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  1. otherguy5 macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2015
    Does anyone here know how to convert batches of .pages files to word?

    Explain it to me like I'm ten please, since I am not tech savvy here.

    Also, for those of you who use pages, how do you keep the docs updated? Say you have thousands of pages docs, how do you keep them up to date so they're compatible with newer versions (which is my worry. Or are they all automatically updated to be compatible)?
  2. sracer macrumors G3


    Apr 9, 2010
    Sorry, I don't know the answer to how to batch convert .pages docs to MS Word docs. I have 1000's of word processing documents in .pages, MS Word, Google Docs, and LibreOffice formats. I keep them in their native formats until I need them in another. Most times, I don't need to convert them.

    As for keeping .pages docs updated... Except for files created in Pages 4.3 (iWork '09), the format of the files has been consistent with the newer version of Pages. Even when the Pages app gets updated, the file format of the document files remains the same.
  3. superscape macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2008
    East Riding of Yorkshire, UK

    You should be able to go File>Export To>Word (see attached screenshot).

    Hope that's of some help!

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  4. otherguy5 thread starter macrumors member

    Feb 2, 2015
    I know how to do that. But is there anyway to do it for multiple docs at once?
  5. neutrino23 macrumors 68000

    Feb 14, 2003
    SF Bay area
    After a brief search I found this.

    Scroll down a bit to find a script for exporting to word. From this you can work out how to export all of the documents. If AppleScript works then Automator should work, that might be easier for you.
  6. Micky Do macrumors 68000

    Micky Do

    Aug 31, 2012
    An island in the Andaman Sea.
    Good advice..... I do this occasionally for some documents, which I am required to submit digitally, in Word format.

    Need more help....? Click on "Help" and select the appropriate topic. I have usually found it quite useful.

    I have a version of Word on my 10 year-old Mac Mini, but gave up on using it when it would not properly open documents with Thai script in them. I guess there is some setting that would correct that, but I can't be bothered. Pages may not have all the features of Word, but it has all that I need, and I find it easier to work with.

    I don't have Word at all on my 2017 MacBook Air, and get by without it just fine. Converted Word Documents just sit where I put them, and can be attached to e-mails, transferred or whatever, no hassle. Word documents open OK in Pages.

    I'm not aware of a way of converting multiple documents at once...... Seems documents have to be open to be converted.

    I have converted several documents over the past week or so, but it will be several months before I have to do it again. As such, it is not a biggie for me
  7. superscape macrumors 6502a


    Feb 12, 2008
    East Riding of Yorkshire, UK
    Of course, you could do this with AppleScript if that's your thing, or alternatively you could look at some Automator Actions for Pages - see the link in my signature. In the interests of transparency, and in case its not immediately obvious, I'm the developer.

    You basically create a droplet do it as explained here:

    ...but obviously, use the Word exporter rather than the PDF action shown in the example.

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