will see the presentation slides on the left panel and the editing tools on top. From here, tap the Reading View icon in the top-right corner.
- You’re now in Reading View, where you can’t see any of your editing tools.
In order to make changes to the presentation, you need to go back into edit mode by tapping the “Edit” option in the top-right corner of the menu.
As you can see, it’s really easy to switch between reading view and editing mode, whether you’re using Apple Pages, Keynote, or Numbers apps. Since the steps are pretty much the same across all apps, you shouldn’t have any trouble getting used to them.
If you own a Mac, it’s worth pointing out that the macOS version of the Pages, Keynote, and Numbers apps don’t have this specific reading view option, as we’ve checked. We’re assuming this is because users don’t typically misclick and accidentally edit their documents on a non-touchscreen device like the Mac. Regardless, it would still be a nice feature for those who might need it.
This is sort of a reading view in Safari, except in the iWork suite apps of course.
We hope you’ve finally stopped making accidental changes to your documents when you just want to review them with Pages, Numbers, and Keynote Reading View. How many times have you made those accidental changes? Do these errors also occur when using the macOS version of the apps? Share your experiences and don’t forget to leave your valuable feedback in the comment section below.