Mac Pages is a complete course with more than 60 lessons that show you all of the features in the Pages app. It includes three and a half hours of video tutorials.
The course looks at each feature individually and shows you how and why you may want to use that feature. You’ll learn about fonts, styles, formatting, special characters, headers, footers, footnotes, table of contents and more. You’ll discover how you can add graphic elements like shapes, images, links, tables, charts, text boxes and videos. There are also tutorials on exporting, collaboration and editing, templates and much more.
Whether you need to use Pages for work, school, or to write the next great novel, this course can get you up to speed fast. It does not assume that you have prior experience with other word processor software. However, if you have used something like Microsoft Word in the past, you can also use this course to quickly learn the ins-and-outs of Pages.
Create a new Pages document by choosing a template. Then save the document before using it.
The document window contains your document plus a host of useful toolbars, sidebars and other tools you will need to use to work with your document.
As you work on your document you can access past versions of it to erase mistakes or recall lost text.
You can rename and move the current document from within Pages without using the Finder.
Pages has a useful full screen mode that can be used to concentrate on your work without the distractions of other apps and windows.
Learn how to select text with the mouse cursor and the keyboard.
Practice how to manipulate text in your documents.
Find out the quickest way to input special characters like accent marks, symbols and emoji.
Learn how to change the font face, size, style and other attributes.
Modify existing and create new paragraph styles so you can use consistent-looking text throughout your document.
Find out how to change the page size and adjust its margins.
Use page and section breaks to force text on to new pages and break up larger documents.
Use the left sidebar to view your document and jump to pages within it.
Learn how to set your document to show multiple columns of text.
Discover the settings to let you keep the lines of a paragraph together rather than breaking them across pages.
In addition to the body text of a document, you can add boxes with more text as callouts, sidebars or page layout elements.
You can import images from the Photos app or a file and wrap text around them.
Pages lets you include shapes such as rectangles, circles, bubbles and others. You can put text or images inside of shapes.
You can also include lines, curves and arrows in your documents.
If images you want to use in a document are not rectangular, you can use masking and instant alpha to wrap text around unique-shaped graphics.
Learn the basics of switching from word processing to page layout and how to add elements to your layout.
Follow along with this simple example to create a basic page layout document.
Use the tools in Pages to make it easy to align object to the page and each other.
Other tools help you align and distribute multiple objects on the page. You can also move elements above or below each other and group them together so they move as one.
If you need to create flowcharts or organizational charts, you can use connection lines and shapes to build them.
Learn how to make simple bullet lists and complex numbered and texted lists.
Tables can be used to represent data in your documents.
Since Tables in Pages use the same basic components as tables in Numbers, you can also insert formulas and perform calculations.
Tables can also be used to store images or have images as cell backgrounds.
You can also represent data in Pages using charts. They work the same way as they do in Numbers, but data is independent of tables.
Take a deeper look at some of the other ways to use charts.
Pie charts are a good way to represent a simple set of data.
Use interactive charts to represent complex layers of data in a simpler way.
You can attach hyperlinks to text in your Pages documents. They can link to a webpage or open an email composition window.
An easier way to add links in Pages it to simply type URLs. Then you can modify those links.
You can add videos to your Pages documents, but the reader will need to be using Pages in order to view the video.
You can also add audio, either music or narration to documents. The reader will need to open the document in Pages to play the audio.
A powerful table of contents features allows you to automatically build and update a table of contents based on the styles used in your document.
You can include footnotes or endnotes in your Pages documents. These will move and update automatically as you add more text.
It is easy to include text that will appear on each page of your document at the top or bottom. You can also include page numbers and page counts there.
One way to create your own temples is to modify the existing ones. You can do this by simply starting a new document with a template, modifying it, and then saving it as a template.
You can also create a template by starting with a blank document and building from there.
When someone adds highlights or comments to a document, they are tagged with their user name. You can ask for feedback from others using this tool.
You can also hand your work off to an editor who can make changes without destroying your original text. You can then accept or reject each change.
Printing is pretty straight-forward and depends largely on your printer’s capabilities. But there are some nice features in the Print function that allow you to preview before printing and put multiple pages on one sheet of paper.
You can export as a PDF file so others can read your document without needing to have Pages. PDFs can be viewed on almost any computing device.
You can also export as an ePub file. These work great on eBook readers, but do not preserve all of the formatting.
You can also export as Word to send your document to someone who prefers that app. If you need, you can also export to a format used by an older version of Pages.
You can add and remove buttons from the Pages toolbar. Populate it with buttons that perform tasks you commonly need.
You can search your Pages document for text. You can also find and replace all matches, making some editing changes easier.
You can have Pages underline words it doesn’t recognize, or automatically guess what the right word should be. You can also have it check your grammar.
Pages can show you the invisible characters, like spaces, returns and tabs. You can also see word counts and other information about your document.
OS X includes the ability to have your Mac translate your speech to text. You can use this in Pages if helps you write faster.
Pages lets you use Tabs as a way to make simple tables.
You can place graphics and other items on the background of your pages and they will persist across each page of your document.
If your document includes high resolution images you can have Pages compress those images to save on file size without hurting the image appearance in most cases.
You can set a password for your document. This encrypts the document so that others cannot open it without the password.
Understanding the difference between pages, sections and the whole document is important when using features like page numbers, table of contents and section masters.
The Help menu in Pages can be used to quickly find deep menu commands as well as access documentation.
You can use the iCloud web app version of Pages to edit your document in the browser on other computers, or collaborate with people who do not have Pages.
A simple example of a school report using a title, image, line and pull-quote box.
A simple example of a single-page poster using a horizontal layout with images and text.
Gary Rosenzweig is an Internet entrepreneur, software developer, and technology writer. He runs CleverMedia, Inc., which produces websites, computer games, apps, and podcasts.
CleverMedia’s largest site, MacMost.com, features more than 1,000 video tutorials for Apple enthusiasts. It includes many videos on using Macs, iPhones, and iPads. Gary has written more than 30 mass-market computer books, including the best-selling book My iPad, The MacMost Guide to Switching to the Mac, My Pages, ActionScript 3.0 Game Programming University, and Special Edition Using Director MX. He also has self-published titles such as 101 Mac Tips and The Practical Guide to Mac Security.
Gary has a computer science degree from Drexel University and a master’s degree in journalism from the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill.