Word to Pages

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  1. Morod macrumors 68000

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    Hello,
    I just got my new iMac and had lots of Word documents transferred to it from my PC. I want to get MS off the iMac ASAP! Do I have to copy/paste all my Word documents into Pages documents? Any workarounds? I'm afraid that once my 30 day trial of Word is over I won't be able to open, print or edit any of these documents. Any ideas/suggestions/knowledge is much appreciated!
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  2. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Rest easy. TextEdit will be able to open .rtf files, so that may be one way to go if you don't want to buy iWork. Any reason you're not planning on buying iWork, btw?
     
  3. bowens macrumors 6502a

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    Pages will open .doc files. It will just want to save them as .pages files when you're done with them.
     
  4. tersono macrumors 68000

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    Pages opens MS Office files without problems. Another good alternative is NeoOffice (freeware). You can quite safely ditch MS Office right now.
     
  5. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    TextEdit will also open .doc files, though with less of the formatting intact.
     
  6. Morod thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Hi and thanks for the info. I have already bought and installed iWork '08. This will be able to open .doc files?
    Morod
     
  7. aristobrat macrumors G4

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    Yes, along with .XLS (Excel) and .PPT (PowerPoint) files.
     
  8. Sky Blue Guest

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    Yes, it will, Have you tried opening a .doc in Pages?:rolleyes:
     
  9. Morod thread starter macrumors 68000

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    No, sorry I haven't tried that, nor do I know how to do that. When I open a .doc file, the Word trial copy opens it. So how do I open a Word document in Pages? And thanks to all for the help. I am not nearly so paranoid now about uninstalling the MS trial apps.
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  10. psychofreak Retired

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    Right click -> Open With :)
     
  11. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Or drag and drop onto the Pages application icon.

    You can also get info on a Word document and set the default application for all Word documents to Pages.
     
  12. Morod thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Now this sounds like a winner. How is it done? Thanks,
    Morod
     
  13. Morod thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Thanks Psychofreak! That worked great. Now I know I will be getting that M$ cr*p off this wonderful machine very soon!
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  14. SheriffParker macrumors 6502a

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    or you can open pages

    -> file -> open

    :)
     
  15. vanmacguy macrumors 6502a

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    Right click the document, select Get Info. Half way down you'll see Open with:

    Just click the drop down and select Pages. Then click the Change All.. button.

    Cheers.
     
  16. Morod thread starter macrumors 68000

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    Fantastic! This worked exactly as described. Now, does anyone think it's safe to uninstall the "Office 2004 For Mac Test Drive" application folder from this iMac? It has a lot of stuff in it, more than I would've thought, way more than just Word, Excel and PowerPoint. There's clip art, languages, fonts, even an M$ AutoUpdate, among other things. I would LOVE to uninstall all this, but what are the consequences? Thank you all.
    Morod
     
  17. dukeblue91 macrumors 65816

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    No Consequences just uninstall :)
     
  18. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    The obvious consequences are that you can't get it back if you change your mind.
     
  19. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

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    What about the reverse? I'm picking up a Mac soon and if I use iWork '08 at home, then take my work to campus, will the PCs there read said files?
     
  20. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Not if they are saved as 'native' iWork files (.pages, .numbers, .keynote). You can always export to an Office-equivalent format from your Mac and take that with you to campus.
     
  21. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

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    So I could save a .Pages file to a USB flash drive as a .Doc file? :)
     
  22. gauchogolfer macrumors 603

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    Yep. Just look under the File menu for Export.
     
  23. IJ Reilly macrumors P6

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    Yes. Just don't expect the formatting to be perfect.
     
  24. Scottyk9 macrumors 6502a

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    You would need to export the files (on your Mac through pages) to a different format, such as .doc or .rtf
     
  25. BOSS10L macrumors 6502a

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    Thanks everyone. Now I just need to decide which Mac is right for me. :) This part is becoming a bit aggravating. :D
     

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