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How To Open a Pages Document on a Windows PC

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2010-11-06_1556If you work on a Mac using Pages or one of the other iWork programs, one frustration can be opening those files on a Windows PC. Apple does not make a Windows version of iWork and Word will not open a Pages document, nor will Excel or PowerPoint handle Numbers or KeyNote files.

If you ever find yourself needing to quickly open the document just to read it or print it on a Windows PC, there is a simple solution, found in a MacRumors forum post.

First, simply rename the document. If we have a document called “letter.pages” then we would rename it to “” resulting in a compressed ZIP file. Then unzip the file, which you can do inside Windows Explorer by just double clicking it. The result will be a folder the contents of which will look like the image below.


Now just open the “QuickLook” folder and then open the “Preview.pdf” document in your favorite PDF file reader. Now you can see the contents of the Pages file and even print it. If you have a program that edits PDF files like the expensive Adobe Acrobat Pro or more reasonable Foxit PDF Editor, which has a free trial version, you can even edit the document.

In case you were wondering, this procedure also works with Numbers and Keynote files with an exception. Those zip files have JPG files instead of PDF files. The image below came from a Keynote presentation that I created just to test this.


Kevin loves notebooks, tablets, gadgets and photography. He grew up with computers starting out on a Vic 20 and Commodore 64. The first computer he owned himself was an 8086 Compaq Deskpro. His foray into tablet computing began when he bought a Samsung Q1 Ultra. The smartphone market opened up for him with his Palm Treo 600.


  1. Bennett Smith

    January 29, 2011 at 4:35 am

    Thanks I tried your suggestion & it worked a treat.

    I received an email from my Pastor regarding the Church roster in ‘Pages’ format today, I only have Microsoft word which was no help, so I tried a few online sites to help open it but yours was easier to understand plus I didn’t have to buy anything.



    South Australia

  2. Eric

    February 8, 2011 at 6:28 am

    Thank you. It worked perfectly.

  3. Daniel

    February 8, 2011 at 10:58 am

    With 5 minutes to open a pages document before a teleconference, your solution saved the day. Thanks!

  4. Dave

    November 23, 2011 at 12:08 pm

    simply ingenious, cheers

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