How to convert Pages to PDF files on a Mac.

A man uses a Mac to convert Pages to PDF files.

To open Pages documents in other apps, you may need to convert them to a PDF first. This article explains how — step by step.

Have documents on a Mac and wonder how to convert Pages files to PDFs without jumping through hoops? If you use a Mac to create documents in the Pages app, you can convert them to PDFs, making them easier to share with others. You don’t need to use a different software program to make the conversion. It’s as easy as exporting the document in PDF format right from Pages.

Why convert Pages to PDF files?

While Pages documents might be a handy way to work with files on your Mac, they can’t be opened natively on a Windows device or any device that isn’t an Apple device. If you want to share a Pages document or open it on another device of your own, you’ll need to convert it first.

You may also want to make sure that your formatting stays consistent as you share and store your document. Fortunately, a PDF can be opened on any device with any operating system without converting to a new format. If you convert Pages to PDF, your document will now be in a format that stays consistent across any device and is easy to secure.

Will I lose formatting if I convert Pages to PDF?

If you follow the instructions below to convert Pages files to PDFs, you shouldn’t lose any formatting. When you export to PDF, you will be shown a sample of what your page looks like, so you’ll be able to double-check that all of your formatting is in place.

You can also choose the image resolution if you have any images in your Pages document that you’re changing to PDF. If you do have trouble keeping the formatting the same after a conversion, or if you simply want to edit your PDFs, use a PDF editor to achieve the formatting you want.

Can I convert Pages to PDF files for free?

Converting a Pages file to a PDF is possible right in the native software on your Mac. The software that created the Pages document is the same software that can easily convert it for you. You don’t need to pay for any additional software or subscriptions to convert to PDF, just the software you already have if you’ve created a Pages file. Read on to learn how to convert Pages to PDF files.

How to convert Pages to PDF files on a Mac

Use these steps to convert a Pages document to a PDF in Pages:

A man uses a Mac to convert Pages to PDF files.

  1. Open the Pages document you want to convert to a PDF.
  2. Choose File, then Export To.
  3. Select PDF as the format.
  4. Click Next.
  5. Choose a location to save your file to and enter a name.
  6. Click Export.

Now that you’ve converted a Pages file to a PDF, you may want to convert other documents. Fortunately, you can convert many types of documents to PDFs quickly and easily with Adobe Acrobat online tools.

More resources to work with documents.

Looking for more resources to work with documents or collaborate with others? It’s likely that you’ll be working with common documents like PDF and Word. Check out our other guides and tools:

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