Word docs in Pages

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  1. Jonny Guacamole macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2013
    Does anyone know why - when I open a Word document in Pages it never looks quite right? Odd characters appear too? Is there a setting to be able to open Word docs properly? J
  2. Weaselboy Moderator


    Staff Member

    Jan 23, 2005
    There really is no trick or anything, you just open the DOC. It sounds like perhaps there is some advanced formatting in the document from Word that is not supported in Pages.

    Usually you will get a pop up box in Pages explaining what segments of the DOC were not able to translate properly. Are you getting that popup?
  3. Jonny Guacamole thread starter macrumors newbie

    Jul 12, 2013
    Yes - non compatibility warnings come up. I have to re format, re-kern, line spacing and all that to get the doc to look reasonable
  4. MisterMe macrumors G4


    Jul 17, 2002
    Pages does not edit Word documents. Whenever you open a Word document in Pages, you launch a conversion filter that copies the document into a new Pages document. This new document is the document that you edit. The old Word document remains unchanged. If you save your edited document, then you save a Pages document. If you want the new document in Word format, then you must affirmatively invoke a conversion filter to convert the Pages document to a Word document.

    It cannot be stated too many times that Word conversions are problematic. The most frustrating conversions are those between two different versions of Word on Windows. In my personal experience, the most reliable Word conversion was to open any current or older version of Word documents in Word 2004. Word 2011 has been widely praised for its ability to open Word 2010 and other Word formats. In my experience, Word 2011 is not nearly as accurate in its day as Word 2004 was in its day.
  5. Gregg2 macrumors 603

    May 22, 2008
    Milwaukee, WI
    Cool. Office for Mac 2004 still has it's day on my Mac!

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