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How to add sliders and pop-ups to Numbers documents on iPad

Save time when using Numbers by creating data-entry shortcuts for your documents and spreadsheets

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mainHaving access to Apple’s productivity apps in iOS is a triumph for your chances of getting things done. Being able to open up your documents and spreadsheets while on the move has plenty of advantages, and can save you time and stress in the long run.

Of course, things look and feel a little different compared to when you use Numbers on your Mac, and there are some smart gestures and shortcuts that are worth learning to make your mobile experience that little bit smoother. Data input can be a little less fluid than on a desktop, but with the tools on offer in this tutorial you can sharpen the whole process so that entering figures is no longer a stumbling block to your creativity. Let’s take a closer look at the shortcuts…

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1 Cells

Having opened your file, you need to highlight the cells you want to add a shortcut to. Do this by tapping on one and then dragging the blue box to cover all those you wish to include.

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2 Format

Ignoring the black pop-up box that has appeared, look to the top-right of the screen and tap the Change icon; this looks like a paintbrush. Follow this by tapping Format.

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3 Slider

You will now be presented with a list of ways to format your selected data, as well as ways to quickly adjust the figures should you need to. Select the Slider option from the list.

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4 Alter data

Now when you tap one of the cells that you highlighted, a pop-up slider will appear. This lets you quickly raise or lower the value of the figures without having to use the keyboard.

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