How to get an image or photo out of an Apple Pages document



I was recently given a Pages document to print for someone but the picture was too dark. In this article I described how to get a photo out of keynote, so I thought I’d give it a go with Pages – it worked!  I was able to extract the Photo as full resolution, edit it in Photos App, then put it back in the Pages document to print. Here’s how.

1. The first thing to try is to right click (or option click) on the Pages file and see if you get an option that says ‘Show Package Contents.’ If it’s there, select ‘Show Package Contents’ and it will open a folder with all the images in it. Don’t remove them from the folder or it will break the file. But you can copy them out (option click and drag) and then use them how you want.

Show Package

If your file is from an older version of Pages you can just select ‘Show Package Contents’ to see the original photos in your Pages document.

2. If that doesn’t work, there’s a work-around for newer versions of Pages. Right click on the Pages file and select ‘duplicate’. This is so that you are working on a copy and won’t hurt the original file.

Duplicate the keynote file
Duplicate the Pages file

3. Click on the filename of the new file and replace the ‘.pages’ with ‘.zip’. In my example I’m changing it from ‘book.pages’ to ‘’.

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4. It will prompt you to make sure, click ‘’.

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5. Now double click on the .zip file and it will create a folder.

6. Open the folder and inside the folder will be all the pictures from your Pages file in full resolution. You can copy them, move them, whatever you want!



6 responses to “How to get an image or photo out of an Apple Pages document”

  1. Boyto

    This trick works with Microsoft Office documents too (at least the .docx and other 2007 files).

  2. Excellent! I used this to pull images out of a .docx on a Mac. Worked like a charm! Thanks!

  3. Paul

    I just had that problem right now as well and i solved it in a pretty easy and fast way: Just copy the picture from the pages document and paste it into imessage (just create a new message) and you will see it there as a smaller picture. Now just grab it and put it on your desk and its saved as .jpg in high resolution.

  4. Brilliant! This worked for a .docx file, I saved it as a pages file and used the zip file method.

    Thank you!!!

  5. Very Good Answer Buddy, Your Help saves my Hours and Thats why i love smart work :)

  6. Sean

    You have just saved me hours of tedious editing which I have been putting off for weeks! Proof, if ever it were needed, that not all heroes wear capes. Thank you.

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