Pages User Guide for Mac
- Intro to Pages
- Word-processing or page layout?
- Intro to images, charts, and other objects
- Find a document
- Open or close a document
- Save and name a document
- Print a document or envelope
- Select text and place the insertion point
- Add and replace text
- Copy and paste text
- Use dictation to enter text
- Accents and special characters
- Add the date and time
- Add mathematical equations
- Bookmarks and links
- Add links
- Change the font or font size
- Set a default font
- Bold, italic, underline, and strikethrough
- Change the color of text
- Add a shadow or outline to text
- Change text capitalization
- Copy and paste text styles
- Add a highlight effect to text
- Format hyphens, dashes, and quotation marks
- Set paper size and orientation
- Set document margins
- Set up facing pages
- Page templates
- Add page numbers
- Change the page background
- Add a border around a page
- Add watermarks and background objects
- Create a custom template
- Add lines and arrows
- Animate, share, or save drawings
- Set movie and image formats
- Change the transparency of an object
- Fill shapes and text boxes with color or an image
- Add a border to an object
- Add a caption or title
- Add a reflection or shadow
- Use object styles
- Resize, rotate, and flip objects
- Add or delete a table
- Select tables, cells, rows, and columns
- Merge or unmerge table cells
- Resize, move, or lock a table
- Use iCloud Drive with Pages
- Export to Word, PDF, or another file format
- Open an iBooks Author book in Pages
- Reduce the document file size
- Save a large document as a package file
- Restore an earlier version of a document
- Move a document
- Delete a document
- Lock a document
- Password-protect a document
- Create and manage custom templates
Format columns of text in Pages on Mac
You can format a document into two or more columns in which text and graphics flow automatically from one column to the next. You can change the number of columns for only a few paragraphs of your document, for a whole section, and for text in a text box or shape.
Format columns of text
Do one of the following:
For the whole document: Click in any text in the document.
If the document has multiple sections, this only applies to the section you click in.
For specific paragraphs: Select the paragraphs you want to change.
For text in a text box or shape: Select the object.
In the Format sidebar, click the Layout button near the top.
If the text is in a text box, table, or shape, first click the Text tab at the top of the sidebar, then click the Layout button.
Use the controls in the Columns section to set the number of columns and their spacing:
Set the number of columns: Click the arrows next to the Columns value field.
Set column spacing: Double-click the values in the Column and Gutter columns, then type the width for the column.
Set different column widths: Deselect the checkbox next to “Equal column width.”
If you added a table to your document and want to edit the columns, see Add or remove table rows and columns.
Force text to the top of the next column
Click where you want the previous column to end.
Click in the toolbar, then choose Column Break.
When you insert a column break, Pages inserts a formatting character called an invisible. You can turn on invisibles in the document to see where special formatting is applied.
Note: If you don’t want the content in columns to flow from one column to the next, add a table with the number of columns you want to your document instead. That way, you can enter text across the page in individual table cells.