Many iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch owners do not have access to Macs and instead use Windows computers at home or work. There are times when we need to edit or review the Apple’s native pages file format on Microsoft Windows.
If you try to open a pages document on your Windows PC using Word (or a similar program,) you quickly discover that Word (and similar) does not recognize Apple’s word processing format. .pages files are not supported on Windows so you cannot open them using Microsoft Word.
So if you want to show or edit a .pages file on Windows PC, you get errors and Windows asks you to choose an app to open the file. So what can you do to review and even edit a pages file on your work or home Windows machine?
- How-To Recover Microsoft Documents on a MacBook
- Open a Keynote (.key) file in Powerpoint on your Windows PC
Try these quick tips to open your pages documents on your Windows machine
- Change the extension to zip and open the preview.jpg file
- Export file from Pages as a word document
- Visit iCloud’s website and upload the pages document and convert it to Word inside iCloud
How Do I Convert a Pages to a Docx or Doc file?
This is a simple tip that explains how you can read .pages files. It only allows someone to view the file, not edit
- Save a copy of the file (.pages file) locally on your PC. Let’s say your file name is appletoolbox.pages
- Change the name of the file by right clicking on the file
- 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. Usually, you’ll find the following three files:
- QuickLook (File Folder)
Peek Inside the QuickLook folder
There should be a PDF file and/or JPEG images with the same name as the original pages file or named Preview. Both contain the document you want to view or print. Open the PDF file to view and print it. If you want to edit it, save it as a PDF first, then convert it to a Word document.
The PDF should contain your document’s complete content. If you also have Adobe Acrobat Pro, you can save a PDF as a Word Document.
When you rename it as a zip file, the contents are in JPEG format with three different sizes:
- preview.jpg (this is the largest file and the one you want to print directly or insert in a word document)
If you choose to print the JPEG file directly, you can just choose the Print to PDF option. If you are printing from the photos app, it defaults to Microsoft Print to PDF.
This simple solution is really for those who only need to view and/or print the file
After saving your file as a .zip, just right-click to unzip the contents. Remember, locate the preview.pdf file in the QuickLook folder. It’s usually viewed and printed with no problems.
If you do not see a QuickLook folder
It means the version of Pages that created the document does not support QuickLook and therefore, does not create the QuickLook folder.
To work with your .pages file, try the tips below.
If You Need to Edit, Export Your File
- Open Pages
- Click File
- Scroll down to Export
- Click the OK
- Select the Word format or whatever format your prefer
- Choose Next
- Save your file, so that Microsoft Word opens it on your Windows PC
If at all possible, we recommend that if you’re working with a Pages document, it’s best to open it in Pages, then Export as Word Document. That way, your document is fully formatted for Word, Mac or Windows.
No Current Access to a Mac for Exporting?
Open .pages on Windows Using iCloud’s Website
- Create an Apple ID and iCloud account if you don’t already have one
- Open iCloud’s website in a browser (like Safari or Chrome) and select Pages
- Drag and drop your pages document or choose Upload Document under Settings (Gear icon)
- Once uploaded, right-click on the document and select “Download a copy”
- Choose your format from Pages, Word, PDF, or ePub
- iCloud creates a file for download
- Save the File to your browser’s default download location
Cool Tip! You can also copy/paste the data from the Pages File in iCloud to Word in Windows (or whatever word processing program you use on your Windows PC.)
Note: These same methods work for opening .pages files without iWork on Mac
- Use Google Docs to convert
- Open your Google account (or sign up if you don’t have one)
- After you sign in, go to Google Docs
- Upload your .pages file to Google Docs
- Click Open with and select Cloud Converter
- I use the Windows office suite Libreoffice (it’s free!) And it opens Pages files without problem on either Windows or Linux computers!
- Find a pages to docx or doc converter online like CloudConvert, Zamzar, or LightPDF to name a few. Upload your file and watch it convert. Don’t upload any document that contains confidential information to these converters. For everything else (non-confidential) they are great
- This is my method to edit pages files on my Windows Laptop
- First, make sure you see file extensions. Go to Windows File Explorer, on the View Ribbon, and check the box marked File Name Extensions
- Right click on the .pages file and choose Rename
- Delete the .pages extension and replace it with the .zip extension
- Extract the .zip file
- You should now be able to open and access the Pages format within Microsoft Word, Office, or similar
- To convert to PDF, use the Microsoft Print to PDF function