How to open Mac’s .pages file format on Microsoft Windows

Many iPad/iPhone/iPod users use Windows computers at home or work. You may want to open .pages extension files on your Windows PC for various reasons. This is a simple tip that explains how you can read .pages files:

  1. Save the file (.pages file) locally on your PC. Let’s say your file name is appletoolbox.pages.
  2. Change the name of the file by right clicking on the file.
  3. Delete the .pages extension and replace with .zip and your file’s name will be appletoolbox.zip.

Open the zip file and you can now see the content. You will see many files in the folder.  Inside the QuickLook folder, there will be a PDF file with the same name as the original pages file.

Note: The same method works for opening .pages files without iWork on Mac.

Comments

  1. Freddie jaye says

    Just received a PAGES file from a client, and had no idea of how to open it. Your technique worked perfectly. Thanks for the tip!

  2. kavita says

    perfect, you offer an easy fix for this PC user ~ thank you! thanks too for maintaining a website that loads impressively fast even using a turtle-slow dial-up internet connection (i.e., 28.8 kbps). most appreciative …

  3. PETER says

    THANK YOU SO MUCH.
    SUCH A SIMPLE SOLUTION.
    I WILL DEFINITELY REFER TO YOU WHEN I HAVE AN ISSUE.
    REGARDS
    PETERM

  4. JimLim says

    When I right clicked on the pages file, I can only change the file name but not the extension.

    Any one can help.

    Thank you.

    • JimLim says

      Dear Robin,

      How you did it? I tried to right click on the file but I can only change the file name, not the extension.

      Regards.

  5. Trahajje says

    Is it me or does Pages no longer contain a PDF? That makes it less appealing. I always knew that I could get to the PDF file, but now there’s no PDF. Sure, you can export each and every file you create in other formats, but that is not at all convenient. It seemed to me that the PDF file was a guard against lock in. Even if I didn’t have access to Pages, I could still open the PDF. But now .pages just seems like another way to lock in users, or at least make it extremely difficult to leave if you create very many documents.

    • Skin Flint says

      not just you.
      I see no .pdf
      I saw jpg preview, but it only shows the first page of a several page document.
      this PAGES file thing is horrible joke to play on non-Mac people.
      Apple will not win me over with this junk.

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