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.
How-To Open Mac’s .pages File Format on Microsoft Windows
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)
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. 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.
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
- Create an Apple ID and iCloud account if you don’t already have one
- Open icloud.com 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
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