How to Save Documents Created in Pages as a .DOC or .PDF

This tutorial will show you how to save documents that you have created in the Pages app for macOS as a Microsoft Word (.doc) or PDF file.

Please note: although this guide was published in 2010, it has been updated to be current in 2021.

  1. Create a document (or open an existing one) as you normally would in Pages.
  2. a document open in Pages for macOS

  3. When you’re ready to save it as a Microsoft Word document, select File from the Apple Menu, then Export To and finally Word… (Note: if it’s a PDF you’d like to save your Pages document as, jump down to step #6 below).
  4. selecting DOC as the format to save a File in Pages

  5. The Export Your Document window will open. When you select Microsoft Word as the format to save your Pages document, the default file format it will save as is .docx. If you’d prefer to use .doc, click the Advanced Options link and choose .doc from the Format: list. Click the Next… button when you’ve made your selection.
  6. the Export Your Document panel in Pages for macOS with Microsoft doc selected

  7. Give your document a name, choose the location to save it and then click the Export button.
  8. entering a name to save a doc

  9. If you check the folder where you opted to save the file you’ll find your newly created .docx (or .doc) file. That’s it!
  10. a Finder window with two files

  11. To save your Pages document as a .PDF select File from the Apple Menu, then Export As and last by not least PDF…
  12. selecting PDF as the format to save a File in Pages

  13. If your document has images in it you’ll need to decide what quality you want those images to export as for the PDF. My suggestion is to leave the default of Best in place, and if the resulting PDF file is too large in size, come back and try saving the document with the Image Quality set to Good. Click the Next… button when you’re ready.
  14. the Export Your Document panel in Pages for macOS with PDF selected

  15. Choose a name and location to save your file, then click the Export button.
  16. entering a name to save a pdf

  17. If you open the folder where you saved the .PDF file you’ll find it there waiting for you! That’s it!
  18. a Finder window with two documents

If you ever find yourself needing to work on a document in Pages on your iPhone or iPad, we’ve got you covered with a step by step guide on how to import documents to Pages for iOS.


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