How To Save iWorks Files As .doc Format

I have switched from Microsoft Office on my Mac OS X system to Apple’s iWorks package, which works great except every so often someone complains that my files are in .pages format, not .doc, which is what they want to see. I can’t see how to save a file in Pages as an MS Word doc file, but I know it can be done. Help?

Dave’s Answer:

I also migrated on my Mac from MS Office to iWorks and haven’t looked back in the eight months or so since. Certainly Keynote is a huge improvement over PowerPoint, and my Keynote presentations look so much better I am kind of embarrassed it took me so long to switch, but Pages is a splendid replacement for Word too, and so far, for me, offers 100% of the functionality and capability I need.

Even better, as I bet you’ve found out, you can open .doc files created by Microsoft Word in Pages without a problem. Saving Pages docs in Word format, however, isn’t quite as obvious as you may imagine, because it’s not a “Save As” it’s an “Export”.

Let me show you…

Open up your Pages document, then choose “Export…” from the File menu:

mac pages file export

Chose that and you’ll see that there are a bunch of formats you can create:

mac pages file export pdf

The default is a PDF document. Easy, straightforward. Click on “Word” and you’ll see:

mac pages file export microsoft word

No options, just click on “Next…” and you’ll be able to type in the doc name you desire:

mac pages file export microsoft word save as

Enter a good name, add “.doc” if you think it’ll make it easier for the recipients, and click “Export”.

That’s it. Done. Now you have a “.doc” file on your computer that’s a Microsoft Word friendly version of your document. Not too bad!


By Dave Taylor

Dave Taylor has been involved with the Internet since 1980 and is internationally known as an expert on both business and technology issues. Holder of an MSEd and MBA, author of twenty books and founder of four startups, he also runs a strategic marketing company and consults with firms seeking the best approach to working with weblogs and social networks. Dave is an award-winning speaker and frequent guest on radio and podcast programs.

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