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:
- Firstly download and install the archive utility 7-Zip.
- When 7-Zip is installed navigate to a .Pages document and right click on it.
- 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:
- Navigate to the extracted folder and open the QuickLook folder:
- Inside the QuickLook folder there is a PDF document called Preview.pdf this contains a PDF version of your original file:
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.