How to Convert a Mac Document to Word

By Marshal M. Rosenthal

The Pages word processing program is the default word processor for the Macintosh. However, the word processing documents it makes are not compatible with Microsoft Word, which is the word processor that the majority of people use. Converting a Mac Pages document to Microsoft Word allows for a greater compatibility and can be done from within the Pages program. The Word document that is converted from the Mac Pages document will be no different than if it had been created in Microsoft Word, and the original Pages document will not be altered in any way.

Things You'll Need

  • Macintosh computer
  • Pages word processing program

Step 1

Run the Pages word processing program on the Mac. Go to "File" and select "Open File" from the drop down menu.

Step 2

Navigate in the window that appears to the Pages document that you want to convert to a Word document. Highlight the Pages document with the mouse. Click on the "Open" button at the bottom of the window to close the window and load the Pages document into the Pages word processing program. Press "Command+A" to select all of the text in the Pages document.

Step 3

Click on the "Fonts" icon at the right of the Pages document. Select "All Fonts", "Ariel" from the "Family" menu, "Regular" from the "Typeface" menu and "14" from the "Size" menu. This will change the text of the Pages document to a font that is also used on PCs.

Step 4

Go to "File" and select "Export" from the drop down menu. Click on the "Word" icon at the top of the window that appears. Click the "Next" button to go to a new window.

Step 5

Name the Word document you are going to make in the open column at the top of the window. Uncheck the "Hide extension" box at the lower left corner of the window so that you will see the ".doc" extension attached to the name you have entered.

Step 6

Click the "Export" button at the lower right corner of the window to save the Word document you have converted from the Mac Pages document.

Tips & Warnings

  • Make sure to adjust the setting of your Mac email program for properly transmitting a Word document if you are going to send it to a PC user.
  • Versions of Microsoft Word predating 2003 might not be able to read the converted Word document.