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Open Pages documents in Windows

Pages is part of the iWork suite of desktop publishing apps developed by Apple. It isn’t available for Windows based computers. If you have written a Pages document using a Mac and now want to open it on a Windows PC there isn’t a piece of software to my knowledge that will open it. With the method below I will show you how to open the document for viewing, but you wont be able to edit it:

  1. Firstly download and install the archive utility 7-Zip.
  2. When 7-Zip is installed navigate to a .Pages document and right click on it.
  3. In the context menu that pops up, hover over the 7-Zip menu item and click on the “Extract to <name of file>\” sub-item. This will extract the .Pages file into a folder in the same directory as your file. The folder will have the same name as the original .Pages document:

    Extracting the Pages document using 7-Zip.

    Extracting the Pages document using 7-Zip.

  4. Navigate to the extracted folder and open the QuickLook folder:

    The QuickLook Folder.

    The QuickLook Folder.

  5. Inside the QuickLook folder there is a PDF document called Preview.pdf this contains a PDF version of your original file:

    The Preview.pdf file which contains a read only copy of your .Pages document.

    The Preview.pdf file which contains a read only copy of your .Pages document.

Interestingly in the folder which is created when you extract the .Pages file; there is a file called index.xml. This file contains all of the text and formatting information for your document. Surrounded by XML descriptive tags. Therefore it wouldn’t be that far fetched to imagine that an XML parser could convert this XML back into a document that you could view in the browser. But this approach is useful if you just want to view or print the document. You could even copy and paste the text out into a new document if you wanted to edit it. Of course the formatting and any pictures would be gone. Now you know how to open pages documents in Windows.

Jason Edwards

  • Sherie

    When I follow these steps everything works with the exception being there is no PDF document in the folder. Only a thumbnail.jpg. Do you know why it would not be creating the PDF file? I was using a non-Adobe PDF reader, and I even tried installing Adobe’s product and then went through the steps again.

    I am on a PC running Windows 7 with Office. The .pages file came through GMAIL to Outlook and was downloaded to my desktop.