There are multiple operating systems available for both commercial and personal use, and it’s no secret each one comes with its pros and cons.
Regardless of the choice, what’s important is to make the collaboration between users of different operating systems easy and without many obstacles along the way.
When it comes to opening a “.pages” file (the equivalent of “.docx”) on a Windows PC, there are multiple ways to do it right.
Not sure where to start? This guide contains all the methods you need, so without further ado, let’s get right into it.
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Method 1: Export The .Pages File For Word Through iCloud
If you have an Apple ID and access to the online iCloud platform, you can export the .pages document as a .docx and open it in Word on your Windows PC.
However, this method is only useful for those who have both an Apple and a Windows system, so if that’s not your case, the method won’t be of much use.
Here are the steps to do it right:
- Sign in to iCloud with your Apple ID.
- Upload the .pages file and open it in iCloud.
- Click on the export button and choose either PDF or Word.
- Upload the file on a platform you can access via your Windows PC.
- Download the file from your Windows PC and open it.
Here’s a simple and helpful video showing the process
Once again, this is easy for users with access to both an Apple system and a Windows PC, but if that’s not your case, there are other methods to try.
Method 2: Upload The .Pages File On Google Drive And Use CloudConvert
Google Drive is helpful for many things, such as safely storing your documents, creating backups, and in this specific case, converting files to a different file type using the built-in CloudConvert service.
So, to correctly use this method, here’s what you need to do:
- Open Google Drive on your PC and sign in to your account.
- Assuming you already have the .pages file locally downloaded, proceed by uploading it to your Google Drive.
- Once the upload is complete, right-click the .pages file and choose Open With, then CloudConvert.
- When CloudConvert loads in your browser, sign in with your Gmail account and click Allow on the terms of service.
- Choose what file format you want to convert the .pages file to, then begin the conversion by clicking the Convert button.
- Wait until the process completes, then click Show File. A preview will open in Google Drive where you can check if everything was done properly.
- From here, you can choose to download the file locally by pressing the downward-pointing arrow icon on the preview screen.
- If you downloaded the file, you can now open it in Word as if it was originally a .docx file for Windows. You may repeat this process for any number of files you wish to convert.
This method is superior because it fully converts the file and makes it both accessible and editable on your Windows PC. You can make any changes you want to it, and the conversion is free to repeat for as many files as you need.
Note: You can use CloudConvert without uploading files to Google Drive. Just register an account and access the website. From there, the process is the same, except you’ll need to manually upload the files to the website instead of uploading them on Drive first.
Method 3: Change The Extension Of The .Pages File In Windows
If you don’t have internet access on your computer or cannot use the CloudConvert service (mentioned in the previous method) at the moment, there’s another way of opening a .pages files on Windows by changing the file’s extension type.
Here’s how to do that:
- Find the .pages file you wish to open on your Windows PC, then make a copy and save it on your Desktop. This is a backup in case something goes wrong. You don’t want to damage the original file.
- Now you need to enable viewing extension types in Windows by changing the folder options. So, open the Windows Search box, type in File Explorer Options, and click on the first result. Choose View, then scroll down and “untick” the Hide extensions for known file types options. Click Apply and then OK to confirm the changes.
- Go back to where you saved your .pages file, right-click it, and choose Rename. Delete its .pages extension in the name, and change it to .zip instead. The file will change to a zipped file, as you can tell by its icon.
- Open the zipped folder. Within it you’ll find a PDF file. Open it, and you can now view all content within the .pages file you couldn’t open on your Windows PC.
This doesn’t allow you to modify the contents within the PDF document, but at least you can now view it. To be able to modify it, use CloudConvert to convert it to a .docx file, and then you’ll be able to open it in Microsoft Word and change its contents.
Now you know more about the multiple available methods of opening a .pages file on your Windows PC.
Hopefully, these will help you improve your workflow with team members who use a different operating system or simply broaden your access to files from various sources.