Pages and docx files?

Discussion in 'Mac Apps and Mac App Store' started by Gata, Sep 11, 2010.

  1. Gata macrumors regular

    Mar 23, 2010
    I’ve recently made the move from a PC to a Mac, and so far, everything’s gone very smoothly. I got iWork with my Mac, and there’s one problem that’s bugging me; every time I open a word (docx) document in pages, it asks me if I want to keep the changes or discard them, and that’s for when I’m just reading them. When I edit them, and I go to save it, it keeps bringing up the save as box instead of overwriting the present docx file. I’ve already installed any missing fonts I have in my documents.

    So, to summarize, my two main problems are:

    1- If I read a docx file, Pages acts like I made changes to it, despite the fact that I did not.

    If I edit a docx file, Pages keeps bringing up the save as dialog box when I try to save, instead of overwriting the original docx file.

    The same thing happens with Numbers and Keynote.

    Any solutions? I just need a temporary fix 'til I can get a hold of Office 2011.
  2. KirkL macrumors 6502

    Jul 27, 2010
    United States
    That's because pages is trying to save it as a .pages file :) (I think)

    You can't save it natively as a .docx file, you have to "Export it"
  3. AppleCode macrumors regular


    Jul 28, 2010
  4. Cloudynesz macrumors newbie

    Sep 11, 2010
    I was in a same situation a few days ago, you have to uncheck an option like "save as an doc" in the drop down box, or you have to keep saving you doc again and again.

    I have been using iWork for more than a week, without those cool animations in keynote, I will never never buy this s**k software.

    Could you try to put a superscript symbol in your page document, the shortcut "control+command+plus sign" seems doesn't work on my computer.
  5. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    It will work fine if you do it correctly. Two criteria must be met:
    • Your text editing window must be front-most.
    • The [+] selection is really [shift]+[+/=].
  6. snberk103 macrumors 603

    Oct 22, 2007
    An Island in the Salish Sea
    Good advice from KirkL. Pages by default will save as .pages doc, not .docx. So, when you read the .docx file Pages has converted it, and as far as it's concerned you have changed it. Maybe not what you want, but it is the way it is. I also use NeoOffice. It can read and save .docx files, and can behave more like what you want.

    I really like iWork, and use it to create just about all of my documents. I use NeoOffice if I am collaborating with an Office user because if I am just reading and commenting it's easier.


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