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.
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.
How to open pages file on Windows
There are a number of methods you can use to open the .Pages format in Windows. Here are some:
Solution #1: Open Pages through a zip compression
To open Pages on Windows, you have to change the file format, by changing the file extension .pages.
You’ll change the file into a zip file format through a simple file extension modification from the Windows file system.
Before you start, ensure you’ve saved a copy of the Pages file somewhere you can easily access in Windows Explorer. After that, do the following:
- Make a copy of the .pages file (this is a precaution 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 Press the Enter key to save the extension change. For example, if your file name is today.pages change it to today.zip
- Unzip the file: double click the newly renamed .zip file to open it (unzip) to open and access the Pages format content within Microsoft Word, Office, or WordPad
- In the zipped folder, you’ll find three files, double click on the “QuickLook” folder to open it:
- In the QuickLook folder, you’ll find a PDF and JPG files. Double click on the PDF file, it is the Pages file you want to open.
- If you want to read or edit the Pages document (the PDF document you have created) on Word, you will convert the PDF document to Word document.
*Here is an important NOTE:
To use this solution, you’ll need to have file extensions visible in Windows so that you can change the .pages extension.
To make the file extensions visible:
- Go to Folder Options
- Click View
- Uncheck ‘Hide extensions for known file types’ (you can safely ignore any file extension warning change warning).
- The file extensions should be visible now.
Solution #2: Upload the Pages Document on Google Drive
This is a quick way to view PAGES files in Windows or another operating system. To open Pages file on your Windows:
- Upload and save the Page document on to Google Drive (to access Google Drive, you must have a Gmail Account. If you don’t have already, create one)
- In the drive, right-click on the document, then choose "Open With."
- Under "Suggested Apps," choose CloudConvert, then sign in with your Gmail account
- If need be, review the terms of service, then click "Allow."
- If you don’t already have a CloudConvert account, create one.
- Your document will be prepared to convert.
- Once the document reads "Ready," click on the drop-down menu and choose "Document," then "doc" or "docx" file to enable you to open it in Word.
- When it's finished, click the red "Start Conversion" button at the bottom-left of the screen.
- When the download is complete, click the green "Show File" button next to the document.
- You will see a preview opened in Drive. Click "Download" at the top-right of the screen. (The arrow pointing down).
- Wait for the download complete, then click the arrow next to the download bar at the bottom-left of the screen, then click "Open."
- The doc should now open in Microsoft Word.
We believe these solutions have been helpful.
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