How to Open Pages Documents With OpenOffice Writer

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Pages is the word processing and layout program in Apple's iLife software suite. By default, Pages creates documents in its native file format, but you can also export Pages documents to the Microsoft Word format. Some formatting is lost when files are exported, but the text remains. Pages can also export to plain text with no formatting. OpenOffice Writer can open plain text or Microsoft Word documents, so once you've exported either of these formats in Pages, you can open the file in OpenOffice.

  • Open your Pages document in Pages. Go to "File," then "Export" to export the file to a Windows or plain text version.

  • Launch OpenOffice's Writer. Click "File," and then click "Open."

  • Make sure "All Files (.)" is chosen in the File Type field.

  • Navigate to your exported Pages document.

  • Uncheck the "Read-only" box if you want to modify the file.

  • Click "Open" and work with the document.

Tips & Warnings

  • Save the file in Word format or plain text (.TXT) if you want to open the file in Pages after you've worked with it in OpenOffice's Writer.
  • Use the most current version of OpenOffice. Versions older than OO3 may not open the latest Word files.

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