One of the core tasks that office software is designed to make easier is word processing. On the computer, a lot revolves around text and its design: writing letters, designing forms, making lists, designing flyers, publishing memos and the like. Anyone who uses Microsoft Office is probably already familiar with Word. But Apple also has an extensively usable app for word processing, Pages. Pages can be used free of charge for Mac, iPad and iPhone as well as via web browser in iCloud. The app is pre-installed on most devices, but can also be downloaded for free from the App Store. You can find more information about this here.
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Pages - Word processor from Apple
Using a word processing app such as Microsoft Office or Apple Pages, a wide variety of documents can be created, output in different file formats and printed. In addition to the pure text, which can be formatted in different fonts, sizes and colors, images, tables, diagrams and other elements can also be included. You can design everything from scratch or use one of the many templates in the program. These are available in Pages for macOS, iPadOS and iOS as well as in iCloud. It is also possible to exchange individual documents and continue working on another device.
In addition to working individually on the device available in each case, there are other ways of editing individual Pages documents from different locations. This is possible if the Pages file is stored in iCloud and the "Collaborate" button is clicked. Contacts can then be selected via this in order to grant them access to the created file. Whether it's a temporary home office or collaboration in different places around the world: with this feature, different people can work on a document at the same time and thus make the completion of the Pages project more efficient. And also practical: if you work with Pages on the iPad, you can even use the Apple Pencil.
Pages features on Mac, iPhone and iPad
- Create and format text (font, size, color, alignment, paragraphs, etc.) so that it suits your intended use
- Insert your own pictures and graphics as well as over 700 pre-installed shapes
- Insertion of audio, video and web videos for digital, multimedia use
- Insert tables and charts and import from Numbers– or Excel content
- Description for accessibility features, that is, alt text for images, movies, audio, and more
- Create your own templates for frequent use at home, in the office or in business
- Reading and presentation mode for distraction-free reading and zooming (on mobile devices)
- Add headers, footers, footnotes, page numbers and more
- Export Pages file as Word file, PDF, EPUB and others
- Export the Pages project as a book and share the book through Apple Books
- And many more, for example to be found on the official website for the app
Pages document compatibility with Microsoft Word
Apple's iWork programs are mostly compatible with Microsoft's counterparts. So can presentations from Apple Keynote can also be used in Microsoft PowerPoint and tables from Apple Numbers can be used with Microsoft Excel. The same applies to Apple Pages and Microsoft Word. As already mentioned in the function overview, documents from the free Apple app can also be saved in Word format. In addition, files from the Microsoft program can be easily imported, edited and output again in Pages. So you don't have to limit yourself to one software or one file format when working with others. Details on the compatibility of individual functions Is there ... here.
Pages App - Download and Apple Manuals
Pages files can be used not only on an Apple device, but with the Mac, iMac and Mac Mini (computer), MacBook (laptop), iPad (tablet) and iPhone (smartphone) on a wide variety of devices. Pages can be used from other devices via the web browser in the iCloud – i.e. also via the Windows PC. A file can also be started on one of these devices and then later processed further on another. Here you can find download and information sources for Apple Pages:
- Apple Mac with macOS – Download / Handbook
- Apple iPhone with iOS – Download / Handbook
- Apple iPad with iPadOS – Download / Handbook
- Via the iCloud website – Login / Handbook
Your opinion on Pages word processing from Apple
I use Pages almost every day, among other things to write posts for the Sir Apfelot Blog. In the app I can easily write down texts, create lists, insert links and already do many other things in advance. Then all I have to do is copy and paste the whole thing into WordPress. I only add the pictures of posts separately. Do you use Pages? And if so, to what extent? Or are you more of a fan of Word? Feel free to leave a comment with your experiences and your opinion!
After graduating from high school, Johannes completed an apprenticeship as a business assistant specializing in foreign languages. But then he decided to research and write, which resulted in his independence. For several years he has been working for Sir Apfelot, among others. His articles include product introductions, news, manuals, video games, consoles, and more. He follows Apple keynotes live via stream.