How To Open Mac’s .pages File Format On Microsoft Windows?

How to open .pages file: The ease that cellphones have brought in our lives, we prefer to do our daily work on our cellphones, instead of opening a laptop. From the office to personal work, cellphones have made work easy and portable. You can do writing, editing uploading on all your cellphones.

However, these devices are not very comfortable when you have to work for a longer duration. In such cases, you need a laptop to work in. You have to transfer your files on a laptop and get going.

How Do I Open .Pages On a Mac?

How To Open Mac’s .pages File Format On Microsoft Windows?

For people using Android phones, transferring is easy, but for iPad or iPhone users transferring data can be a little difficult. Not all the Ipad, iPhone users have a Macbook, so if you have a Mac, then there is no problem, but if you are trying to transfer the files to windows then you may face problems.

The Apple software saves files in its own personal format with .pages” file extension. This extension, however, is not readable to windows laptops. So if you try to show or edit a .pages file on a Windows PC, you will get errors, and Windows will ask you to choose an app to open the .pages file.

Though you may feel that you will now have to buy a new Mac to work, that is not the case. You can open your files on windows but in a different way. While there are various methods, you can choose whichever suits you perfectly.

Open .pages File on Windows

1. File Extension To Zip

File Extension To Zip

Change the file extension of the file to zip and then try opening it with Microsoft office or PDF or maybe JPEG viewer. This method mainly works for the older versions of .pages, not so much with the newer ones.

This method is rather simple as you only have to convince the PC that the .pages file is not a page format, but instead a zip file. The page format is basically a zip file with jpeg thumbnails and an optional PDF file for the entire document, so you have to tweak the file extension from the Windows file system and you are done.

Step1: File extension visible in windows

Before you begin the tweaking makes sure that the file extension of your age file is visible in windows so that you can easily change the extension of the document. For this right-click on your folder and go to the folders option and click on views. In the views menu uncheck hide extensions for a known file.

Step2: Add.ZIP Extension

Once the extension is visible make a copy of your file (.page file) to work on. Make sure you make a copy and then perform the further steps as the other file will act as a backup of your file. So make a copy and save.

Change the name of the file (either the original or the copy)by clicking in the file and selecting Rename.

While renaming delete the .pages extension and replace it and then press enter to saver.

Step3: Unzip the File

Open or unzip the file whose extension you changed to .zip. You will now be able to see the content of the file. When you open the file you will see three forms of file:

Three Forms of File

  1. QuickLook which is a File Folder
  2. buildVersionHistory.plist
  3. index.xml

All the files have something, but which is of use to us is the Quick Look.

Step4: Explore the QuickLook folder

While not touching the other folders, open the Quick look folder and you will find a PDF file. The PDF file will either be named the same as the original pages file or will be renamed as a preview. You will see some JPEG files which will be named Thumbnail.

with the same name as the original pages file or named Preview. You may also see a JPEG file named Thumbnail. The visibility of the PDF file will depend on how you may have saved the file earlier on your iPhone or iPad.

So if you do not see a PDF file you can use some other method mentioned below to start your editing and work on your files.

If you wish to only view or print the file your work is done here

Once the file has been saved as .zip, just right-click the file to unzip it and locate the PDF file. If you want to print the JPEG file directly, click Print to PDF option. If you are printing from some other photo app, choose the default option of Microsoft print to pdf.

Step5: Convert Zip file to a Docx or Doc File

Try to open the .zip file directly in Microsoft word or office, see if it opens there. If that works you need to apply the further steps.

If the Office or word does not recognize the ZIP file and you are unable to edit the pages, open the PDF file in the Quick Look Folder and save it. Your PDF will have your complete content. Now convert PDF to word and start editing. If you have the Adobe tool you can convert the word back to PDF when editing is done.

zip folder

2. Export From Mac

You can export the file from pages on your mac or ios device as a word document.

The second method that can be used to access the. Page from your iPhone or iPad to windows is exporting the file as a word document.

Step1: Open the Pages and click on File.

Step2: Scroll down till you reach export, and click on it.

Step3: Click on Ok.

Step4: You will shown various options in which you can export the file. From the options choose word format (or any other of your choice).

Step5: Choose next and save your file in the word format. Once saved the word can now be open in Windows PC and editing and further work can be continued.

export the file

While this method is very easy, it can only be done if you have access to Mac to export the file and save as word. While performing the task make sure you open the file in pages ad then export as word document or RTF. However, if you do not have a Mac then the below methods can help you.

3. iCloud Conversion

upload a pages document to iCloud and then convert into word in the iCloud.

If you do not have access to a Mac, then you can convert your. page file to the word through iCloud. All you need for this is to create an Apple ID and an iCloud account if you don’t have one already.

Read More: How To Create an Apple ID Without a Credit Card?

Once you have an iCloud account follow the below steps:

Step1: On your browser open iCloud’s website and select pages.

Step2: Upload your pages document b either clicking in the upload document tab in the settings or drag and drop the page document directly.

Upload Document

Step3: Once the uploading is complete, right-click on the document and select download a copy.

Step4: You will be asked to choose the format on which you wish to download the copy. From the options given choose either Word, PDF or epub which can be opened in a Windows PC.

Step5: iCloud will begin your downloading of the file in the format specified by you.

After the file has been uploaded to iCloud you also have the option to copy and paste the data from the page file uploaded to iCloud to word in your windows PC or any other processing program you are using on your Windows PC.

4. Convert to Word file using an iPhone or iPad

You can also convert a pages file to the word through your iPhone or iPad by deploying the below steps:

Step1: Open the pages app on your iPhone or iPad.

Step2: Find the document( pages format) that you want to use on your Windows PC.

Step3: On the upper right corner are three dots, tap those dots and a drop-down will open.

Step4: From the list, select export.

Step5: You will be shown a list of options for the format in which you wish to export the file.

Step6: Choose the format readable by Windows like Word or PDF.

Step7: Your document conversion will begin, until then you can choose the method by which you wish to share your document (Mail, Message and so forth).

export file

Once everything is done, your document will be sent to you in the format chosen by you by the method chosen to send it.

Thus, you can easily convert your pages document to a format to make it easily accessible in the Windows PC with your iPhone or iPad also.

5. Third-party tools

Various third party converters are available online like CloudConvert or Zamzar. Use any of them to convert .pages to a word.


Many methods have been provided for converting a pages file if none of the other methods work, or you do not have access to iCloud or any other Apple device, backup in iCloud and other online tools are great.

There are various tools available online offering reformatting services. Just search on Google and you have the best result available. Depending on your file size and other details choose the tool carefully. There are some tools which are paid whereas some are free. So choose whichever one you want.

In online tools all you need to do is upload the file and choose the format of conversion and the converter will do the rest.

While some tools will provide you the file in your format, others may require you to mention your email address, or upload the document to Dropbox, Google Drive etc. Select the option of your choice and begin your work.

6. Use Google Docs to convert 

Google Docs can also be used for such conversions. Just follow the below steps:

Step1: Upload the .pages file to Google doc.

Step2: on google doc right-click the file and select open with and further cloud converter.

Step3:  Save the file in RTF format as it can open both in windows and Mac.

You can save the file further in your own formats like word or pdf.

Wrapping up

Thus, though opening the pages file from iPhone, iPad with Windows is not possible, it is not an impossible task. You can easily do it by various methods as specified above.

While some of the methods require an Apple device or Apple account, there are too simple to perform and in quick steps gets your work done you may have started on IOS, but you can continue your work on Windows. Hope

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