Your colleague sent you the information you needed to finally unravel the secret powers of the unicorn! But they sent it as a Pages file, you’re a Windows user, and they won’t answer your emails requesting a PDF or Doc version. What’s a cryptozoologist to do?
Fortunately, there’s an easy answer! You can quickly convert a Pages file to a PDF without any special software. Follow the step-by-step instructions below to convert a Pages file to a PDF in 3 steps.
Convert a Pages file to a PDF on Windows
- Right-click the file and change its extension from .pages to .zip. You may need to enable file extensions on your computer before you can complete this step.
- A pop-up will appear alerting you that changing a file extension can make a file unusable on your computer. Click Yes to confirm the change.
- Double-click the file. A folder will open. In the folder, double-click the document named preview. Your Pages document will be displayed as a PDF.
Bam! Now you’ve got a PDF version of your document.
This workflow won’t help those of you who need to be able to edit the document. You’ll have to rely on your collaborator to send you a Doc version for that one. Or, you could make both of your lives easier and start working on Google Docs instead.
Bonus tip! If you need an easy way to bulk extract image files from a Word document or Powerpoint slideshow, you can follow this same workflow. When you unzip the folder, you’ll see a media folder containing all of the images and videos from your document. This is really useful when you’ve created a bit slideshow or document but didn’t save your source images anywhere, or don’t have access to them anymore.
Do you have a better tip for handling Pages files on Windows? Tell me in the comments!