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Pages is a word processing program than is available on Apple products. If you’ve used Pages to create a document, it isn’t enough to save it on a memory stick or e-mail it as is to get it to successfully print on a Kirkwood computer (or any PC computer). If you try it that way, the latest version of Pages will merely show up as a folder with programming information and no text, but there is a solution, at least for newer versions of Pages.

1. Click on File (there may be some variation in this depending on what version of Pages you are using, but normally Export is under File)

2. Click on Export as or in some versions Export to.

3. Select as a Word document.

4. Save the Word document either to your memory stick or wherever you want on your computer to attach it to an e-mail. (In some cases I’ve had to save it to the desktop and then move it to the memory stick.)

5. Log in to Kirkwood computer, open document from memory stick or download from your e-mail. If you are still having issues, ask at the Reference Desk.

6. There are 2 Mac computers in the Nielsen Hall Allsop Computer Lab. If you are having issues elsewhere, you should be able to open and print any Pages documents there.

NOTE: Do NOT export as a PDF! While normally a PDF is the safest way to make sure a document can open on any computer, something is strange about Pages created PDFs and they usually won’t open on PCs.

Sarah Uthoff is a reference library at Kirkwood Community College. LIKE the Kirkwood Community College Library on Facebook and find links to Sarah all over the web at her About Me Profile.