Import and export different file formats with Pages

Learn which file formats you can use with Pages, how to open them, and how to convert your Pages document into another format.

Pages for iOS

Pages for iOS lets you open, work on, and share your files from your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch, even if you worked on them outside of Pages.

Pages for iOS can open

  • Pages ’05 or later
  • Microsoft Word - Office Open XML (.docx) and Office 97 or later (.doc)
  • Plain Text files (.txt)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

Pages for iOS can export

  • PDF
  • Word (.docx only)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • EPUB

Open a file in Pages for iOS

You can open a file in the Pages for iOS app on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch by selecting a file from the document manager when the app opens. To open a file from a different app, go to the other app and select the attachment. When it opens, tap the file then tap . Tap Copy to Pages. 

After the file opens, you might get a message that the file was last edited in an app other than the most recent version of Pages for iOS.

Export a file with Pages for iOS

A document in Pages for iOS remains as a .pages file until you want to send it. Follow these steps to send a document in a specific file format:

  1. Open the document, then tap .
  2. Tap Export.
  3. Choose a format for your document.
  4. Choose how you want to send your document (for example, Mail or Messages).
  5. Complete the sending process you selected.

Pages for Mac

Pages for Mac makes it easy to import and work with your files, even if you worked on them outside of Pages.

Pages for Mac can open

  • Pages ’05 or later
  • Microsoft Word - Office Open XML (.docx) and Office 97 or later (.doc)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • Plain Text files (.txt)
     

Pages for Mac can export

  • PDF
  • Microsoft Word - Office Open XML (.docx) and Office 97 or later (.doc)
  • Plain Text files (.txt)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)
  • EPUB
  • Pages '09

Open a file in Pages for Mac

To import any text document from Finder, right-click the file, then click Open with > Pages. If Pages is the only word processor on your Mac, you can simply double-click.

If you are already in the Pages for Mac app, choose File > Open, then click the file you want to work on. If a file is grayed out, it isn't in an acceptable format.

After you import the file, you might see warnings. Learn more about warnings you might see when you open documents created in older versions of Pages.

Export a file with Pages for Mac

  1. Make sure you have the file you want to export open in Pages.
  2. Choose File > Export To, then select the format.
  3. From the Export Your Document window, you can choose a different format or set up any additional options. For example, you can select Image Quality for a PDF, or save a Word document in an older file format. With some formats, you can also password protect your file.
  4. Click Next. 
  5. Enter a name for your file and select a folder to save it to.
  6. Click Export.

Make sure you save your file before closing. If you make any changes after exporting the file to a different format, they appear only in the Pages you are working in.

You can also click Share > Send a Copy to send a file in a specific format through Mail, Airdrop, Notes, Messages, or Reminders.

Pages for iCloud

Pages for iCloud lets you open, work on, and share your files from any Mac or PC on the Web. 

Pages for iCloud can open

  • Pages ’05 or later
  • Microsoft Word - Office Open XML (.docx) and Office 97 or later (.doc)
  • Plain Text files (.txt)
  • Rich Text Format (.rtf)

 

Pages for iCloud can export

  • Microsoft Word (.docx only)
  • PDF
  • EPUB

 

Upload a file to Pages for iCloud

If you have a file that you want to save to iCloud, and you don't want to turn on iCloud Drive on that Mac or PC, you can upload it through iCloud.com.

  1. Sign in to your iCloud account at iCloud.com.
  2. Click Pages.
  3. Drag the file you want to upload into the document manager, or click .
  4. Locate the file on your Mac or PC. Click Choose.
  5. Your file appears in Pages for iCloud.

Download a copy of a file from Pages for iCloud

  1. Sign in to your iCloud account at iCloud.com.
  2. Click Pages.
  3. Right-click on the document you want to download, or click , then choose Download a Copy.
  4. Click on the download format. The file starts downloading.

Learn more

  • Pages for Mac and Pages for iOS, and Pages for iCloud use the same file format. Documents created or edited in Pages on one platform can open in Pages on the other platforms.
  • You can update to current versions of Pages on your iPhone, iPad, or iPod touch from the App Store. To update Pages on your Mac, use the App Store app on your Mac.

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