How to open a .pages file on a PC

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

  1. Save the file to a folder on your computer
  2. Rename the file by replacing .pages with .zip (.pages files are actually a compressed collection of files, just like .zip files, so this works)
  3. If you computer asks if you’re sure you want to do this, click Yes.
  4. Now you can double-click on the file and it will open to show the files within.
  5. In these files you should now see a file called “preview.pdf.”  This is the one you want to look at.
  6. 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!

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  1. says

    Found the answer I needed quickly using Google and Dawn. Thanks Dawn, I too did not wish to go back to the client as it is 4.00 am here. Your instructions were implicit and easy to follow.

  2. Chris says

    Just had to stop by and say thanks! I was able to find your page via Google and followed the steps and was able to print the needed document. Thank you so much!!!

  3. John says

    Thank you! My boss couldn’t read this .pages file, and I’d just renamed it to Word, then tried opening in a text editor, no luck. Did a quick Google search and found your page, and had it working in 30 seconds. Very helpful and much appreciated!

  4. Lilly says

    Seems like it would work but no luck, the file changes to say “ZIP file” to the right of the name but I still cannot open it! If someone could help, that would be great!

    • kay says

      I can’t get it to work. I am trying to open an attachment to an email. It’s a pages file. I have tried everything! Anyone have any ideas. This method isn’t working

      • Dawn Mena says

        Hi Kay. Sorry it isn’t working. First thing I would suggest saving the file to a folder before you try the conversion process. You may have already done this, but if you are opening it off an email and trying the process that way, that may be hindering your success. good luck!

  5. catherine says

    This didn’t work for me either. Windows told me that the compressed folder is invalid when I tried to open it.

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