Running Pages, Numbers and Keynote on a Chromebook

Running Pages Numbers and Keynote on Chromebook

If you are own a Chromebook and want to be able to create content using Pages, Numbers and Keynote then have a go using iWork for iCloud. Whilst these tools are still in beta they work rather well on a Chromebook and allow you to create and edit content that exists within the iCloud ecosystem. iWork for iCloud on a Chromebook is particularly useful if you own Apple devices and are already using Pages, Numbers and Keynote elsewhere.

Pages, Numbers and Keynote for Chromebook

As with most other apps on the Chromebook you will need to be connected to the internet to be able use Pages, Numbers and Keynote on a Chromebook. Assuming that you have a reasonable connection to the internet Pages, Numbers and Keynote work incredibly well. Surprisingly so in fact. You will also need an Apple ID to be able to access iCloud. This is free and easy to get hold of and is not just restricted to users of Apple equipment.

I find it remarkable that you can create content with Pages, Numbers and Keynote on a Chromebook. The tools are subtly brilliant and easy for folk to get their heads around. If you are already using Pages, Numbers and Keynote then there should be no surprises as they ooze Apple finesse throughout. One thing that is worth pointing out is that you can also present from a Chromebook with Keynote for iCloud. When you wish to present it goes into a full screen mode that hides the Chrome OS tabs. This further adds to the usefulness of these tools and if you have a Chromebook that has a video output then it might save you having to pack an iPad or MacBook.

Reminders and Others

Reminders is my go to task list manager. Being integrated into iOS with an app for OSX and access through the web means that you can get access to your tasks wherever you are. Reminders works smoothly within Chrome OS and if it’s your task manager then there’s no reason to jump ship to something else if you intending to use a Chromebook. Mail, Find My Phone, Contacts, Calendar and Notes are all here too. I tend to use Notes but not the others – although that shouldn’t deter you from using them – it’s just that I use other tools.

Extension

There is a very simple extension that drops an icon into your App Launcher. I personally use a copy of this icon in the dock at the bottom of the screen to enable me to get easier access to these tools.

iCloud App Launcher

  • It’s great to be able to access all my old files from iCloud. I also like the fact that I have even more free apps I can use on my Chromebook. Thanks Apple.

    • That’s not something I’d considered as I’m an active iCloud user. Thanks for your input.

  • Keith

    I find I can function in iCloud between Macs and PC’s, but Chrome OS does not seem to render the documents correctly.