We’ve noticed an increase in the number of our students who use Apple’s Pages, an alternative to Microsoft Word, as their primary word processing program. Though Pages is a great program, its default file type is incompatible with Canvas’ document previewer and SpeedGrader tools. [Point of clarification for students: instructors use SpeedGrader to grade assignments you submit through Canvas.] This post will guide users through the steps needed to easily convert a Pages file into a PDF or Microsoft Word document. Instructors, please feel free to use this post as a reference for your students who submit “.pages” assignments.
After you’ve completed your word processing document, make sure you save the file with the “.pages” extension as a back-up. You then have two optional pathways to export your file so it can be easily accessed by Canvas.
Option A: does not involve keyboard shortcuts
- Navigate to “File”
- Select “Export to”
- Choose the desired file type (either PDF or Word)
- To specify the Word document file type (i.e., “.doc” or “.docx”), you’ll need to navigate to “Advanced Options”
Option B: involves establishing keyboard shortcuts
- Navigate to “System Preferences”
- Select “Keyboard” from the second row
- Make sure you are in the “Shortcuts” (horizontal) menu and select “App Shortcuts” from the left-hand side of the window
- Click the “plus” symbol to add a shortcut
- Select “Pages” from the application drop down menu
- To create a Word shortcut enter “Word…” in the “Menu title” field. Create your custom keyboard shortcut in the “Keyboard Shortcut” field. For example, a shortcut for a Word document could be Control+W. Click the “Add” button.
- To create a PDF shortcut enter “PDF…” in the “Menu title” field. Create your custom keyboard shortcut in the “Keyboard Shortcut” field. For example, a PDF shortcut could be Control+P. Click the “Add” button.
- Navigate back to your Pages document. When you are finished with the document and are ready to save, enter your keyboard shortcut and the export menu, specific to your shortcut, will automatically appear.