Switch from a Word document to Pages: steps to follow — 2022

The fight between the different text file formats is something that undoubtedly brings many users headaches on a regular basis to those users who start in the Mac world. However, living with word documents and pages is much easier to what it seems, in fact, is very simple to be able to work with both since, really, they are completely compatible. In this post we explain everything you need to know to be able to work with both formats on your Mac without any problem.

What compatibility is there between these apps?

One of the most common fears or doubts of users who start in the Mac world is the compatibility of file types with which they have always been working with their new computer. Specifically, one of the most common is the doubt about whether documents in word format are going to be able to be used and opened on Mac, and obviously, if files or documents in Word format can be perfectly used on an Apple computer, in addition , in two different ways.

First of all, you can make use of Microsoft's Mac compatible software. Just as you have been using your Word application to create and edit your text files, you can continue to use it on Mac as its developers also have their applications for Apple's operating system. However, not all users have within their reach a license to use Microsoft's work suite, something that, on the contrary, Apple offers to all its users. In other words, all users who have a device from the Cupertino company have the entire Apple work suite at their disposal.

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This is where the second way you have of work with Word-type documents without needing to have it installed on your Mac . Within Apple's work suite, you have Pages, which we can say is the counterpart to Microsoft Word but on Apple's operating systems. Unlike .pages files that cannot be opened by Microsoft Word, documents in word format can be opened through the Pages application. You can even work with them, but beware, this does not end here; With Pages you can not only open and work with Word documents, but when you're done editing your text document, you can also save it to your Mac in Word format.

Open Word documents as Pages

Apple has wanted to give all the facilities to users so that they are able to work with the different text file formats without any problem, something that is undoubtedly appreciated by all users who use a company computer on a daily basis from Cupertino. In addition to providing all the tools for free, it gives its users the peace of mind of not having to worry about the input format, but only the output format, but we will talk about that later. In this section you will be able to check three different shapes to open documents from the Microsoft app in the Apple app, since it will not be necessary to change the format in no case.

If you don't have the Microsoft app installed

This method of opening documents is the simplest of all and it really isn't too different from the traditional way of opening all kinds of files. If you don't have the Microsoft Word application installed on your computer, your Mac will detect that the file will open with Pages even though it didn't come from Pages. The steps to follow are very intuitive:

  1. Open Pages.
  2. Search for the document you want to open through the search engine that appears on the screen.
  3. Select that document.
  4. Now click Open.

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The other option you have in these cases is to directly double click on the file and let Pages open it by default, since as we said before, macOS gives Pages as the default program to open this type of file even if they come from Word.

What to do if you have Word installed

If you already have the Microsoft application installed on your Mac, double-clicking on any file whose origin is Word will open it precisely in this program. Therefore, it is convenient that if you want to open it in Pages you strictly follow these steps:

  1. Locate the Word file you want to open.
  2. Secondary click on it.
  3. Click on Open with.
  4. Select Pages.

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With these simple steps you can open your Word document in Pages without any complications. Once the file has been opened, depending on whether there is any type of incompatibility with the font(s) used, you will be informed of it so that you are aware of everything.

And to do the process in reverse?

As we mentioned before, macOS not only offers the possibility of being able to work with files in Word format without having to have the Microsoft application installed, but with Pages it also allows you to export your text documents to the Microsoft format. Apple is aware that, at least for now, this other format is the most widely used in the world and both in the professional, student and even personal fields. Therefore, to carry out this reverse process of convert a document from Pages to Word just follow these steps:

  1. Finish editing your document.
  2. Click File.
  3. Click on Export to.
  4. Select Word.

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Once you have done this you will be able to use that Word document however you want. It can be opened again in Pages format following the steps mentioned in previous sections, although without losing that new format used. The most interesting thing about this is that it can be opened and edited in computers Windows , this being very interesting if it is a group work document and you are one of those who prefers Pages and yet your colleagues are more willing to work in the Microsoft ecosystem.