Working With Pages By Josh Blagden | JB - Mac Help | JBlagden

Working With Pages                                    By Josh Blagden

Pages is a great application (program) for creating documents. It's very easy to use and it can use Microsoft Office Documents as well as convert Pages documents into Microsoft Office documents, but we'll get into that a bit later. 

Pages has many templates that you can use to create documents. In this way, it has the functionality of Microsoft Word and Microsoft Publisher all in one application. 

It has templates like this:

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You can even create your own templates like this one which I made for my Composition class:

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Here’s a closer look:

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I created that outline because I had to fill out that Critical Reading Guide every week. Templates help with repetitive word processing tasks.

By the way, the toolbar is customizable: 

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Something which will occur is that headers repeat on every page. This is great when all you have there is your name on the left and then your last name and the page numbers on the right, but it can be troublesome if you need to have more information. You may need to include information such as the teacher's/professor's name, the course name and the due date. To accomodate this extra information without having it repeat on every page, you'll have to create a text box. I've circled the text box in red to make it easier to see:

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Another way to resolve this problem is to use Section breaks. To do this, follow the instrucitions on this snippet from a PDF from Apple which can be found at http://manuals.info.apple.com/MANUALS/0/MA524/en_US/Pages_UserGuide.pdf: 

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