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how do i convert a pages document to word

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easton910 Calculating status...
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Sep 4, 2012 11:20 AM

I created a pages documents and need to email it to someone with Word.  How do I convert the pages document so it's accessible in Word.

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,085 points)
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    Sep 4, 2012 1:53 PM (in response to easton910)

    File > Export or Share > Export.



  • Susan Smith2 Calculating status...
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    Oct 26, 2012 9:42 AM (in response to Peggy)

    Why doesn't the share button work like it did before? Gives me the options of Pages, PDF or Word, but if I choose Word and Email as my choice to share, only get a beep and Mail doesn't open and file doesn't send / convert. Worked great before the latest updates.

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,175 points)
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    Oct 26, 2012 12:12 PM (in response to Susan Smith2)



    Perhaps Pages has lost track of your default email client, or maybe it doesn't like the name of your document. Have you set a default email client in Mail Preferences? What is the name of your file?



  • Susan Smith2 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Oct 26, 2012 12:24 PM (in response to Jerrold Green1)

    Jerry, my default email program on my Macbook Pro is Mail. When I select the SHARE button in Pages, the choices are to email as Pages, Word or PDF. Both Pages and PDF act as before (in Lion), opening my default Mail client and attaching the file as an icon. However if I choose Word, it takes a little while to think, then I hear a "clink" sound and nothing happens. No error message, no Mail app, nothing. As I think I stated earlier in the thread, this used to work great for sending my document to friends who don't have Pages, only Word. My workaround solution is to go to File > Export and choose Word. The launch the Mail app and attach the file...which used to only take one click.


    Someone elsewhere has suggested deleting my plist for Pages and reloading...will try this tonight.

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,175 points)
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    Oct 26, 2012 5:29 PM (in response to Susan Smith2)



    It's not a bad workaround. I normally begin an email before thinking about getting the PDF to attach to it. Or, it's a reply to another email and I have to do the export to PDF and then attach it. Not that Sharing a Pages document as a PDF attachment isn't a nice feature, but it's not a crucial one. I really don't know why your system quit working. I'd hesitate to do anything drastic like reloading the OS, but if someone came along who knew what plist file to delete, that would be worth a try. To determine if it's a plist file issue, try doing this in another User Account. If it works fine in another account, it's a preference file issue.



  • leigoss Calculating status...
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    Nov 14, 2012 10:08 AM (in response to easton910)

    Fast, straight convert pages to word INCLUDING comments! (which don't carry over in pdf, etc.) FREE at: 



    apparently they do many conversion types, it worked beautifully!  It will also email the conversion straight back to you or to whomever you wish.


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