Archived - Pages '09: Opening a document from another application

You can create a new Pages document by importing a document created in another application, such as Microsoft Office 2007 or AppleWorks. Pages can import the following file formats: plain text (.txt), Rich Text Format (.rtf and .rtfd), AppleWorks 6 word processing (.cwk), and Microsoft Word (.doc).

As much as possible, Pages preserves the original document's text, colors, layout, and other formatting options.

From Microsoft Word, you can import styles, tables, inline and floating objects, charts, footnotes and endnotes, bookmarks, hyperlinks, lists, sections, change tracking, and more.

From AppleWorks, you can import word processing documents only.

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Here are two ways to import a document:

  1. Drag the document to the Pages application icon. A new Pages document opens, and the contents of the imported document appear.
  2. In Pages, choose File > Open, select the document, and then click Open.

If you can't import a document, try opening the document in another application and saving it in a format Pages can read, or copy and paste the contents into an existing Pages document.

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Last Modified: Aug 9, 2013
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