How to Share Your Finished Mac Snow Leopard Pages Document - dummies

How to Share Your Finished Mac Snow Leopard Pages Document

By Mark L. Chambers

You don’t have to print your finished pages document to share it with others. Snow Leopard lets you distribute your Pages document electronically in a number of ways. All you need to share you Pages document is an Internet connection to get your document out to the world:

  • Sharing on Apple provides this Web site, where you can invite others to view and comment on your Pages document. Click the button on the Pages toolbar to get started, and the site will walk you through the rest of the process.

    Post your document on
    Post your document on

    You’ll need an Internet connection to use (naturally), as well as an Apple ID and a working Apple Mail account. If you didn’t create an Apple ID when buying your Mac or installing Snow Leopard, you can save the day by clicking the Create New Account button on the site..

  • Sharing through e-mail: Click Share→Send via Mail, and you can choose to add your Pages document to a Mail message in three different formats: as a native Pages document file as a Word format document; or as a PDF file. After you’ve selected a format, Pages obligingly launches Apple Mail for you automatically and creates a new message, ready for you to address and send!

    The Share menu offers several sharing options.
    The Share menu offers several sharing options.
  • Sharing through iWeb: Again, click the Share menu, but this time choose Send to iWeb. Pages automatically opens the iWeb site you last edited and provides your Pages document as a native Pages document file or as a PDF file. (If your visitors may be using PCs, choose the PDF option.)

  • Exporting: Don’t forget that Pages can export your work in one of four different formats: a PDF document; a Word format document; an RTF (Rich Text Format) file; or even plain text. Click Share→Export, pick your format, click Next, and then select the location where Pages should save the file. Click Export and sit back while your favorite desktop publishing application does all the work.

To keep your document as close to how it appears in Pages as possible, PDF or Word are you best choices. Your document will retain far more of your original formatting than an RTF or plain-text document would.