What are .pages files used for?
The primary use of the .pages format is creating and handling text-based content. As the lead file of the Apple Pages software, this file format is ideal for drafting documents, writing reports and creating resumes on Apple’s hardware.
Documents are cross-compatible across multiple Apple devices and the Pages programme has a range of pre-made templates to get you started.
Once you’re done drafting your documents, Pages has built-in ability to save documents as locked PDF files. This is ideal for saving and sending content in a non-editable file - such as a finalised contract or professional agreement.
Conversion to other formats
Despite being an Apple native file format, .pages files can be converted for use with other text-based software, such as Microsoft Word or Google Docs. Conversion is handy for sharing files with other teams or sending documents to clients who may not work with the Apple suite.
Files retain much of their formatting and the customisable options, such as font choice, are transferrable across the three leading word formats.
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Pros and cons of .pages files.
- Smaller file size. The .pages format tends to be smaller in size than other industry rivals, like .DOC. This makes them easier to manage, taking up less hard-drive space and processing power.
- Cross device compatibility. .pages files are cross-compatible and editable across the range of Apple devices and tools, including MacOS, iOS and iPadOS.
- Easily convertible. You can convert .pages files to other text formats, like Word Docs or Google Docs files, with relative ease.
- Not supported on older versions of Microsoft Word. If you’re still using an edition of Microsoft Word that’s older than 2007, you won’t be able to open .pages.
- Apple native only. If you’re more experienced with Microsoft Word or Google Docs, you might find the switch to .pages a little difficult at first. .pages files, as part of the iWork suite, are Apple’s exclusive version of rival packages like Microsoft Office.
- Lacks features. Although many of the features, font choices and templates are viewable in rival programmes, the .pages format software has fewer features overall than its common competitors.
How to open a .pages file.
Opening a .pages file on MacOS is easy. You’ll need the .pages reader app install. It usually comes as standard with any new MacOS software or can be downloaded for free from the OS App Store.
Once you’ve got the Pages programme, just double-click a .pages extension to open it.
It’s a little trickier to open a .pages file on a Microsoft product. You’ll have to convert the .pages file to a suitable format, like a Word DOC. You can do this by downloading the original .pages format as a .DOCX file or PDF in the original Pages programme.
Alternatively, if you have an online iCloud account, you can open a .pages file in there. Though you’ll need an Internet connection to edit the .pages file using iCloud’s cloud-based software.