Open Pages file on a PC

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Kinkade, Jan 22, 2008.

  1. macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2007
    I wrote up a paper for school, saved it on my flash drive and went off to school.

    Only problem is my school is entirely PC, and I didn’t remember to save it for word.

    I need a program that can convert a pages document to word or let me open it in another program on the PC.

    I tried installing open office on the computer here at school but it wont let me. I should be able to install most other programs though.

    When my professor asks me who I don’t have it done I don’t want to say because I use a mac. Well I do, but I shouldn't.
  2. macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    Email it to me at and I'll convert it for you.

    Edit: two years later, I'm still getting requests because of this thread. I'm going to have to get out of this business -- sorry.
  3. thread starter macrumors member

    Jun 19, 2007
  4. macrumors 603


    Sep 3, 2003
    North Carolina
    No problem... on its way. Though it would be cool if anyone knows of a windows application to convert pages documents.
  5. macrumors newbie

    Mar 30, 2009

    Can someone help me with a conversion document.. I have a interview today and I updated my resume on Pages at Home and emailed it to myself at work which is a PC. I have no idea how to change the format.. can I email it to someone here and have you guys convert it for me??

  6. MDTyKe, Jun 11, 2009
    Last edited: Aug 30, 2011

    macrumors regular

    Jun 24, 2007
    New York, NY
  7. macrumors newbie

    Mar 17, 2010
    An easy solution

    Some continued googling revealed a much easier solution. Apparently the .pages format is really just a zipped file. You can open it with winzip, stuffit expander, or any such program. If you don't have one of those programs, one suggestion that I read that I'm pretty sure would work is to just change the file extension from .pages to .zip and then windows will open it with its built-in compressed folder utility.

    Once you do open it, you'll find a bunch of individual files, but also a pdf titled "preview" which has the entire contents all in one convenient pdf.

    Much easier than finding a generous soul to email.

  8. Moderator


    Staff Member

    Dec 7, 2002
    Whakatane, New Zealand
    I've been unable to replicate that; the .pages "file" is actually a directory. There's a thumbs/page_thumb_1.tiff inside it containing a thumbnail of the document, but it's far too small. There's also a .gz archive but it only contains XML.

    It's possible that newer (or older) versions of Pages (I have version 3, aka '08) use a different format though.
  9. macrumors 65816

    Sep 19, 2009
    I did this on my Mac...haven't tried it on the Windows box. The file will indeed change to .zip, and it does contain the pdf you talk about, but it's much smaller than standard 8.5 x 11.
  10. macrumors 65816


    Jul 17, 2008
    It might not work on some documents. When you save in Pages, there's a checkbox that says "Include preview in document." If that's not checked, you don't get the full size PDF.


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