Have you tried to open a .Pages file on Windows unsuccessfully? You’re not alone, many people have had the same issue.
Pages file is the Apple version of Microsoft Word. Unfortunately, you cannot open Pages directly on Windows using Word because Windows (or Word) does not recognize the .pages file extension.
In this guide, we help you open the Pages file in Windows and Microsoft Word.
Many iPhone, iPad, or iPod Touch owners do not have access to Macs and instead use Windows computers at home or especially, at work.
There are times when we need to edit or review 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.
What is a .pages file
Windows has Microsoft Word to help you write, edit, and create documents called Word Documents. On the other hand, Mac has Pages do the same work. This means the Pages file is the Apple version of Microsoft Word.
Unfortunately, you cannot open Pages directly on Windows. Pages file is made to work on macOS computers and so Windows PCs (or Microsoft Word) does not recognize the .pages file extension.
If you attempt to directly open a Pages document on your Windows PC using Word you won’t succeed.
But there are tricks that you can use to help you open pages format files on your Windows PC.
Also read: How To Easily Open .KEY File On Windows
How to open pages file on Windows
Be sure to save the Pages file somewhere easily accessible to Windows Explorer, then do the following:
- Make a copy of the .pages file just in case you mess something up
- Right-click on the .pages file and choose “Rename”
- Delete the “.pages” extension and replace it with “.zip” extension*, then hit the Enter key to save the extension change
- Open the newly renamed .zip file to be able to open and access the Pages format content within Microsoft Word, Office, or WordPad
Note that you may need to have file extensions visible in Windows to be able to properly change the extension of the pages document. They may need to be made visible first through the Folder Options > View > Uncheck ‘Hide extensions for known file types’ – You can safely ignore any file extension warning change warning.
That’s pretty easy and it works when you don’t have another option to either convert the file from pages to .doc, or to re-save it as a compatible file format ahead of time.
Note: There can be some formatting issues with this approach if the pages doc is particularly complex, so it’s best used as a last resort when there’s no other choice but to work with the file from Windows. This will not work to force open a pages file that has been password protected, however, in that situation, the file would need to be unlocked first.
This great solution for modifying the file extensions for Pages documents was found on the Microsoft Community, so try it out the next time you or someone you know is struggling in Windows to work with a Pages formatted file created from a Mac. It’s usually easier than returning to a Mac to change the saved file output, though you can certainly do that too and directly save a Pages file as a Word DOCX file if needed.
We believe these solutions have been helpful.
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