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    Pages for iOS (iPad): Select and edit text

    You can select any portion of text within a text box or shape to change its style or edit its content.

    Place the text insertion point in a line of text:

    1. Do either of the following:
      • Tap a line of text.
      • Double-tap a shape or text box to select a word within it.
    2. To reposition the insertion point, touch and hold within a line of text until a magnifying glass appears.
      If you’ve got a word, paragraph, or multiple paragraphs selected, swipe to deselect them, and then move the insertion point.
    3. Drag your finger over the text until the magnifying glass shows you that the insertion point is where you want it, and then lift your finger. 
    4. To move the insertion point, do any of the following:
      • Swipe left or right with one finger to move the insertion point one character to the left or right.
      • Swipe left with two fingers to move the insertion point to the beginning of the current word, or to the beginning of the previous word. 
      • Swipe right with two fingers to move the insertion point to the end of the current word, or to the end of the next word.
      • Swipe left or right with three fingers to move the insertion point to the beginning or end of the current line.

    When you swipe to move the insertion point, it moves in the direction that you swipe. For more details about using gestures on your mobile device, see Touchscreen basics for Pages.

    You can’t place the insertion point in placeholder text. When you tap placeholder text, the entire block of text is selected and is replaced when you begin typing.

    Select words or paragraphs:

    • Double-tap the word you want to select.
    • Triple-tap or tap simultaneously with two fingers the paragraph you want to select.
    • Double-tap a word, and then drag the drag points abc drag points to encompass the range you want to to select, including whole or partial words. 
    • Double-tap to select a word, and then drag the drag points abc drag points ipad beyond the edge of the current paragraph.
      The selection changes to contain the entire paragraph and its associated formatting marks (“invisibles”). You can drag the drag points up or down to include paragraphs or exclude paragraphs from the current selection.

      Swipe to exit paragraph selection.
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    • In a rapid motion, tap a word and then touch and drag to encompass the range you want to select, including whole or partial words and paragraphs. 

    Copy and paste text:

    1. Select the text you want to copy.
    2. Tap Copy.
      If you select a word to copy that doesn’t have a recognized spelling, you may first see spelling suggestions or the message “No Replacements Found.” Tap the word again to see the Copy button. 
    3. Place the insertion point or select some text where you want to paste the copied text.
    4. Tap Paste.

    Show the larger keyboard:

    The larger keyboard can make it easier to type a large amount of text quickly.

    Turn your iPad to landscape orientation and tap any text to show the larger keyboard.

    When you’re done typing, tap close keyboard on the keyboard to dismiss it.

    After selecting text, you can change its font, color, size, and other attributes. See Style text. To learn about text alignment and tabs, see Set tab stops, align text, and adjust paragraph margins.

    Last Modified: Sep 26, 2012


     
    Pages for iOS (iPad): Touchscreen basics for Pages

    If you’re not familiar with the terms “pinch,” “swipe,” or other finger-gesture terminology used in this documentation, look up the term in the list below.

    Tap

    Using one finger, quickly and firmly touch the screen and then lift your finger. Use this gesture to select an object or activate a button.

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    Scroll, swipe, flick

    Slide one finger up and down or side to side—for example, to see items outside the edges of the screen or to see more options in a list. Scroll quickly by swiping or flicking one finger rapidly across the screen.

    Swipe or flick up and down to scroll the pages of your document.

    A finger swiping up and down in a document.

    Two-finger tap

    Using two fingers simultaneously, quickly and firmly touch the screen and then lift your fingers. Use this gesture to select an entire paragraph in the document body or within a text box.

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    Drag

    You can drag to move an object, or to resize an object or a selection range.

    To move an object, touch and hold the object, then drag it to where you want it. To resize an object, tap it, touch and hold one of the selection handles, then drag to resize.

    One finger dragging an object.

    Select multiple objects

    Select as many objects as you want by touching and holding one object on the screen, then tapping the other objects with another finger. Use both hands if it’s easier.

    One finger pressing an object while a second finger taps another object.

    Pinch open to zoom in

    Place two fingers on the screen and spread them apart. This action allows you to see a close-up of items on the screen. Pinch open quickly to immediately increase the page size to 200 percent. If you want an in-between size, pinch open more slowly. An indicator displays the current page magnification as you pinch.

     

    Pinch open to zoom in

    Place two fingers on the screen and spread them apart. This allows you to see a close-up of items on the screen. Pinch open quickly to immediately increase the page size to 200 percent. If you want an in-between size, pinch open more slowly. An indicator appears to display the current page magnification.

    Pinch open to zoom

    Pinch closed to zoom out

    Place two fingers on the screen and bring them together. This allows you to see more items on the screen. Pinch closed quickly to immediately reduce the page size to Fit, which fits the screen. If you want an in-between size, pinch closed more slowly. An indicator appears to display the current page magnification as you pinch.

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    Accessibility

    To learn about using universal access features, including VoiceOver, see the Accessibility chapter in the device’s User Guide. (In Safari bookmarks on your device, tap the User Guide link. Scroll down the list of chapters, and then tap Accessibility.)

    Published Date: Nov 13, 2018


     
     
     
     Pages for iOS (iPad): Use Text styles 

    Paragraph styles and character styles are sets of attributes—like a font size and color—that determine how text looks. Using text styles helps you keep text formatting consistent throughout your document. For example, when you apply the paragraph style Heading to text, that text matches other headings that use that style.

    Paragraph styles apply to all of the text in a paragraph, while character styles apply only to a selected word or character.

    Every Pages template includes predesigned text styles. When you replace placeholder text, your content uses that paragraph style. You can add your own text styles, modify existing styles, and delete any you don’t want to keep. Any changes you make to styles affect only the document where you changed them.

    Apply a paragraph style

    1. Select one or more paragraphs, or tap anywhere in a paragraph to apply the style to only that paragraph.

    2. Tap the Format button.

      If you don’t see text controls, tap Text.

    3. Tap the style name below Paragraph Style, then tap a new paragraph style (scroll to see more).

      The Format menu showing text controls for setting paragraph and character styles, font, size, and color.

    Apply a character style

    1. Select one or more words or characters you want to format, then tap the Format button.

      If you don’t see text controls, tap Text.

    2. Tap the More button above the font size controls.

    3. Tap the character style name (it may say None), then tap a character style.

    4. Tap outside the controls to close them, or tap Text Options then tap Text to return to the first page of text controls.

    Create or modify a paragraph style

    To add a new style, you first modify the text of a paragraph in your document to look the way you want, then create the new style based on that text.

    1. Select the text where you want to create a new style, or tap in text that uses the style you want to change.

    2. Tap the Format button and change the text appearance (font, font size, color, and so on) however you want.

      An asterisk and sometimes an Update button appear next to the paragraph or character style name to indicate that the style has been modified.

      A paragraph style with an asterisk next to it and an Update button on the right.
    3. Do one of the following:

      • Create a new paragraph style: Tap the style name (but not the Update button), tap Edit at the top right of the controls, then tap + at the top left of the controls. The new style is selected and appears with a temporary name (you can type a new name for it). Any text that uses the original style isn’t changed.

      • Apply the changes to the style and keep the same name: Tap Update next to the style name. Any text that uses this style is updated with the changes.

      • Revert changes to a paragraph style: Tap the style name (but not the Update button), then tap the style name in the Paragraph Style menu (but not the Update button). The Update button is removed and the style is reverted to its original format.

    If you don’t like the changes you made, you can close the formatting controls, then tap the Undo button multiple times to step back through your changes and reverse them.

    Create or modify a character style

    Character styles are created when you apply attributes such as bold, an underline, or superscript to one or more characters.

    1. Select the text that you want to base a new style on, or tap in text that uses the style you want to change.

    2. Tap the Format button.

    3. Use the text controls to change the text appearance however you want.

      The Character Style menu appears below the color controls (you see None* if this is the first character formatting you applied). If you’re editing an existing character style, you may see an asterisk and an Update button next to the character style name.

      The Text formatting controls with Character Style below the Color controls. The character style None appears with an asterisk.
    4. Tap the right arrow next to the character style name, then do one of the following:

      • Create a new character style: Tap the style name (but not the Update button), tap Edit at the top right of the controls, then tap + at the top left of the controls. The new style is selected and appears with a temporary name (you can type a new name for it). Any text that uses the original style isn’t changed.

      • Apply the changes to the style and keep the same name: Tap Update next to the style name. Any text that uses this style is updated with the changes.

      • Revert changes to a character style: Tap the style name (but not the Update button), then tap the style name in the Character Styles menu (but not the Update button). The Update button is removed and the style is reverted to its original format.

    Why does the style have an asterisk or Update button next to it?

    When you change the appearance of text (its color or size, for example), an asterisk (*), or an asterisk and an Update button, appear next to the style name to indicate that it has overrides.

    To deal with an override, you can do one of the following:

    • Ignore it: Leave the override in place, and keep the edits you made to your text. Other text that uses the style isn’t affected and the asterisk and Update button remain.

    • Update the style to incorporate the overrides: Tap Update. The style is updated with your changes, all text in your document that uses the style is also updated, and the asterisk and Update button are removed.

    • Remove the override: Tap the style name (but not the Update button). In the style menu, tap the style name. Your text reverts to its original appearance and leaves the style unchanged.

    If you select some text in a paragraph that has a paragraph style applied to it, and then change its appearance, you may see only an asterisk next to the character style name and not an Update button for the paragraph style.

    Redefine a style

    If you modify some text and want to incorporate those changes into one of the document’s existing styles, you can redefine the style to use the formatting.

    1. Select the text you modified, then tap the Format button.

    2. Tap the style name that appears (it doesn’t have to be the style you want to redefine).

    3. Swipe left on the style you want to modify, then tap Redefine.

    Delete a style

    You can delete a text style that isn’t being used in your document. You might want to do this to simplify the menu.

    1. Tap in any text, then tap the Format button.

    2. Tap the style name, then tap Edit in the top-right corner of the popover.

    3. Tap the red delete button to the left of the style you want to delete, then tap the Delete button that appears on the right.

    4. If the style is being used for text in the document, in the dialog that appears, select a replacement style for the text that uses it, then tap Done.

    5. Tap outside the popover to close it.

    Published Date: Nov 13, 2018
     
     
     
    Pages for iOS (iPad): Set tab stops, align text, and adjust paragraph margins

    You can set tab stops to align text left, right, at the center, or on a decimal point. With tab stops in place, pressing the Tab key (or Option-Tab in a table cell), moves the insertion point (and any text after it) to the next tab stop.

    After you set tab stops, you can change their alignment and spacing, change the symbol used for decimal-aligned tab stops, and add a leader line (such as a dotted line) between items separated by tab stops.

    Note: The tab stops you set apply only to the text that’s selected when you set them. If you start a new section or use a different paragraph style, the tabs aren’t used. To keep the tab stops for other text in the document, update the paragraph style after you set the tabs. Then, any text that uses that paragraph style will use the same tab stops.

    Set and remove tab stops

    1. Make sure the ruler at the top of the document is open.

      If you don’t see the ruler, click the View menu button in the toolbar, then choose Show Ruler.

    2. Select the text you want to format, or click in text that uses a paragraph style you want to format.

    3. Do any of the following:

      • Add a tab stop: Click the ruler where you want the tab stop.

      • Move a tab stop: Drag the tab-stop icon along the ruler.

      • Change the tab type: Control-click the tab-stop icon, then choose the alignment you want.

      • Remove a tab stop: Drag the tab-stop icon below the ruler until it disappears.

      The ruler with markers for left and right paragraph margins, first line indentation, and tabs for left, center, decimal, and right alignment.
    4. To update the paragraph style with your changes, click the Update button next to the paragraph style name at the top of the sidebar.

      Any text that uses the paragraph style now uses the new tab stops. If you aren’t using paragraph styles, or you want to keep the change as an override to a paragraph style, don’t click Update.

    You can also set tab stops, add leader lines, and change the symbol used for decimal-aligned tab stops using the controls in the Format sidebar on the right.

    Set default spacing for tabs

    If you haven’t set your own tab stops, default spacing is used each time you press Tab. This is useful when you want to roughly align text or move the insertion point a set distance without setting individual tab stops. If you do set your own tab stops, but tab past the last one you set, default spacing is used.

    1. Select the text you want to format, or click in text that uses a paragraph style you want to format.

    2. In the Format  sidebar, click the Layout button near the top.

      If the text is in a text box, table, or shape, first click the Text tab at the top of the sidebar, then click the Layout button.

    3. Click the disclosure triangle next to Tabs.

    4. To set the spacing, click the arrows next to the Default Spacing box or type your own value.

    5. To update the paragraph style with the change, click the Update button next to the paragraph style name at the top of the sidebar.

      Any text that uses the paragraph style is updated with the new spacing. If you aren’t using paragraph styles, or you want to keep the change as an override to a paragraph style, don’t click Update.

    Add leader lines

    After you set a tab stop, you can add a leader line between items separated by tab stops.

    1. Select the text you want to format, or click in text that uses a paragraph style you want to format.

    2. In the Format  sidebar, click the Layout button near the top.

      If the text is in a text box, table, or shape, first click the Text tab at the top of the sidebar, then click the Layout button.

    3. Click the disclosure triangle next to Tabs.

    4. In the Leader column, double-click the arrows next to a tab stop to choose a leader line style.

      You can choose a solid line, dots, dashes, or arrows.

    5. To update the paragraph style with the change, click the Update button next to the paragraph style name at the top of the sidebar.

      Any text that uses the paragraph style is updated with the leader lines. If you aren’t using paragraph styles, or you want to keep the change as an override to a paragraph style, don’t click Update.

    Change the symbol used for decimal-aligned tabs

    You can align text on a symbol rather than a decimal point.

    1. Select the text that uses the tab stop, or click in text that uses the paragraph style you want to format.

    2. In the Format  sidebar, click the Layout button near the top.

      If the text is in a text box, table, or shape, first click the Text tab at the top of the sidebar, then click the Layout button.

    3. Click the disclosure triangle next to Tabs, then enter the symbol in the Decimal Character box.

      You can find currency and other symbols in the Characters window. To open it, choose Edit > Emoji & Symbols (from the Edit menu at the top of your screen).

    4. To update the paragraph style with the change, click the Update button next to the paragraph style name at the top of the sidebar.

      Any text that uses the paragraph style is updated with the symbol. If you aren’t using paragraph styles, or you want to keep the change as an override to a paragraph style, don’t click Update.

    Published Date: Nov 13, 2018