Pages User Guide for Mac
- What’s new in Pages 13.2
- 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 3D objects
- 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
Layer, group, and lock objects in Pages on Mac
You can work with and arrange the objects on a page in a number of ways:
Layer (or stack) objects to create the appearance of depth
Group objects to more easily move, resize, or rotate them as a single unit
Lock objects to avoid inadvertently moving, modifying, or deleting them
If you want to layer objects behind body text, you need to add a background object to the page, then position it behind the text.
Drag an object so it overlaps with one or more other objects.
In the Format sidebar, click the Arrange tab.
With the object selected, do one of the following:
Move an object one increment at a time: Click Forward or Backward.
Move an object to the very front or back of the stack: Click Front or Back.
You can select multiple objects to layer them all at once.
Tip: You can open the Arrange controls in a separate window that you can move anywhere. Choose View > Show Arrange Tools (from the View menu at the top of your screen, not from the View menu in the toolbar). You can also add buttons to the toolbar for Forward, Backward, Front, and Back.
Group or ungroup objects
Lock or unlock objects
When an object is locked, you can’t move, delete, or modify it in any way until you unlock it.
Click an object to select it or select multiple objects.
Do either of the following:
Lock: Choose Arrange > Lock (from the Arrange menu at the top of your screen).
Unlock: Choose Arrange > Unlock.
Alternatively, select one or more objects. In the Format sidebar, click the Arrange tab, then click Lock or Unlock (near the bottom of the sidebar).
Tip: You can add buttons to the toolbar for locking and unlocking objects.
If you can’t select an object, it may be a section layout object placed on the page background. To edit it, you first need to make it selectable (choose Arrange > Section Layouts > Make Layout Objects Selectable).