Facing Pages In Pages

The latest update to Pages for Mac, iCloud and iOS allows you to create documents with facing pages. You can define different headers and footers for the left and right pages. Margins can be set as inside and outside instead of left and right. You can also choose whether to view the document onscreen as single pages or pairs of pages.
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The new version of Pages is version 7.0 and it has several new features. One that has been highly anticipated by a lot of people is the ability to have facing pages like you would have in a book. You can do this now if you know where the setting is. Let's take a look at it.

I'm going to create a new document and choose just the basic blank template. Now I'm going to expand this window to full size and I'm going to convert this, instead of just a regular document, into one where there are facing pages. To do that I'm going to go and click on Document, and then you can see here is the option for Facing Pages. So I'm going to select that and turn it on. Notice that things change a little bit. The page that I'm on, which would be page one, moves over to the right. I'll change the zoom amount so we can see it a little bit better.

Now if we were to insert to new pages, let me put some page breaks here, we can see that page two appears here to the left and page three to the right. So you can see it's formatting the screen for us so we can see which page is on which side. So let's go down here to pages two and three. One of the things you really want to do differently on left and right pages is have headers and footers that are different. For instance, here we've got the footer for the left side page and I'm going to insert a page number there. Notice that on the right side page it also appears there. But that would be on the inside, close to the spine of the book. I don't want that for that.

So what I want to do is I want to go to Section here on the right and I'm going to, under Headers and Footers, select Left and right pages are different. Now I can go and insert a page number here on the left. On the right side here I can go and delete that and insert it here on the right. Now you can see I've got the 2 on the left side and the 3 on the right side. You can do similar things. Like, let's say, if I wanted to insert something here to be like the date and time and I wanted to be that on the left side there. So you can see it's different. Now as I insert new pages, so I'll insert another page break and another page break, you can see it follows that. This is perception like a lot of the formatting is.

So as long as this whole book is one section it doesn't make any difference. If you create a new section then you'd have to define how you want things to happen on that section or use Match Previous Section here so that the settings will match across both sections. So that's one of the main things that you can do when you have Facing Pages. You can have different headers and footers for the left and right.

Also if we go to Document and then back to Document here, right above that Facing Pages checkmark notice that Document Margins changes. It has Top and Bottom as before but instead of left and right it has Inside and Outside which is what you would expect if you're going to use Facing Pages. Let's turn on Show Layout and you can see if I adjust the inside it does that properly and the same for outside. So that's one of the main things that you need to be different between pages when you do Facing Pages.

Now when writing you may not want to have this view here where you see left pages on the left and right pages on the right. You may want to switch back to the one page view. Notice here under the Zoom amount the top here has One Page and Two Pages. So you can go back to a one page view here and edit your document just as you would before and notice that it still obeys, you know, this is a right side page so the 1 is at the bottom right and this is a left side page so the 2 is at the bottom left, 3 is at the bottom right, etc. The headers and footers match as well. But it just makes a much nicer writing environment.

This can also be done in the web version of iCloud.com. You can see here undertone the Document section, Document I've got Facing Pages, inside and outside. Then under the Section area I've got Left and right pages are different for the headers and footers.

The new version of Pages for iOS also does this. It is a little trickier to get there. You want to tap here now for Write. Go to Document setup and then tap the Document Settings button at the top right there. You look down at the bottom and there's Facing Pages. You can turn it on there.

Comments: 2 Responses to “Facing Pages In Pages”

    Mavis Brauer
    1 year ago

    I am writing a family book and this “facing pages” upgrade is amazing. I am no longer faced with the task of reformatting a large number of pages individually. Thanks for explaining the specifics. Love your online course!

    Liz Burton
    12 months ago

    Be advised that handling images in a formatted document in facing-pages view is extremely problematic. Apparently, the page flow is still one-up even though you’re looking at two, or there’s some other issue with moving objects between pages. Images don’t insert where the cursor is and can’t be moved from one page to another. I had to revert to single-page to put in the graphics where I wanted them to go.

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