Edit and for­mat text in Pages for iOS

TechLife Australia - - WELCOME - TAP INTO PAGES’ POW­ER­FUL TEXT-HAN­DLING TOOLS TO IM­PROVE YOUR DOC­U­MENTS. [ NICK PEERS ]

IF YOU’RE LOOK­ING to edit text with a bit of flair and panache, there’s no sub­sti­tute for Ap­ple’s own Pages app. But for all its ex­tra fea­tures, Pages re­mains first and fore­most a word pro­ces­sor. In this tu­to­rial, we’re go­ing to focus on ex­plor­ing its text-based tools to re­veal how to sim­plify, speed up and im­prove the way you work with text doc­u­ments on your iPad.

Pages has evolved to put more text-edit­ing and for­mat­ting tools at your fin­ger­tips. Start typ­ing and you’ll see the pop-up key­board now of­fers short­cuts to a num­ber of use­ful for­mat­ting op­tions. You’ll no­tice one par­tic­u­lar op­tion, the re­size text tool, of­fers a lim­ited num­ber of text siz­ing op­tions, but don’t worry — if none of th­ese fit, you’ll find the For­mat Painter en­ables you to re­size in one-point in­cre­ments, from sin­gle-point text up into the hundreds. You’ll also find other text-styling tools — bold, italic, un­der­line and strike-through — here too.

One ma­jor lim­i­ta­tion is that there’s still no way to up­date text styles on your iPad. You can, nat­u­rally, edit text styles on the fly for se­lected text, fol­low­ing the step-by-step guide op­po­site. It’s just a shame you can’t yet save those changes, ei­ther by up­dat­ing an ex­ist­ing style or by cre­at­ing a new one. In­stead, you need to open the doc­u­ment in Pages on your Mac, ap­ply changes there, then sync the doc­u­ment back via iCloud.

Don’t for­get to make use of Pages’ spellcheck tool. Tap the ‘...’ but­ton and make sure Check Spell­ing is switched on. Once en­abled, mis­spelled words will be shown with a red un­der­line. Tap it and choose ‘Re­place’ to see sug­gested al­ter­na­tives, then tap the cor­rec­tion. Pages will also use your sys­temwide au­to­cor­rect set­tings to cor­rect mistyp­ing; to switch this on and off, re­turn to the Home screen and choose ‘Set­tings > Gen­eral > Key­board’.

Last, but not least, flick on the Word Count switch un­der ‘...’ and you’ll see a run­ning word count ap­pear at the bot­tom of the screen.

Tap and drag it to re­po­si­tion it, or tap it to re­veal more de­tailed sta­tis­tics.

THERE’S NO SUB­STI­TUTE FOR AP­PLE’S OWN PAGES APP. BUT FOR ALL ITS EX­TRA FEA­TURES, PAGES RE­MAINS FIRST AND FORE­MOST A WORD PRO­CES­SOR.

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