Does the files app only show apple software files?

WinterWolf90

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I airdropped some powerpoint to my iPad then opened and saved them to files with powerpoint. They will show up in powerpoint, but not in the files app, is this normal?
 

sosumi99

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That’s not normal. Files should show all files, and certainly PowerPoint files should show up. Did you save the files in the PowerPoint app’s local storage? If so, that will not show up under Files (not even under the “On My iPad” section).
 

Stq

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App developers need to specifically add this feature into their apps.
 
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Brammy

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Yeah, check the “On my iPad section.”

That said, because of the nutso way Files is implemented trying to open an Office file on the iPad won’t open PPT. In my case, it wants to try and open iThoughts. When it comes to Office Files, for now I just store them all in OneDrive. It’s easier, even though it offends my sense of elegance where I want to store everything in one place.

Actually, tapping on them now open some iCloud PPT files in a Files browser.
 

WinterWolf90

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It isn't on the on my iPad section in files. The odd thing is if I open it with keynote it will show up in files.
 

WinterWolf90

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Does it show up in the Keynote iCloud Drive folder?
all my files.

I think the issue is that the powerpoint saved it to the app itself and not hte files app, but i am unsure how to get it to save to the files app
 

Stq

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all my files.

I think the issue is that the powerpoint saved it to the app itself and not hte files app, but i am unsure how to get it to save to the files app
The “on my iPad” section is nothing but the collection of files saved in individual apps. And therefore you can’t create a folder there or save files outside an app’s folder. For apps to reveal their files in the “on my device” section in Files app, the developer has to specifically enable this feature. Apple did this for apps like Keynote, and Microsoft didn’t. But they probably will add this in a future update. For now I guess the best way is to save into iCloud Drive, Dropbox, etc.
 

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Hello OP,

There are several ways to interpret what your asking. The “on my device” section doesn’t show up unless you’ve saved a file to the device and not just to the cloud. I use Dropbox and PDF expert, both of which show up in the files app under iCloud. I don’t create docs in the files app. It’s more like a central holding place where all my docs hangout so that I don’t have to find each app on the main screen.

I’m probably not answering your question, but I’d recommend searching “how to use Apples new files app” on your8be. Check the video date, I’ve found the ones created after the actual release of the files app to be very helpful.
 
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sosumi99

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It isn't on the on my iPad section in files. The odd thing is if I open it with keynote it will show up in files.
That’s because Keynote actually made a copy of the file — what you’re seeing isn’t the original.

If you saved it through PowerPoint on your iPad, it will never show up in Files (because MS hasn’t enabled this option)

You’ll have to save the file to Dropbox or OneDrive if you want to see it in Files.
 

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The “on my iPad” section is nothing but the collection of files saved in individual apps. And therefore you can’t create a folder there or save files outside an app’s folder
Please forgive me if I'm completely misunderstanding you; I do not have an "'on my iPad' section".

Tap Files App on iPad
Ensure Browse is selected at the Bottom
Ensure iCloud Drive is selected within the left navigation column
Place your finger in the middle of the iCloud Drive selection within the right column ( not on a folder ), and drag down about a centimeter.
Add folder top left.
 

WinterWolf90

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That’s because Keynote actually made a copy of the file — what you’re seeing isn’t the original.

If you saved it through PowerPoint on your iPad, it will never show up in Files (because MS hasn’t enabled this option)

You’ll have to save the file to Dropbox or OneDrive if you want to see it in Files.

Ok so that’s why they don’t show up. Thank you
 

Stq

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Please forgive me if I'm completely misunderstanding you; I do not have an "'on my iPad' section".

Tap Files App on iPad
Ensure Browse is selected at the Bottom
Ensure iCloud Drive is selected within the left navigation column
Place your finger in the middle of the iCloud Drive selection within the right column ( not on a folder ), and drag down about a centimeter.
Add folder top left.
The "On My iPad" section only appears if you have saved files in at least one app that allows access from Files app, e.g. Keynote. You can't create folders in the "On My iPad" section because it isn't something like a folder itself but more like a list of those apps you have. In the sections of other storage providers like iCould Drive you can certainly create folders because they are real storage places.
 

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The "On My iPad" section only appears if you have saved files in at least one app that allows access from Files app, e.g. Keynote. You can't create folders in the "On My iPad" section because it isn't something like a folder itself but more like a list of those apps you have. In the sections of other storage providers like iCould Drive you can certainly create folders because they are real storage places.
Thank you for explaining... I feel smarter!