Anyone know how to save a file created in Pages as a Word Document?

I am going to be using Pages on my Mac, but then might need to open these files on a windows computer using Word. These will be created on Pages then modified on word, or the other way round. If I create a file on Pages on the Mac, how can I then save it as a word file? I looked around on Google and it says go to the export menu and click word, save it as a different title then click export. I did this, but it still reads both files out as a Pages publication. For example, I created a file called Test, and saved a pages version and exported it as a word document in a different location. I called the pages one Test, and the Word one Test word. Both of them either say "Test, selected Pages publication", or "Test word, selected pages publication". I made sure I was clicking on the right things in the export menu, but it still seems like they are both saving as Pages files.



When trying to viewing the document on the windows pc even if the document is saying it is a pages document did you try opening the one that says test word then it might appear as a word document not a pages document.

Thanks Isaac

Thanks Isaac, I'll have a windows computer tomorrow, so I'll have a look at it.

I haven't done much testing,

I haven't done much testing, but some people have tõld me, that when I have exported a .pages file to .doc, it appeared for them as a file with many blank lines. So that a page lõng file ended up being a 40 page file. My stupid solution is to copy paste the text to text edit and save it as doc or docks from there.

Editing a word document in Pages for Mac

If you open a Word file (doc and Docx) in pages for Mac, if you want to do some work on the file, do you have to save it in the .Pages format, and after you are finished, export it again as a Word document?
Thank you,


Yes, that is correct as it is not possible to save it as a word document. My recommendation for working with word documents on the mac is simply opening and editing them in text edit.

It works perfect over here.

While a document is open in pages go to File, Export to, Word. At the dialog box choose Word then click next. As usual enter file name, select location then press the Export button.

So far I'm quite satisfy with it. It also works very well even with tables.

Hope it helps.


I was told that when exporting to word, much of the formatting is compromised. If you are working with sighted peers who rely on the formatting to be just so, I would not export.

Working on a document in Pages

Text Edit does not handle tables.
I should have made the question more clear.
If I want to do some work on a Word document of this type, do I first have to save it to the Pages format, and once I am finished working on it, I can export the document to Word again?
Thank you,


This is correct as there is no way to actually save the document as a word doc.