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How to Open Apple Pages Documents on a Windows 10 PC

iWork may be a decent word processor, but it still doesn’t play well with Microsoft Office. Here’s a trick that lets you convert Pages files in Windows.

Apple sells millions of their popular Mac and iOS devices every year. Each includes a free copy of the iWork productivity suite. The company recently made the suite available for free to older Mac computers and iOS devices, too. What this means is that a lot more users are probably using it rather than opening their pocketbook for a Microsoft Office 365 subscription.

That also means users of Microsoft’s own suite are likely to come across an Apple Pages document once in a while. If you need to view it, you have a few options. The easiest option is to upload the file to Apple’s iCloud; great if you do use Apple’s service.

But what if you don’t use iCloud all? Here is a look at how you can open and view Apple Pages, Numbers and even Keynote files on Windows 10.

View Apple Pages Documents on Windows 10

When you try to open an Apple Pages file in Microsoft Word, this is what happens.

The interesting thing I found about Pages documents: they are actually compressed files. All you need to do is change the extension of the file to .zip in order to view the contents of the file.

Proceed to extract the zip file; inside you will find several image files. Choose the largest of the three, which you can open in your favorite image editor.

You can then print it as a PDF or insert it in Microsoft Word as is. If you want to edit it, save it as a PDF first, then convert it to a Word document.

Converting Numbers and Keynote Documents in Windows 10

For Pages, renaming is an easy hack. This trick doesn’t work nearly as well with other types of iWork files, even if you were to convert the file to PDF then use a professional converter such as Adobe Acrobat. It’s a similar case with Apple Keynote presentations; converting to a compressed file doesn’t help much since only the first slide is viewable.

You are likely best off asking the sender to convert it first to Excel or opening it in iCloud. Here is how you do that.

In Pages, Numbers or Keynote, click File > Export, choose whether you want to export as a Word, Excel or PowerPoint or another supported format, click Next then Save the file.

On iOS, tap the more actions menu, choose Send a copy then select the desired format.

If you don’t own an Apple device, you can set up a free iCloud account, then upload the document from within the web versions of Pages, Numbers or Keynote.

That’s it, a small chore, but at least you know how to do it if one of your Mac loving friends or colleagues decide to be difficult.

Give it a shot and tell us what you think in the comments.


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