While Apple makes its applications with an emphasis on working seamlessly with other Mac applications and across Apple devices, it limits the applications' usage outside the Apple world.
When sharing a document from Apple's default word processor Pages with a PC, for example, you can always convert the document into a PDF to keep its original formatting. Here's how to do it.
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How to convert Pages to PDF on a Mac
1. Open the Pages document you want to convert.
2. Click on File from the menu bar.
3. Scroll down and click on "Export to." This will bring up the export dropdown menu.
4. In the "Export to" dropdown menu, scroll to and click on PDF.
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Ryan Ariano grew up in Baltimore when the Macintosh was cutting edge, lived in Los Angeles as Blackberries gave way to iPhones, and now lives in Jackson Hole where his life is held together by Bluetooth. He writes on a wide range of topics but especially loves nerding out across the tech spectrum.
.pages files are documents, created with Apple's word processor Pages, which is part of the iWork package. Pages is available for Mac OS X and iOS and is a competitor to Microsoft Word. .pages files can contain complex documents with tables, charts and pictures.
To open Pages documents in other apps, you may need to convert them to a PDF first. This article explains how, step by step.
If you use a Mac to create documents in the Pages app, you can convert them to PDFs, making them easier to share with others. You don’t need to use a different software program to make the conversion. It's as easy as exporting the document in PDF format right from Pages.
How to convert Pages to PDF files.
If you want to open a Pages document in another app or share it with someone else, you can use Pages to convert the document to a PDF. PDF documents are easy to share and manage using any word processing software or application. You can use them on a computer or a mobile device.
Use these steps to convert a Pages document to a PDF in Pages:
A PDF can be opened on any device with any operating system without converting to a new format. You can view PDF documents using your word processor or on the web. This format uses very little space on your hard drive and can help you go paperless. You can convert many types of documents to PDFs quickly and easily with Adobe Acrobat online tools.
As a writer, I often get files emailed to me in the format of PDF. At first, I used to copy all the text from the PDF file and copy it to Pages, and do all the reformatting, but this is very time-consuming. Especially when converting some scanned PDF files, you won't be allowed to copy and paste.
However, I do find some ways and apps that convert PDF to Pages file with intactness and good formatting. Here are 5 solutions on how to convert PDF to Pages on macOS, no matter you want to convert PDFs on MacBook Pro, MacBook Air or iMac. Also, we share extra method to convert PDF to Pages on iOS device, like iPad or iPhone if you need to.