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PAGES File Extension

Pages Document
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What is PAGES file?

Files with the PAGES extension are files created in the Apple Pages text editor, used for creating and editing text documents. Apple Pages is a component of the Apple iWork suite. Analogically to its equivalent in Windows system (Microsoft Word), document files may contain a range of additional elements, besides plain text, such as diagrams, charts, images or tables.

A PAGE file is stored as a ZIP package, containing specific data in separate, compressed files. PAGES files can be also browsed through on computers running on Windows.

How to open a PAGES file in Windows?

Note – if a given file was secured with a password, operations described below will not be possible to perform without previous unlocking the file with a proper password.

In order to display content of a the file, several simple actions must be performed:

  • Change the extension of a given file from [file_name].pages into [file_name].zip
  • In order to display content of the archive, use one of the popular unpacking programs.
  • In the unpacked structure of catalogues you should be able to find, among other, Thumbnail.jpg files (preview of the main page of a document), and Preview.pdf (whole document in PDF format).

Alternatively, you can use a functionality of the Google Drive – upload a document file and display its content within the Google Documents service.

Advantages of PAGES format

  1. As a files’ archive, PAGES format contains data which can be accessed easily, also using different operating systems.
  2. Apple Pages program offers additional templates, which enable to prepare some materials easily, such as posters, leaflets and other advertising materials.

Programs which support PAGES file extension

The following list contains programs grouped by 3 operating systems that support PAGES files. Files with PAGES extension, just like any other file formats, can be found on any operating system. The files in question may be transferred to other devices, be it mobile or stationary, yet not all systems may be capable of properly handling such files.

Programs that support PAGES file

Updated: 11/16/2019

How to open file with PAGES extension?

There can be multiple causes why you have problems with opening PAGES files on given system. Fortunately, most common problems with PAGES files can be solved without in-depth IT knowledge, and most importantly, in a matter of minutes. The following is a list of guidelines that will help you identify and solve file-related problems.

Step 1. Install Google Drive viewer software

Install software to open PAGES file The main and most frequent cause precluding users form opening PAGES files is that no program that can handle PAGES files is installed on user’s system. This one is an easy one. Select Google Drive viewer or one of the recommended programs (for example, Apple Pages, iWork, iWork Pages) and download it from appropriate source and install on your system. On the top of the page a list that contains all programs grouped based on operating systems supported can be found. The safest method of downloading Google Drive viewer installed is by going to developer’s website () and downloading the software using provided links.

Step 2. Verify the you have the latest version of Google Drive viewer

Update software that support file extension PAGESIf the problems with opening PAGES files still occur even after installing Google Drive viewer, it is possible that you have an outdated version of the software. Check the developer’s website whether a newer version of Google Drive viewer is available. Software developers may implement support for more modern file formats in updated versions of their products. This can be one of the causes why PAGES files are not compatible with Google Drive viewer. The latest version of Google Drive viewer should support all file formats that where compatible with older versions of the software.

Step 3. Set the default application to open PAGES files to Google Drive viewer

If you have the latest version of Google Drive viewer installed and the problem persists, select it as the default program to be used to manage PAGES on your device. The process of associating file formats with default application may differ in details depending on platform, but the basic procedure is very similar.

Associate software with PAGES file on Windows

Selecting the first-choice application in Windows

  • Choose the Open with entry from the file menu accessed by right-mouse clicking on the PAGES file
  • Click Choose another app and then select More apps option
  • The last step is to select Look for another app on this PC option supply the directory path to the folder where Google Drive viewer is installed. Now all that is left is to confirm your choice by selecting Always use this app to open PAGES files and clicking OK.
Associate software with PAGES file on Mac

Selecting the first-choice application in Mac OS

  • By clicking right mouse button on the selected PAGES file open the file menu and choose Information
  • Find the Open with option – click the title if its hidden
  • Select the appropriate software and save your settings by clicking Change all
  • If you followed the previous steps a message should appear: This change will be applied to all files with PAGES extension. Next, click the Continue button to finalize the process.

Step 4. Ensure that the PAGES file is complete and free of errors

You closely followed the steps listed in points 1-3, but the problem is still present? You should check whether the file is a proper PAGES file. Being unable to access the file can be related to various issues.

Check PAGES file for viruses
1. The PAGES may be infected with malware – make sure to scan it with an antivirus tool.

Should it happed that the PAGES is infected with a virus, this may be that cause that prevents you from accessing it. Immediately scan the file using an antivirus tool or scan the whole system to ensure the whole system is safe. If the PAGES file is indeed infected follow the instructions below.

2. Check whether the file is corrupted or damaged

Did you receive the PAGES file in question from a different person? Ask him/her to send it one more time. It is possible that the file has not been properly copied to a data storage and is incomplete and therefore cannot be opened. When downloading the file with PAGES extension from the internet an error may occurred resulting in incomplete file. Try downloading the file again.

3. Check if the user that you are logged as has administrative privileges.

Some files require elevated access rights to open them. Switch to an account that has required privileges and try opening the Pages Document file again.

4. Verify that your device fulfills the requirements to be able to open Google Drive viewer

If the systems has insufficient resources to open PAGES files, try closing all currently running applications and try again.

5. Verify that your operating system and drivers are up to date

Regularly updated system, drivers, and programs keep your computer secure. This may also prevent problems with Pages Document files. It is possible that one of the available system or driver updates may solve the problems with PAGES files affecting older versions of given software.

Conversion of a PAGES file

File Conversions from PAGES extension to a different format
File conversions from other format to PAGES file
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