How to open Pages documents in Windows

If you have a Mac and use Pages daily, you may have had a problem opening documents. If you need to open a document on a computer whose operating system is Windows, in this post we explain how you can do it in a few simple steps.

Pages is the word processor created by Apple that is included in all its computers, and as expected, it is not compatible with Windows. Although it may not seem like it, but there is a way to be able to open this type of document in any operating system.

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Follow these steps

As we have said before, with a few simple steps you will be able to open the documents you create with Pages on any computer, regardless of the operating system it has. In a few seconds you can have the document as it is on another computer. When trying to open an Apple Pages format file in Microsoft Word, a dialog box appears. Follow these steps:

  • Click OK
  • Another dialog box will appear, click Yes .
  • Click OK to finish this process.
  • The contents of the Pages archive can be viewed by changing the file extension to “.zip”.

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You have to make sure you have the file extensions visible in Windows in order to change the Pages Document Extension.

  1. Open Windows Explorer
  2. Click View
  3. Click Options
  4. Click Change Folder and Search Options
  5. Click View
  6. Uncheck Hide extensions for known file types
  7. Click Apply
  8. Change the Pages file extension
  9. Click Yes
  10. Use any Zip extraction software to extract the file
  11. Several image files will appear, click on the largest file
  12. The file can be viewed in a photo application or by inserting it into MS Word
  13. Can’t edit particular file in MS Word

It is possible that depending on the format, type of font chosen and/or layout of the document, a warning appears notifying us that some things will change. That is why we must bear in mind that this way of being able to see and work with “.pages” documents is something that we should do as a last resort. The most advisable thing would be to send the document compatible with your operating system.

If you want this to not happen again when sharing documents between people who use different computers, there is another option. Pages allows you to create a copy of any of your documents to share in four different formats: Pages, Word, PDF and ePub. To do this you will have to go to the top sharing menu in Pages and click on “send a copy”. Once this is done you will be able to choose the previous format, the qualities and even the version of the program in the case of Microsoft Word.

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Without a doubt, with these simple steps you will be able to have the documents you create in Pages available for any operating system and in a few minutes. It is true that it may seem somewhat uncomfortable that you have to do this to be able to work, but Apple is characterized by its exclusivity and the word processor app was not going to be less.