How to open a Pages document without iWorks?

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  1. macrumors newbie

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    Hello, wondering if anyone can tell me how to open a Pages document that arrived as attachment in Mail? A fellow Mac user sent it. I don't have or plan to buy iWorks. I couldn't open it with the Appleworks that I have with OS X 4.9. Nor would Textedit and apps like that help.

    Thanks for any help. JBrad
     
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    notsofatjames

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    Theres an iWorks trial on the install disk (or there is on mine). You could try that to open it and save it as something else
     
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    Eraserhead

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    I don't think you can (unless you have a trial on a disk somewhere), otherwise ask them to send you a PDF if you don't need to edit it or a Word Document otherwise.

    Also you should give Apple feedback that they need to release a free Pages viewer (for Mac and PC if possible).
     
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    dpaanlka

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    Tell them to send it to you as a PDF. All they have to do (from Pages) is go to File -> Export -> PDF.

    AppleWorks is not related to iWork.
     
  5. thread starter macrumors newbie

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    Thanks all for the help. I figured there wasn't a way a direct way to do so. I was wondering though if my other friends with PCs were able to open the Pages document sent me? Interesting if they could somehow and I can't! Thanks again, JBrad.
     
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    IJ Reilly

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    Windows users are going to have an even tougher time dealing with Pages documents, since they're not really documents at all, but packages.
     
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    Cameront9

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    No, they shouldn't be able to. Windows doesn't even see the file right.
     
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    dpaanlka

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    They can't. You misheard or misread something along the way.
     
  9. macrumors newbie

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    Cntl click on the .pages document, and then go to show package contents. You'll then see index.xml.gz or something close to that. Double click it, it will decompress and show index.xml. Any number of apps like dreamweaver or dashboard can read the .xml file.

    Side note..you'll have to search through the gibberish code in the file to get to the actual words. Any other ideas or if someone knows of something better I would love to know.
     
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    IJ Reilly

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    As of Pages 3.0, .pages files are no longer packages, so this trick no longer works.
     
  11. macrumors newbie

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    Quick Look works fine

    In Mac OS 10.5.x the Quick Look function allow Pages files to be read
     
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    mysterytramp

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    This is bumping a thread, but in case anyone stumbles across this ...

    IJ is sorta right, but there's a trick similar to what jeremiec describes for Pages 3.0 and later.

    A Pages file (all iWorks files actually) are .ZIP archives. Change the extension from .pages to .zip and you can unarchive the file. One of files remaining will be a PDF of the formatted file. (There will be other files which if you don't have Pages and all you want is data, you can ignore.)

    This is a handy trick, especially if the Pages file ends up on a Windows machine.

    mt
     
  13. macrumors newbie

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    Wow yeah thankyou, that tip about saving it from .pages to .zip saved my life. Thanks guys.
     
  14. macrumors newbie

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    Great tip!

    Thank you!

    The .pages to .zip method worked for me on OS X 10.4.11.
     
  15. macrumors newbie

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    Easier solution

    1. CTRL+click on the document.

    2. Choose Quick Look.

    3. Done
     
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    dpaanlka

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    Even easier - single click the document to select it, then press the space bar :D

    However this doesn't work prior to Leopard.
     
  17. macrumors newbie

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    Perfect solution

    that above tip from dpaanlka - single click the document to select it, then press the space bar

    THIS was an awesome tip. So darn simple I had to laugh outloud. Thank you!
     
  18. macrumors newbie

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    Worked for me

    I am a mac user on a windows 7 machine at the moment. The changing the file name to .zip at the very end worked for me. Rather then mess with the index.xml file there was a quicklook folder inside the new zip file. I found a complete pdf of the page file. This PDF i could of course change into whatever I wanted using any preferred program of choice.
     
  19. macrumors newbie

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    .pages to .pdf

    You literally just have to safe the file on your desktop change the name from .pages to .pdf or whatever file format you want it to open under, save it and open.
    it's literally too easy.
     

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