What compatibility is there between these apps?
One of the most common fears or doubts of users who begin within the Mac world is the compatibility of file types with which they have always been working with their new computer. Specifically, one of the most common is the doubt about whether documents in word format will be able to be used and opened on Mac, and obviously, if files or documents in Word format can be perfectly used on an Apple computer, in addition , in two different ways.
First, you can make use of Microsoft software compatible with Mac. In the same way that you have been using your Word application to create and edit your text files, you can continue using it on Mac since its developers also have their applications for Apple’s operating system. However, not all users have a license available to use Microsoft’s work suite, something that, on the contrary, is offered by Apple to all its users. In other words, all users who have a device from the Cupertino company have the entire Apple work suite at their disposal.
Here comes into play the second way you have of work with Word-type documents without having it installed on your Mac. Within the Apple work suite you have Pages, which we can say is the counterpart to Microsoft Word but in apple operating systems. In contrast to .pages files that cannot be opened by Microsoft Word, word documents can be opened through the Pages application. You can even work with them, but beware, this does not stop here; With Pages you can not only open Word documents and work with them, but when you finish editing your text document, you can also save it on your Mac in Word format.
Open Word documents as Pages
Apple has wanted to give all the facilities to users so that they are able to work with the different text file formats without any problem, something that is undoubtedly appreciated by all users who daily use a company computer from Cupertino. In addition to providing all the tools for free, it gives its users the peace of mind of not having to worry about the input format, if not just the output format, but we will talk about that later. In this section you will be able to check up to three different shapes to open documents from the Microsoft app in the Apple app, since no need to change the format in no case.
If you don’t have the Microsoft app installed
This method of opening documents is the simplest of all and it doesn’t really differ too much from the traditional way of opening all types of files. If you do not have the Microsoft Word application installed on your computer, the Mac will detect that the file can be opened with Pages even if its origin is not that of having been created through this program. The steps to follow are very intuitive:
- Open Pages.
- Search for the document you want to open through the search engine that appears on the screen.
- Select that document.
- Now click on “Open”.
The other option you have in these cases is directly make double cilic on the file and let Pages open it by default, since as we said before, macOS gives Pages as the default program to open these types of files even if they come from Word.
What to do if you have Word installed
If you already have the Microsoft application installed on your Mac, when you double-click on any file whose origin is Word, it will open precisely in this program. For this reason, it is convenient that if you want to open it in Pages, you strictly follow these steps:
- Locate the Word file you want to open.
- Secondary click on it.
- Click on «Open with».
- Select Pages.
With these simple steps you can open your Word document in Pages without any complications. Once the file has been opened, depending on whether there is any type of incompatibility with the font or fonts used, you will be informed of it so that you are aware of everything.
And to do the process in reverse?
As we mentioned before, macOS not only offers the possibility of being able to work with files in Word format without having to have the Microsoft application installed, but with Pages it also allows you to export your text documents to the Microsoft format. Apple is aware that, at least for now, this other format is the most used in the world and both in the professional, student and even personal fields. Therefore, to carry out this inverse process of transfer a document from Pages to Word just follow these steps:
- Finish editing your document.
- Click on “File.”
- Click on «Export to».
- Select Word.
Once you have done this you will be able to use that Word document however you want. It can be reopened in Pages format by following the steps discussed in previous sections, although without losing the new format used. The most interesting thing about this is that it can be opened and edited in computers WindowsThis is very interesting if it is a group work document and you are one of those who prefers Pages and yet your colleagues are more willing to work in the Microsoft ecosystem.