How to create a document in Pages on the iPad

How to create a document in Pages on the iPad

Pages can be used to revolutionise the way you design and format documents

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  • Intro 1
  • Step 1: Think inside the box 2
  • Step 2: Inserting content 3
  • Step 3: A splash of colour 4
  • Step 4: Chart attack 5
  • Step 5: Editing content 6
  • Step 6: Make some space 7
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Step 1 of 7: Intro

One of the best things about calling on Pages for your document creation needs is its unparalleled capacity for pulling all sorts of content together to produce great-looking files. The software is also firmly aimed at the mobile platform, so your work area is optimised to allow high-powered productivity while also enabling eye-catching designs and layouts to be put together with nothing more than a few simple screen taps. Select one of 16 template designs to get started or, if you’re feeling confident, try working with a completely blank document.

Once you’ve discovered the basic page layout tools that enable shapes, charts, images and text to be drag-and-dropped on to the work area, it’s easy to start pushing Pages to new lengths, thanks to some powerful content manipulation tools found inside the interface. With a few taps of the screen, it’s a breeze to pull together component parts such as text and shapes, and then use precise fingertip control to tweak and fine-tune the look and feel of your page design. By calling on drag, pinch and other finger controls it’s also easy to get the best from your content within the Pages workspace, while the auto-save functionality means your work is safe with every move you make.


Adding lots of page elements might seem a bit daunting, but Pages allows you to easily manage the content by sending objects to the back of the document. This means you can prioritise which elements are stacked on top of each other, such as the text inside a coloured shape shown in our illustration.

Vital Info

Device: iPhone/iPad
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 1 hour

What you need: 

Pages (£6.99,
iOS 5.1 or later

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Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Think inside the box

Formatting text is easy, but neat text boxes inside a graphic make more of a statement. You can pull content elements together using the tools in the top right-hand corner. Here we’ve selected a box style, although things like the main colour can be customised to suit your design.

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Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Inserting content

A text box can then be laid over the top, with the body text pasted in from an external source or typed on to the page. This can then be formatted for size, colour and other style points. Tap both elements at the same time and they group together for easier movement on the page.

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Step 4 of 7: Step 3: A splash of colour

Now we’ll import our image from the Camera Roll, which can be dragged into position. Tap the graphic and then pick a style from the pre-formatted options, such as this one with a drop-shadow. Use the Arrange tap on the top right to place these elements exactly where you want them.

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Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Chart attack

Some layouts might need to call upon the powerful tools found in Pages, such as the charts options that come in both 2D and 3D themes. Simply pull one on to the page that fits your design and then drag it around to fit, pulling the corners in or out to resize it wherever needed. 

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Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Editing content

You can also run your other page elements around these charts too, as well as tapping on them to edit the data contained inside. This lets you access a keyboard and database style setup that enables any kind of data, facts or figures to be inserted. When you’re finished, click Done.

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Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Make some space

Remember that if you start running into problems with available space, then a quick visit to the Tools menu will allow you to increase your working area using the Document Setup option. Keep dimensions in mind if you want to produce a document that can also be printed out, though.

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