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
- Add, rearrange, and delete 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
Select text and place the insertion point in Pages on Mac
To replace specific text, you select the text then type new text. To edit within text, you place the insertion point where you want to begin editing.
Note: To edit text that’s in a text box, you first click the text to select the text box (it appears as a gray rule around the text), then do any of the actions described in the tasks below.
Do any of the following:
Select one or more characters: Click in front of the first character and drag across the characters you want.
Select a word: Double-click the word.
Select a paragraph: Triple-click in the paragraph.
Select a range of text: Click in front of the first character, then hold down the Shift key on your keyboard and click at the end of the text you want to select. You can select just a few characters or a large amount of text across paragraphs or pages.
For more ways to select text, see Use keyboard shortcuts.
Place the insertion point
The insertion point is a blinking vertical line or I-beam in text that indicates where the next character you type will appear.
In body text in a word-processing document: Click where you want to start typing.
In a text box or shape: Click the object. If the object already contains text, click once to select the object, then click again in the text where you want to place the insertion point.
In a table cell: Click the cell to select it, then click again where you want to start typing.
After you place the insertion point, you can use the arrow keys to move it. You can’t place an insertion point in placeholder text. When you click placeholder text, the entire block of text is selected, and you type to replace it.