Pages for Mac: View formatting symbols and layout in a Pages document

View formatting symbols and layout in a Pages document

Formatting symbols (called invisibles) like the ones shown below are added every time you press the Space bar, Tab, or Return, and when you add a column break, page break, or section break. By default, you can’t see them, but you can turn them on to see where formatting changes have been applied. You can hide them again when you don’t need to see them.

Text showing symbols for spaces, paragraph break, and section break.

You can use Layout View to show the faint gray boxes that outline the different text areas of your document—including headers, footers, columns, text boxes, and the document body (the main area of text in the document). This view can help you troubleshoot layout problems.

Show or hide formatting marks

Do one of the following:

  • Show invisibles: Choose View > Show Invisibles (from the View menu at the top of your screen).

    Note: The View button in the toolbar doesn’t have this command.

  • Hide invisibles: Choose View > Hide Invisibles.

Note: You can’t add layout breaks—they appear automatically when you adjust columns for selected text.

Change the color of formatting marks

  1. Choose Pages Preferences (from the Pages menu at the top of your screen).

  2. Click General, then click the color well next to Invisibles to choose another color.

Show or hide layout markings

Do one of the following:

  • Show layout view: Choose View > Show Layout (from the View menu at the top of your screen).

    Note: The View button in the toolbar doesn’t have this command.

    Layout view showing header area and document margins.
  • Hide layout view: Choose Hide Layout (from the View menu at the top of your screen).

Invisible Character

Represents

the Nonbreaking space symbol

Space

the Nonbreaking space symbol

Nonbreaking space (Option–Space bar)

the Tab symbol

Tab

the Line break symbol

Line break (Shift-Return)

the Paragraph break symbol

Paragraph break (Return)

the Page break symbol

Page break

the Column break symbol

Column break

the Layout break symbol

Layout break

the Section break symbol

Section break

the Anchor point symbol

Anchor point for objects set to “Move with Text” and any text wrap option except “Inline with Text.”

Blue box around text

The text is bookmarked

Published Date: Apr 3, 2019
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