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 colour of text
- Add a shadow or outline to text
- Change text capitalisation
- 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 colour 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
Add watermarks and background objects in Pages on Mac
You can add text, watermarks, logos or other images that appear in the same place in the background of every page of your document. These repeated elements are called section layout objects. The more transparent you make the object, the more it fades into the background behind the document content.
If your document is divided into sections, you can add different section layout objects to each section.
Add a watermark (section layout object)
Click one of the object buttons in the toolbar to add a text box, shape or image to any page in the section, then drag it to where you want it to appear on each page.
If you add a text box, type the text you want to appear.
In the Format sidebar, click the Style tab.
To adjust the transparency (opacity), drag the Opacity slider to make the object more or less transparent.
Adjust the size and position of the object on the page.
Choose Arrange > Section Layouts > Move Object to Section Layout (from the Arrange menu at the top of your screen).
The object is moved to the background of every page in the section.
Section layout objects are locked (made unselectable) by default.
Edit or delete a section layout object
To edit or delete a section layout object, first make it selectable.
Choose Arrange > Section Layouts > Make Layout Objects Selectable (from the Arrange menu at the top of your screen).
Select the section layout object, then do one of the following:
Remove the object completely: Press Delete.
Lock section layout objects after editing: Deselect Make Layout Objects Selectable so section layout objects can’t be moved or deleted by accident.
Keep the object but remove it as a section layout object: Choose Arrange > Section Layouts > Move Object to Page.