Macworld Masterclass: Explore document types in Pages

Macworld Masterclass: Explore document types in Pages

Whether you need to update a CV or type up a report, there’s a template for you

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  • Intro 1
  • Step 1: Create It 2
  • Step 2: Document type 3
  • Step 3: Take your pick 4
  • Step 4: Document setup 5
  • Step 5: Fine-tuning 6
  • Step 6: Ready to go 7
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Step 1 of 7: Intro

Pages might be thought of as word processing software, but it also offers a whole range of document types that can be quickly and easily created from within the interface. This fun and functional software can be mastered in no time, and provides a wide range of templates for you to choose from, including project proposals, posters and party invites.

You can also create something using a blank canvas, though it’s good to know that Pages can help if you’re looking to produce extravagant posters or off-the-wall designs that don’t fall into any particular category. 

Alongside being able to produce different document types, it’s also easy to export finished designs too, in three popular formats. By default, Apple lets you save core files in the native Pages format, but you can also export your work as a Word file or PDF.

Vital Info

Device: iPad/iPhone/iPod touch
Difficulty: Beginner
Time required: 5 mins

What you need: 

iOS 5.1 or later

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Step 2 of 7: Step 1: Create It

When Pages launches, users are taken to the main document area – this is where all your files are located. To get started, simply tap the + button in the top-left corner and then Create Document. You can also copy documents from other locations inside here, from iTunes, iDisk or WebDAV.

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Step 3 of 7: Step 2: Document type

If you want to use your own skills to produce a design, simply choose a blank template. You can, however, also customise any of Pages’ designs so they look completely original. To rename the document, hold your fingertip on the filename and then type in something new.

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Step 4 of 7: Step 3: Take your pick

The great thing about using a template document, such as this flyer, is that you have all the building blocks in place. Text, images and any other content on the page can be altered to reflect your own requirements, without losing the stylish flourishes of the original.

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Step 5 of 7: Step 4: Document setup

When choosing a template, you’ll want to check its dimensions are correct for your requirements. Tap the Tools button in the top right-hand corner and select Document Setup, which will open the file. Note that it stays in portrait mode even in you’re working in landscape.

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Step 6 of 7: Step 5: Fine-tuning

Alongside basic document sizes, it’s also possible to switch practical tools such as guides both on and off. Head to the Settings menu under Tools and choose the type of guides you want. It’s also possible to select spell checking and word count options inside the same list. 

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Step 7 of 7: Step 6: Ready to go

Document types also come into play when you’ve finished. Files can be exported as native Pages files, but more usefully if you are sharing them with others, it’s also possible to export as both Word and/or PDF files. This allows easy cross?platform compatibility.

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