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"Pages has unexpectedly quit", what do to?

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timtam84 Calculating status...
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Mar 16, 2013 9:15 AM



Every time I open Pages or Numbers, the program will end after a few seconds and I get the message "Pages (or Numbers) has unexpectedly quit'. I can't create a document when I keep getting this message. I'm also unable to open documents I've created before or that have been e-mailed to me.


What can I do? I've already removed plist files as I was told to do in another post, but the problem keeps coming back and it really annoys me.


I use a MacBook Pro, Pages '09 and OS X 10.8.2. Pages was installed by Apple when I ordered my MacBook.


Looking forward to hear how to solve this problem.


Thank you.


MacBook Pro (15-inch 2.53 GHz), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,270 points)
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    Apr 21, 2013 7:53 PM (in response to timtam84)

    Find Pages in the Applications folder and select the icon:


    Menu > File > Get Info


    What version does it say?


    Have you done anything recently like reinstall the applications or upgrade your version of OSX?


    There is a also a possibility you may have a damaged font or font cache that causes it to crash when you open a document.


    Try creating a new Account in your System Preferences, restart switching to that and see if the same thing happens.



  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,175 points)
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    May 9, 2013 7:34 AM (in response to timtam84)



    If your application works differently in one user account than it does in another user account, then there is a difference in the PLIST files. You apparently didn't locate and destroy all the PLIST files in the first attempt.


    Yvan Koenig has written a very effective uninstaller script that will clear all traces of iWork, leaving you in good condition for a reinstallation, so you can start fresh.


    Find Yvan's uninstall script on this page


    Good luck.




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