View iWork Pages Files on Windows

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File compatibility issues arise when you’re working in a mixed environment of OSes – like Macs and Windows. There are files that can be opened by Macs only and files that can only be ran using Windows. An example is viewing Pages files. When you transfer them on Windows, you get to see the “unknown file” icon and you’re not able to view the contents. It’s a good thing that the term workarounds exists.

Pages files are similar to Microsoft Word files. This tip will let you view these type of files on a Windows system but you can’t edit them. First make sure you’re able to view extension names (filename.extension name). To do this, open a folder, click Tools > Folder Options… and click on the View tab. Uncheck the box that says “Hide extensions for known file types” and click Apply then OK. Below is a snipped image of the Pages file with the unhidden extension.


Pages File

Pages File

Replace your Pages file’s extension name to “.zip” and if Windows tells you that the file will be unusable after changing the extension name just select Yes to continue. Using a zip utility like 7-Zip, extract all files. Open the QuickLook folder and view Preview.pdf. You’re now able to view or even print the file. If you have Adobe Acrobat, you may export the PDF file to Word to be able to edit it.

If you’re a Windows 7 and 7-Zip user, you may immediately extract the files without changing the extension name.


Check out the free Pages converter for Windows. It converts Pages documents into text files.

Convert Office 2003 Files to PDF

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I have featured a free PDF converter for the Office 2007 suite. But since there are still a lot of Office 2003 suite users, and Microsoft did not release any add-in or tools, I’ll be featuring a freeware to publish your documents, spreadsheets, and even your presentations into  PDF files.



Launched in February 2004, PrimoPDF is a free tool for high-quality PDF creation, comprising a user-friendly interface that enables printing to PDF from virtually any Windows application. This freeware which  may be downloaded from CNET’s Download.Com website is consistently ranked number 1 software by Download.Com under the Business & Productivity category.

Before installing the software, make sure you have Microsoft .Net Framework 3.5 installed in your system. This may be downloaded form the Microsoft website.

Unlike the Office 2007 add-in, you publish your files to PDF by going to File>Print and selecting the PrimoPDF printer. If you need to edit something, edit the Office 2003 file and reprint it overwriting the existing PDF file.

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Save as PDF – Office 2007 Add-In


Publishing your documents into PDF (Portable Document Format) ensures that your files retain the formatting that you made and the contents are not altered. This is very essential if you’re distributing documents to colleagues or other employees. And to be able to view these PDF files, you must have a PDF reader installed. Foxit Reader for Windows is a free and lightweight PDF reader.

Microsoft has a free add-in for the Office 2007 Suite in order to publish office documents into PDF. It may be downloaded from the Microsoft website or from my online drive.

Once installed, you can save office 2007  files as PDF by clicking on the MS Office Button button , then point to Save As and click the PDF or XPS option. Give the file a name and you may check the Open file after publishing checkbox. If you need to edit your PDF file, open and edit the office 2007  file and save it again as PDF. You may overwrite the existing PDF file.

Here are some screenshots of  the add-in on MS Word and Excel 2007 .

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