Mac Pages: Mastering Apple's Word Processing App
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Mac Pages: Mastering Apple's Word Processing App

Learn the ins and outs of how to use your Mac’s word processor.
4.8 (176 ratings)
Instead of using a simple lifetime average, Udemy calculates a course's star rating by considering a number of different factors such as the number of ratings, the age of ratings, and the likelihood of fraudulent ratings.
956 students enrolled
Created by Gary Rosenzweig
Last updated 4/2017
Current price: $40 Original price: $80 Discount: 50% off
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  • 4 hours on-demand video
  • 8 Supplemental Resources
  • Full lifetime access
  • Access on mobile and TV
  • Certificate of Completion
What Will I Learn?
  • Create documents in Pages.
  • Learn to style and format text.
  • Use copy, paste, find, replace, spell check and other writing tools.
  • Modify and create your own templates.
  • Use Pages as a simple page layout tool to make posters, flyers and other documents.
  • Use techniques like footnotes, table of contents, headers and footers.
  • Insert images, charts, tables, links and other elements.
  • Collaborate with others using comments and change tracking.
  • Export your finished document as a PDF, Word or in ePub format.
View Curriculum
  • Students should have a basic familiarity with using Mac OS X.

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.

Who is the target audience?
  • This course is for anyone who wants to learn to use Pages on their Mac, whether it is for work, school or personal projects.
Curriculum For This Course
67 Lectures
Getting Started
6 Lectures 20:19

Create a new Pages document by choosing a template. Then save the document before using it.

Preview 04:10

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.

Preview 04:57

As you work on your document you can access past versions of it to erase mistakes or recall lost text.

Using Document Versions

You can rename and move the current document from within Pages without using the Finder.

Renaming and Moving Documents

Pages has a useful full screen mode that can be used to concentrate on your work without the distractions of other apps and windows.

Full Screen Mode
Working With Text
6 Lectures 19:18

Learn how to select text with the mouse cursor and the keyboard.

Selecting Text

Practice how to manipulate text in your documents.

Cut, Copy and Paste

Find out the quickest way to input special characters like accent marks, symbols and emoji.

Typing Special Characters

Learn how to change the font face, size, style and other attributes.

Preview 03:52

Modify existing and create new paragraph styles so you can use consistent-looking text throughout your document.

Preview 03:54

Modify and create character styles to set text properties on characters, words and short selections throughout your document.

Preview 01:58
Document Formatting
6 Lectures 17:14

Learn how to set line spacing and paragraph indents.

Preview 02:44

Find out how to change the page size and adjust its margins.

Document Size and Margins

Use page and section breaks to force text on to new pages and break up larger documents.

Page and Section Breaks

Use the left sidebar to view your document and jump to pages within it.

Using Page Thumbnails

Learn how to set your document to show multiple columns of text.

Multiple Columns

Discover the settings to let you keep the lines of a paragraph together rather than breaking them across pages.

Eliminating Orphaned Lines
Adding Page Elements
5 Lectures 20:53

In addition to the body text of a document, you can add boxes with more text as callouts, sidebars or page layout elements.

Adding Text Boxes

You can import images from the Photos app or a file and wrap text around them.

Adding Images

Pages lets you include shapes such as rectangles, circles, bubbles and others. You can put text or images inside of shapes.

Adding Shapes

You can also include lines, curves and arrows in your documents.

Using Lines and Arrows

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.

Masking Images
Creating Page Layout Documents
5 Lectures 22:30

Learn the basics of switching from word processing to page layout and how to add elements to your layout.

Creating Page Layout Documents

Follow along with this simple example to create a basic page layout document.

Page Layout Example

Use the tools in Pages to make it easy to align object to the page and each other.

Snapping and Alignment

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.

Alignment, Arrangement and Grouping

If you need to create flowcharts or organizational charts, you can use connection lines and shapes to build them.

Using Connection Lines
Lists, Tables and Charts
8 Lectures 32:22

Learn how to make simple bullet lists and complex numbered and texted lists.

Creating Bullet Lists

Tables can be used to represent data in your documents.

Creating Tables

Since Tables in Pages use the same basic components as tables in Numbers, you can also insert formulas and perform calculations.

Table Formulas

Tables can also be used to store images or have images as cell backgrounds.

Tables With Images

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.

Chart Basics

Take a deeper look at some of the other ways to use charts.

More Chart Techniques

Pie charts are a good way to represent a simple set of data.

Pie Charts

Use interactive charts to represent complex layers of data in a simpler way.

Interactive Charts
Enhancing Your Documents
7 Lectures 21:02

You can attach hyperlinks to text in your Pages documents. They can link to a webpage or open an email composition window.

Inserting Links

An easier way to add links in Pages it to simply type URLs. Then you can modify those links.

Smart Links

You can add videos to your Pages documents, but the reader will need to be using Pages in order to view the video.

Adding 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.

Adding 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.

Adding a Table of Contents

You can include footnotes or endnotes in your Pages documents. These will move and update automatically as you add more text.

Adding Footnotes

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.

Headers and Footers
Templates, Collaboration and Exporting
8 Lectures 29:04

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.

Modifying Templates

You can also create a template by starting with a blank document and building from there.

New Templates From Scratch

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.

Collaboration with Highlights and Comments

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.

Collaboration with Change Tracking

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.

Printing Your Document

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.

Exporting as a PDF

You can also export as an ePub file. These work great on eBook readers, but do not preserve all of the formatting.

Exporting as ePub

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.

Exporting as Word and Pages 09
Writing Tools
5 Lectures 15:08

You can add and remove buttons from the Pages toolbar. Populate it with buttons that perform tasks you commonly need.

Customizing the Toolbar

You can search your Pages document for text. You can also find and replace all matches, making some editing changes easier.

Find and Replace

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.

Spell Check and 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.

Invisibles and Other Information

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.

Using Dictation to Write
Miscellaneous Topics
9 Lectures 35:29

Pages lets you use Tabs as a way to make simple tables.

Using Tab Stops

You can place graphics and other items on the background of your pages and they will persist across each page of your document.

Section Masters

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.

Reduce File Size

You can set a password for your document. This encrypts the document so that others cannot open it without the password.

Password Protecting Your Documents

Understanding the difference between pages, sections and the whole document is important when using features like page numbers, table of contents and section masters.

More On Sections

The Help menu in Pages can be used to quickly find deep menu commands as well as access documentation.

The Help Menu

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.

iCloud Pages

A simple example of a school report using a title, image, line and pull-quote box.

Example: School Report

A simple example of a single-page poster using a horizontal layout with images and text.

Example: Landscape Poster
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About the Instructor
Gary Rosenzweig
4.5 Average rating
1,519 Reviews
10,319 Students
8 Courses
Producer and Host at MacMost, Author, Developer

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,, 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.