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How Do I Add Numerous Images To Thumbnails In Pages On MacOS?

I’ve been using Keynote for years. One of the nice features is the ability to drag and drop image files into the thumbnail pane, which results in each image becoming a slide. Saves a lot of time as opposed to dropping images onto individual slides one at a time.

I was hoping with the new thumbnails view in Pages, the same thing would be possible. That by dragging and dropping my images into the thumbnail pane, that each image would become a page of my document, but it didn’t work.

I’m wondering if it actually is possible, and I’m just doing something incorrectly, or if there is a different way to accomplish the same result. Such a shortcut would save me a substantial amount of time. Thanks in advance for any help.
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Cameron

Comments: 5 Responses to “How Do I Add Numerous Images To Thumbnails In Pages On MacOS?”

    5 months ago

    No, that’s not possible. The Thumbnails view isn’t new at all — it has always been there. It is the Table of Contents view that is new. But either way, there is no way to create a series of pages by dragging and dropping images into the Thumbnails sidebar.

    But if you wish to create a PDF that is a series of photos, then why not try printing from the Photos app? Select the photos you want, File, Print, choose your options, and then save as PDF? Or is a not a PDF with a series of images that you are after. I may be able to help more if I knew what end result you were trying to achieve.

    Cameron
    5 months ago

    I actually already have it as a PDF. The end goal is an ePub.

    I initially tried copy and pasting from the PDF into a Pages document (to then export as an ePub), but the result is a formatting nightmare, because it is a complex document with text boxes, footnotes, etc.

    I’ve tried several conversion apps with limited success, but one of them allowed me to export from PDF to ePub creating an image for each page. These jpg images are what I tried to import into the thumbnail pane in Pages.

    5 months ago

    So why not do this: Drag and drop the images into Pages, the main body not the thumbnail sidebar. They will all appear stacked on top of each other. But they will also all remain selected. Immediately go to Format, Arrange and set Text Wrap to Inline with Text. Now they will all appear one after each other. That may be enough. But you could always position the cursor after the first image and then Insert, Page Break, then forward arrow to the position after the second image, and Insert, Page Break… until there are page breaks after each image. There is a keyboard shortcut for Insert, Page Break too (Command+FN+Return).

    Cameron
    5 months ago

    Thanks, I will try this. This just leaves one other related issue, and that’s the Table of Contents. It seems bookmarks can only be created from text, not images, so not sure how to link to a certain page.

    5 months ago

    How about creating a caption under each image? Or a title above it? Even a bit of text with a date would work.

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