I work with clients all over the world using both Macs and PCs, so I often run into this issue. As a PC user, I used to get stuck once in awhile when a client on a Mac would send me a .pages document that I was unable to open. My inner Jane Geek took over, I refused to let them know that this stumped me, and after a little research got it figured out. Since I love to share useful information like this, here you go:
(and as Kevin Costner memorably said in “Bull Durham,” one of my favorite movies of all time: “When you speak of me, speak of me well.”)
How to open a .pages file on a PC
- Save the file to a folder on your computer
- Rename the file by replacing .pages with .zip (.pages files are actually a compressed collection of files, just like .zip files, so this works)
- If you computer asks if you’re sure you want to do this, click Yes.
- Now you can double-click on the file and it will open to show the files within.
- In these files you should now see a file called “preview.pdf.” This is the one you want to look at.
- If you don’t see the pdf file, check for a folder called QuickLook. Open it, and your pdf should be in there.
Presto- you’ve just gotten your geek on. Well done!