How to Use Shapes in Iwork Pages


iWork, is a bundle of programs for the Mac. It contains Keynote, a presentation program; Numbers, a spreadsheet program; and Pages, Apple’s own word processor. Pages is more than a simple word processor. It is also a desktop publishing program, allowing you to create professional and creative documents, such as newsletters, brochures and menus. It does this by allowing you to add images and shapes directly into the word processor, combining text and graphics to create excellent documents.

Things You'll Need

  • Mac with iWork
  • Open a new document with iPages, by clicking on the "iPage" icon on the dock. At the template chooser, select a template or click "Blank." You can choose either "landscape" or "portrait" here. Highlight the selection and click “Choose” in the bottom right of the window.

  • Click on the "Shape" icon on the tool bar. This will bring a drop-down menu into view. Select the "Shape" you want by clicking on it. Pages will automatically place the shape where you cursor was.

  • Use the new options that appear on the tool bar to format the shape. You can change the size, either from this toolbar or by using the small handles on the shape itself and clicking, then dragging to the desired size.

  • Open the “Inspector” from the tool bar for additional formatting options. You can move the Inspector window by clicking on it and dragging to another place. To close the Inspector simply click the red "Close" button on the top right.

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