Pages ‘09: Creating a New Document

To create a new Pages document, you pick the Word Processing or Page Layout template that provides appropriate formatting and layout characteristics.

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To create a new Pages document:

  1. Open Pages by clicking its icon in the Dock or by double-clicking its icon in the Finder.
  2. In the Template Chooser window, select a template category in the left column to display related Word Processing or Page Layout templates, and then select the template that best matches the document you want to create.

    • Scan the page types available in many of the Pages templates by moving the pointer from right to left over a template icon in the Template Chooser. You can change the size of the template icons by adjusting the slider at the bottom of the Template Chooser window.
    • If you want to begin in a document without any text or media placeholders, select Blank under Page Layout or Word Processing.
    • In a Blank page layout document, text is added by inserting a text box and then typing in the text box. To add text to a Blank word processing document, begin typing.
  3. Click Choose. A new document opens on your screen.

If you don't see the Template Chooser when you first open Pages, you can make it appear by setting a preference in Pages preferences. Choose Pages > Preferences, click General, and then select “For New Documents: Show Template Chooser.”

Alternatively, you can set Pages to automatically open a Blank document or the document template of your choice every time you open the application. Choose Pages > Preferences, click General, select “For New Documents: Use template:”, and then click Choose. Select a template, and then click Choose.

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