One way to get a Word document into Pages is to e-mail it to yourself. Then, tap and hold on the attachment icon in Mail, tap Open In, and then tap Pages. (Most third-party file-transfer apps, including the ones mentioned earlier plus Dropbox, SugarSync, and numerous others, also have an Open In button that lets you send imported documents to Pages.) Once you’ve done this, Pages imports the document and displays a message listing any changes made during the process, such as font replacements.
After editing a document in Pages, you must export it before you can open it in Word on your Mac. To do this, tap My Documents (with your iPad in portrait orientation) and then tap the arrow icon under the document’s name. To e-mail the document to yourself, tap Send Via Mail, and then Word. To transfer it via iTunes, tap Export, and then Word. Attach your iPad to your Mac with a USB cable, open iTunes, select your iPad, and click on the Apps tab. Select Pages in the list under File Sharing, and then drag the exported document to your Desktop.
Edit documents with Google Documents
Google Documents, the word processing component of the Google Docs Web application package, can import and export documents in Word format. When importing Word files (which must be no larger than 500K), be aware that Google Documents has a smaller subset of Word’s features than Pages does. For example, it offers fewer fonts, almost no control over document layout, and limited paragraph styles.
Unfortunately, you can view but not edit Google Documents in a browser on your iPad. If you access the site in Safari, Google delivers the mobile version of Google Docs, which is read-only. If you tap the Desktop link to display the full version (or use a third-party browser that can masquerade as another browser), you’ll encounter a different problem: no support for typing on either the iPad’s virtual keyboard or an external one. So your best bet is to use a third-party app that connects directly to your Google Docs account and provides a native iPad editing interface.