Use VoiceOver to create a Pages document on iPad
You can create and edit Pages documents on your iPhone or iPad using VoiceOver, an advanced screen reader that lets you use your device without seeing the screen. Start with a predesigned template that includes place holder data, graphs and images, then add your own content. Each template uses coordinated fonts, text styles and colours for a unified look.
VoiceOver can also interpret data from graphs in your document by speaking axis descriptions, summarising the data and its trends, and playing a series of different pitches to represent the values in the graph from left to right.
Choose a template
You can choose a template from several categories, such as letters, reports and books. For example, to create a flyer to advertise a special event, you might choose Event Poster Small in the Flyers & Posters category. You choose a template in the template chooser.
When you first open Pages, the document manager opens. Swipe left or right (or use the left and right arrows on a keyboard) until you hear “Add button,” then double-tap to open the template chooser.
Open the VoiceOver rotor and use the Headings setting to navigate through the template categories such as Reports and Resumes.
Note: You might need to scroll to hear all the categories.
Swipe left or right until you hear the name of the template you want to use, then double-tap to select it.
Add your own text
Document templates include place holder text for titles, headers, body text and other text elements. You can replace any place holder text with your own in the canvas.
In Pages on iPad, open the VoiceOver rotor and use the Containers setting to navigate to the canvas.
To navigate through the content in the canvas, swipe left or right (or use the left or right arrows on a keyboard) until you hear the text you want to edit (for instance, Header or Body), then double-tap to select it.
If a text group has multiple lines, use the Lines setting in the VoiceOver rotor to navigate through the lines before you select text.
Type to add your own text.
Note: If you’re editing a header or footer, navigate to the toolbar, then double-tap the Done button to return to the canvas.
If you want to edit another text place holder, use the Lines setting in the VoiceOver rotor to navigate to it.
Use VoiceOver to interpret graph data
In iOS 15 or later, or iPadOS 15 or later, VoiceOver can provide useful information about graphs in your document, including axis information, the shape of the data, minimum values, maximum values and more. VoiceOver can also play a series of different pitches to represent the values in the graph from left to right.
Select the graph in your document you want to get more information about.
Swipe left or right to select any data point in the graph.
Open the VoiceOver rotor, then select the Audio Graph setting.
Swipe up or down to choose any of the following:
Describe graph: Lists the name of each axis and lists the number of series.
Chart details: Opens an accessible view of the graph that provides access to the audio graph, summaries, statistics and more.
Play audio graph: Plays a series of tones that represents values in the graph, from left to right, using different pitches. The higher the value, the higher the pitch.