49 Amaz­ing iWork tricks!

Take greater con­trol of Pages, Key­note and Num­bers

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The great thing about Ap­ple’s iWork suite of ap­pli­ca­tions – Pages, Num­bers and Key­note – isn’t just that most of us have them (some­times for free!) on our Macs, iPhones and iPads, but that they’re re­ally easy to get started with. Yet that same ease with which you can quickly throw to­gether a doc­u­ment, use one of the built-in tem­plates to cre­ate a beau­ti­ful pre­sen­ta­tion, or track some house­hold ex­penses might mean you don’t dig fur­ther into the iWork apps to dis­cover just how much more you can get out of them.

As al­ways, MacFor­mat is here to help! Over the next few pages, we’re go­ing to un­cover some of the tips, tricks and tech­niques that true iWork masters know and use daily to pro­duce more beau­ti­ful and use­ful doc­u­ments in less time, and have more fun do­ing it as well.

We’ll guide you app by app to show you how you can get more from Pages, Num­bers and Key­note on your Mac and on your iOS de­vices, and at the end we’ll show you how ev­ery­thing ties up to­gether to let you share your work and col­lab­o­rate with col­leagues, friends and fam­ily through Ap­ple’s iCloud ser­vices. We’re also go­ing to share with you some of the in­valu­able key­board short­cuts you should know in or­der to work even faster and more ef­fi­ciently.

We’ll fo­cus on the most re­cent ver­sions of the apps, in­tro­duced in Oc­to­ber 2013, since Ap­ple is heav­ily push­ing th­ese up­grades, and th­ese are the ver­sions you’re likely to have on your Mac. How­ever, even if you’re us­ing an ear­lier ver­sion, the good news is that most of what we’ll show you will ap­ply to them too. It might just be that some of the op­tions have slightly mis­matched names, or that you get to them just by do­ing things a lit­tle dif­fer­ently. As al­ways, if you get a bit stuck, it’s worth search­ing from an ap­pli­ca­tion’s Help menu to see if Ap­ple ex­plains there how a fea­ture works in your ver­sion.

Of course, it’s worth check­ing to see if you can up­grade to the most re­cent ver­sions for free, which will let you fol­low along ex­actly with what we’re show­ing off here. Though it might be a bit naughty, lots of peo­ple re­ported that even if they had older ver­sions of the iWork apps in­stalled, when they checked the Up­dates tab of the Mac App Store, they found up­grades to the lat­est ver­sions of all three of them wait­ing to be in­stalled.

You might be wor­ried about in­stalling th­ese new ver­sions if you have heard that they jet­ti­soned a lot of the rich fea­tures avail­able in ear­lier ver­sions, but don’t be alarmed be­cause your old apps should still be on your Mac, tucked away safely in a folder called iWork ’09.

Be­sides, af­ter that con­tro­ver­sial re­boot of the iWork suite a cou­ple of years ago, which brought fea­ture par­ity and file com­pat­i­bil­ity be­tween the Mac and iOS ver­sions of the apps, Ap­ple quickly com­mit­ted to adding fea­tures back in, and hap­pily we’re now at the stage where there are plenty of power user fea­tures tucked away across the suite for us to share with you. (You’ll find a list of key things rein­tro­duced at sup­port.ap­ple.com/HT202879.)

One last thing: even if you use just one of the three apps, they share so many fea­tures that it’s worth read­ing all the tips be­cause some we’ve listed un­der a spe­cific app are rel­e­vant to all of them.

So make your­self a cup of tea, boot up your Mac, and let’s start dis­cov­er­ing how you can get more from Pages, Num­bers and Key­note!

Un­cover some of the tips, tricks and tech­niques that true iWork masters use daily

Words: Christo­pher Phin Images: Paul Blach­ford

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