I've tried to save a pages document as a *.docx for Microsoft Office.

Pages is able to open, edit and (auto-)save existing *.docx documents. However, there is no option to export or save a duplicate as *.docx?

  • Is this a missing compability feature and are there plug-ins for pages to add that functionality?
  • I have the same problem, but the answers here seems to be slightly outdated. A reference of the version of the OS to which this question was related would be nice.
    – dan
    Aug 29, 2014 at 14:03
  • For example, with Lion TextEdit isn't able to save under .docx.
    – dan
    Aug 29, 2014 at 14:04

2 Answers 2


This does seem to be a missing feature. As I see it, you have two options:

  1. Export as *.doc using File -> Export. While not ideal, I imagine almost everything that supports *.docx also supports *.doc.

  2. TextEdit is able to save as *.docx. Of course this is only really an option if your formatting is simple.

  • It's really strange that Apple would support .docx in TextEdit but not in Pages. This is especially strange because Office'08 already supported that format, while Pages came out one year later.
    – gentmatt
    Mar 17, 2012 at 19:06
  • Actually, TextEdit will be fine for most cases as it supports rich formatting! :)
    – gentmatt
    Mar 17, 2012 at 19:09
  • This answer needs some update. For example, with Lion TextEdit isn't able to save under .docx format.
    – dan
    Aug 31, 2014 at 10:25
  1. Open the file you want to export in Pages.

  2. Select all; Copy

  3. Create a new, empty file in TextEdit and save it with the name you want as a .docx file.

  4. Open the file in Pages

  5. Paste your content into the .docx file

  6. Save the .docx file

(Or create an automator workflow to do all this, if you find yourself doing it often)

  • Is it possible to trigger such an automator workflow from within of pages? That would be awesome!
    – gentmatt
    Mar 17, 2012 at 21:55
  • OK, let me try to work that out. I suspect the answer is yes.
    – Daniel
    Mar 18, 2012 at 3:36
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    Both TextEdit and Pages have less than ideal scripting dictionaries. Sadly, this will take some doing. I suspect it can be automated, but it won't happen tonight.
    – Daniel
    Mar 18, 2012 at 5:06
  • I will make sure to attach a bounty if you get it to work in order to honor your efforts :)
    – gentmatt
    Mar 18, 2012 at 6:31
  • Just for reference, the scripting project is going badly.I'm not writing it off yet, but without a breakthrough, this isn't going to work. Also, I have Pages '08 on my machine, which can import docx but can't save them, so I can't test this without spending money to upgrade...
    – Daniel
    Mar 18, 2012 at 20:08

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