How to open Pages files

After skipping the last lesson of the university course you are following, you asked your classmate for the notes, who promptly emailed them to you. By downloading the file, however, you realized that it is in an unfamiliar format, Pages, and all your attempts to open it have been in vain. By learning more on the web, you have discovered that it is a proprietary format from Apple, but you have not yet been able to figure out how to view it. Well, if that’s the case, let me tell you that you’ve come to the right place at the right time!

With today’s guide, in fact, I will tell you how to open Pages files from Mac and, above all, on Windows PCs with the possibility of being able to edit them. Furthermore, I will show you how to view a file with the .pages extension also from smartphones and tablets and I will provide you with directions to convert the document into one of the most common text file formats. How do you say? Are you looking forward to learning more about the topic? So let’s not waste any more time chatting and let’s get to work immediately!

Come on, position yourself comfortably, take five minutes free and read the next paragraphs carefully. Choose the solution that best suits your needs, try to put into practice the instructions I am about to give you and I assure you that you will be able to read the notes contained in the Pages file. I just have to wish you good reading and good luck for everything!


  • How to open Pages files on computer
    • Open Pages files on macOS
    • Open Pages files on Windows
  • How to open Pages files online
  • How to open Pages files on smartphones and tablets
    • Open Pages files on iOS / iPadOS
    • Open Pages files on Android

How to open Pages files on computer

To begin with, let’s find out how to open Pages files on a computer , both on macOS and on Windows . Find the instructions on how to proceed right below.

Open Pages files on macOS

If you want to open Pages files on  macOS , the Mac operating system, I inform you that it is a real breeze. To do this, just use  Pages , the word processing software available only for Apple devices. The program is completely free and can be found pre-installed on the computers of the most recent “bitten apple”, but otherwise or if removed it can be downloaded from the relevant section of the Mac App Store .

So, to be able to open documents in Pages format on Mac, all you have to do is locate the file icon and double-click on it. If in doing this another program opens, obviously it is because Pages is no longer the software set as default for the aforementioned type of file: to remedy this, follow the instructions I gave you in my guide on what to do .

In addition to as I just indicated, you can open files in Pages format on Mac by starting Pages , selecting the relative icon (the one with the white pen on an orange background ) that you find in the Launchpad , and then the location and the  reference document from the window that appears.

Once the file is displayed, you will be able to view its contents in the central part of the Pages window, while at the top you will find the toolbar for inserting tables, graphics, comments, etc. and on the right the menu to make customizations to the text and other elements that make up the document.

Open Pages files on Windows

If you need to open Pages files on Windows , I’m sorry to disappoint you, but you can’t do the operation directly, as the Pages format is not supported by Microsoft’s operating system. However, this does not mean that opening this type of file is impossible. In fact, you can do it by practicing special tricks.

First, you can cope with this by going to change the extension of the referenced file. More precisely, what you have to do is right-click on the icon of the file you want to change, select the Rename item  from the menu that opens (if you can’t see it, first click on the heading Show other options ) and replace the .pages extension  with the .zip extension , after which you must click on the Yes button in the window that opens on the screen to confirm the changes made.

Now, extract the ZIP file obtained in a location of your choice and double-click on the preview.jpg file to view the contents of the Pages file. Being an image and not a text file, you can understand that you will not be able to apply changes and that this trick is only useful for viewing the contents of the file.

Another system you have on your side is to first convert the documents in question into the DOCX format , so that you can then open it in Word , Microsoft’s word processing software. To turn your Pages file into a Word document, you can use the CloudConvert online converter  , which is free and allows you to make a maximum of 25 conversions per day (to get around this limit, you need to purchase one of the special packages, with costs starting from 9 , 76 euros), or you can turn to alternative solutions .

To use CloudConvert, go to its web page , click on the Select files button  , select the Pages file on your computer and wait for it to load, then press the è button and download the output document by pressing the Download button .

When the download is complete, to open Pages files in Word , simply double-click on the  DOCX format file icon . If in doing this another program opens, it is evidently because Word is no longer the software set as default for the aforementioned file type or because it is not installed on the computer, which you can remedy by following the instructions I have provided in mine. guide on what to do  (keep in mind that the program is paid and has prices starting from 7 euros / month with a Microsoft 365 license , but you can try it for free for 30 days) or by contacting alternative word processing programs .

As well as as I just indicated, you can open the Pages file converted to DOCX with Word by starting the latter, selecting the relative link in the Start menu , then clicking on the File menu at the top left, then on the Open item and selecting the reference file from the window that appears.

How to open Pages files online

Wondering if there is a way to open Pages files online ? The answer is yes. To do this, you just need to access the online version of Pages , through the iCloud website , which is free and usable by any browser and operating system, as long as you have an Apple account .

To be able to use it, open the browser you usually use to surf the Net, go to the iCloud home page and log in with the data relating to your Apple ID . Once logged in, click on the Pages icon (the one with the white pen on an orange background ) and, on the next screen, click on the icon with the up arrow and the cloud at the top, then select the Pages file on your device that you want to open.

Wait, therefore, for the upload of the document to be started and completed, then double-click on its icon and you will finally be able to view the contents of your Pages file in the browser window. More precisely, the document is visible in the center, while at the top there are the buttons to add graphics, images and other elements and on the right the commands for formatting.

How to open Pages files on smartphones and tablets

Now let’s move on to the mobile side and find out how to open Pages files on smartphones and tablets . Below you will find explained how to do it, both by acting on iOS / iPadOS and on Android .

Open Pages files on iOS / iPadOS

If you have an iPhone or an iPad, you can open Pages files on iOS / iPadOS using the  Pages app , which is practically the mobile counterpart of the Apple word processor program I told you about in the step at the beginning of the guide . Again, this is a free solution.

If you have not already downloaded and installed the Pages app on your device, you can do it by proceeding as follows: access the relevant section of the App Store and press the Get button , then the Install button , then authorize the operation via Face ID , Touch ID or Apple ID password . Then, start the app by selecting its icon (the one with the white pen on an orange background ) added to the home screen and / or to the App Library.

Now that you see the main Pages screen, select the Browse item   at the bottom to indicate the location from which to get the Pages file and the reference document , after which you can finally view the contents of the file in the application.

If you also want to make changes, click on the Edit button at the top right to proceed and use the attached commands at the top of the editor to change the formatting of the text, to add images, etc.

Open Pages files on Android

If you are asking yourself how to open Pages files on Android , I inform you that it is not possible to perform the operation in question since the devices based on the mobile platform of the “green robot” do not support this file format. However, you can work around the problem by converting Pages files to DOCX  and then opening them with the Word app , which on mobile devices with dimensions equal to or less than 10.1 ″ is totally free (otherwise Microsoft 365 subscription is required)

To convert your Pages file into DOCX, you can follow the instructions on what to do that I have already given you in the Windows step , then download and install Word, if you have not already done so, by accessing the relevant section of the Play Store and pressing on the Install button (if you are using a device on which Google services are missing, you can download from an alternative store ). Then, start the app by selecting the relative icon (the one with the “W” on the blue sheet ) added to the home screen and / or drawer.

Now that you see the main Word screen, log in with your Microsoft account (if required), go to the Open section of the app by selecting the appropriate item at the bottom, indicate the location from which you intend to take the previously converted Pages file in DOCX and select the reference document , after which you will be able to view its contents. If the latter does not satisfy you, you can consider contacting one of the many apps to write alternatives .

by Abdullah Sam
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