How to Work with Text in Pages - dummies

By Mark L. Chambers

If you’ve used a modern word processing program on any computer — including “freebies” such as TextEdit on a Mac or WordPad on a PC — you’ll feel right at home typing within Pages. Just in case, however, review the high points:

  • The bar-shaped text cursor, which looks like a capital letter I, indicates where the text you enter will appear within a Pages document.

  • To enter text, simply begin typing. Your characters appear at the text cursor.

  • To edit existing text in your Pages document, click the insertion cursor at any point in the text and drag the insertion cursor across the characters to highlight them. Type the replacement text, and Pages automatically replaces the existing characters with the ones you type.

  • To delete text, click and drag across the characters to highlight them; then press Delete.

Within Pages, text and graphics appear in boxes, which can be resized by clicking and dragging on one of the handles that appear around the edges of the box. (Hover your cursor over one of the square handles and you’ll see that it changes to a double-sided arrow, indicating that Pages is ready to resize the box.)

You can also move a box, including all the stuff it contains, to another location within the Layout pane. Click in the center of the box and drag the box to the desired spot, or hold down the Option key as you drag to create a copy in the new location.

Note that Pages displays blue alignment lines to help you align the box with other elements around it (or with regular divisions of the page, such as the vertical center of a poster or flyer). Note the vertical alignment line that automatically appears when moving boxes.


To select text or graphics within a box, you must first click the box to select it and then click again on the line of text or the graphic that you want to change.