How to Open iWork Pages in Open Office

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How to Open iWork Pages in Open Office
New Macs ship with a 30 day trial of iWork, which includes the Pages software. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Pages is Apple's page layout and consumer-level desktop publishing software, which is part of the iWork suite of programs and is not included or bundled on your Mac when you purchase it. Open Office is a free suite of office productivity software which essentially mimics Microsoft Office's interface. Documents created in any of the programs in the Microsoft Office suite can be easily worked on and edited in Open Office. If you create a word processing document in Pages, however, and want to work with it in Open Office, you must first complete an easy step to convert it to Microsoft Word format.

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  1. 1

    Click on the "Pages" icon in your dock to launch Pages. Select the "Open Recent" or "Open an Existing File" button on the bottom left of the window. Choose a template in which to work, then click "Choose" to open it. Alternately, double-click on an existing Pages document on your desktop or computer.

  2. 2

    Select "Save As" from the 'File" menu. Click on the "Word" icon in the window's format pane. Your document will be saved as a Microsoft Word document that can be opened by both Microsoft Word and Open Office. Click "Next."

  3. 3

    Type your desired file name in the "Save As" text box. Navigate to the folder or location on your computer in which you want to save it. Click "Export."

  4. 4

    Launch Open Office. Choose "Text Document" in the Open Office document selector. Select "Open," then locate the Pages document you saved in Microsoft Word format.

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