How to Open Apple Pages Documents on a Windows 10 PC

Pages may be a decent word processor, but it still doesn’t play well with Microsoft Word. Learn how to view and convert Pages files in Windows 10.

“Apple Pages” is Apple’s equivalent to Microsoft Word and is part of the iWork suite, which also includes Numbers (like Excel) and Keynote (like PowerPoint).

In 2017, the company made the suite available for free for Mac computers and iOS devices. This means that many users are probably using it rather than opening their wallets for a Microsoft 365 (formerly O365) subscription.

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

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

View Apple Pages, Numbers, or Keynote Documents on Windows 10

If you don’t have access to a Mac, you can view the first page of a Pages document, the first worksheet of a Numbers workbook, and the first slide of a Keynote presentation. We’ll use a Pages document as an example.

When you try to open an Apple Pages file in Microsoft Word, you’ll see the following dialog box.

Can't open Pages document in Word

When you click OK, yet another dialog box displays.

Found unreadable content dialog box in Word

Whether you click Yes or No, a third dialog box displays, Microsoft really wants you to know that it can’t open the file.

Click OK to get out of this process finally.

Word experienced an error dialog box

The interesting thing about Pages documents is that they are compressed files. Change the extension of the file to .zip to view the contents of the file.

Change the extension on the Pages file to .zip

When you change the file extension to .zip, the following confirmation dialog box displays, click Yes to change the extension.

Rename dialog box

You can use any zip program, like 7-Zip, to extract the files from the Pages file.

Extract files from the Pages file

When you extract the .zip file, you’ll find several image files. Open the largest image file in your favorite image editor to view the first page of the document.

Double-click on the largest image file from the Pages file

You can insert the image file into a Word document, but you won’t be able to edit the document. The next section will show you how to convert Pages documents to Word documents and Numbers files to Excel files, and Keynote files to PowerPoint files.

Image of file open in Photos in Windows 10

Convert Pages, Numbers, and Keynote Documents to Microsoft Office Documents on Your Mac

The previous method works if all you want to do is read the first page, worksheet, or slide in Pages, Numbers, or Keynote documents. But if you want to view more of the documents or edit them, you need to convert them to Microsoft Office documents.

If you have access to a Mac, you can convert Pages documents to Word documents in the Pages app. The process for converting Numbers or Keynote documents is the same.

Open the document you want to convert in Pages and then go to File > Export To > Word.

File > Export To > Word in Pages on Mac

The Word tab at the top of the Export Your Document dialog box should be active.

To add a password to the document, check the Require password to open box. Enter a password in the Password box and again in the Verify box. Type a hint in the Password Hint box to remind yourself of your password.

Under Advanced Options, the Format drop-down list allows you to save the document as a .docx file (Office 2007 and later) or a .doc file (Office 2003 or earlier).

Click Next.

Export Your Document dialog box in Pages for Mac

Enter a name for the Word document in the Save As box and select where you want to save it.

Then, click Export.

Select location for exported file and click Export in Pages for Mac

Convert Pages, Numbers, and Keynote Documents to Microsoft Office Documents on Your iPhone or iPad

If you don’t have a Mac, but you have an iPhone or iPad, you can use your iOS device to convert your iWorks document to a Microsoft Office document.

Again, we’re going to use a Pages document as an example.

Open your document in Pages on your iPhone or iPad and tap the menu button (three horizontal dots) in the upper-right corner of the screen.

Tap the menu button in Pages for iOS

On the More screen, tap Export.

Tap Export in Pages for iOS

The Export screen offers four formats to convert your document to. You can choose any of these formats, but we’re going to use Word for this example.

So, tap Word.

Tap Word in Pages for iOS

You’ll see the Choose How to Send link at the bottom of the Export screen.

Choose How to Send link in Pages for iOS

You don’t need to tap the link. The Share screen automatically displays.

Tap the method you want to use to transfer the converted file to your Windows PC. We used Dropbox.

Tap Dropbox on Share sheet on iOS

Convert Pages, Numbers, and Keynote Documents to Microsoft Office Documents Using iCloud

If you don’t own an Apple device, you can set up a free iCloud account or log in to an existing account. Then, open the appropriate app for the document you want to convert.

The easiest way to upload a document to your iCloud account is to drag it onto the browser tab where you’re running the iWork app in your account.

Once the document is uploaded, click the menu button (three horizontal dots) in the lower-right corner of the document icon and select Download a Copy.

Select Download a Copy in Pages on iCloud

On the Choose a download format dialog box, click Word. This allows you to edit the document on your Windows PC.

If all you want to do is view the document (beyond just the first page), you can choose PDF or EPUB.

Click Word on the Choose a download format dialog box in Pages on iCloud

The iWork app in your iCloud account creates a file for download.

Pages on iCloud preparing the Word file

When the Opening dialog box displays, select Save File and click OK.

Or, if you want to view it right away, choose Open with. Microsoft Word should be chosen in the drop-down list automatically.

Save the Word file from Pages on iCloud

If you’re saving the file, select a location and enter a name in the File name box. Make sure you keep the .docx extension.

Then, click Save.

Enter name of file to save to dialog box in Pages on iCloud

Don’t Send Back Those Pages, Numbers, and Keynote Files

You have a few options for converting Pages, Numbers, and Keynote files so you can view them and even edit them on a Windows 10 PC. And you don’t even need to have a Mac.

Do you use Pages, Numbers, or Keynote on a Mac or iOS device? Or do you use Office programs on a Mac or Windows PC? Which do you prefer and why? Please share your thoughts and opinions with us in the comments below!



  1. Mason

    January 31, 2018 at 2:20 am

    Well, thank you so much. I usually use pdf converters like CloudConvert and LightPDF to process them to PDF format. Your method seems to be more safe to my private documents.

  2. William Hostman

    April 27, 2019 at 2:19 am

    Having been a Pages power-user for a decade, it’s one of two things I miss on my new windows box. (The other is unicode support throughout the whole ecosystem.)

    When my mac died, a replacement mac was well beyond what was affordable; feature for feature, I paid half as much for a windows box… and it’s expandable, to boot, unlike new macs.

    now I have a way to convert some of the rescued but unopenable files.

  3. Bethany Best

    August 13, 2019 at 9:56 am

    Thank you for the instructions for a Windows user! It worked great, but I do have a question… do I open the other pages in the same document? I would like to see the entire document, not just the first page.

  4. weidss

    May 18, 2020 at 10:40 pm

    I never use MS Word on my Mac. Pages is my app of choice. Pages meets all of my word processing needs, and it keeps everything in a elegantly simple and easily accessible interface.

  5. H

    November 16, 2020 at 12:26 pm

    Thanks for that. I’m a Windows10 and Office365 user but sometimes receive .pages files despite asking people to send things in Word or Excel format.
    I’ve used the zip method before without realising it only produced the first page so I’ve just created a free iCloud account and used that to do the conversion on our Treasure’s recent report. Seems safe and very easy. Thanks again!

  6. nyltak

    February 23, 2021 at 11:30 am

    how do you get the pages files, off of the iphone, and on to the windows desktop?

  7. Marie

    April 12, 2021 at 7:45 am

    I don’t use MS Office on my Windows 10 computer. Because I have to save documents to The Cloud, I try to open documents in Word Pad, but this doesn’t work for Pages documents or MS Word documents. I haven’t been able to figure out a work-around for this

  8. groovy

    July 9, 2021 at 3:46 am

    “If you don’t have access to a Mac, you can view the first page of a Pages document”

    that is why people hate apple…

  9. Barry

    February 18, 2022 at 5:04 am

    If you install Libre Office on your Windows 10 or 11 computer it will open .pages documents directly. It will also convert them to Word or PDF formats. It will open as a read only document and sometimes formatting of the document will be off but you can correct that either in Libre Office or Word once you have resaved it.

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