How and Why To Make Your Own Pages Template

You don't need to change the font every time you open Pages. Instead you can create your own template that is set up like you want and start with that every time.

Comments: 11 Responses to “How and Why To Make Your Own Pages Template”

    Louis Martin
    7 months ago

    Followed the procedure described but the resulting template did not preserve in the startup document my configuration namely when it came to showing rulers for example or the large text box with its limits. I created for myself a document called untitled - sort of a personalized template without being one - that I fetch and open and rename afterwards. On the same subject, where are the Pages templates located in Ventura ? Are they visible or hidden ? Thanks.

    7 months ago

    Louis: Not sure where they are located. If you want to have a file you can access, don't save it to the Template Chooser but choose the option to save it as a file.

    Louis Martin
    7 months ago

    Still donā€™t know why a Pages document saved as a template does not preserve specifications such as rulers for example as opposed to other word processors. I saw at some point that a template was saved as something like and when I replace the .pages document by .ott, rulers where gone. I hope Apple reads this and produces an update/upgrade to address this situation. Like I cited before, I created myself a model .pages document stored in a specific file in Documents that I open when needed.

    Beth T
    7 months ago

    Thank you so much! I'm a teacher and I like to create my assignments in page layout with a specific set of format options. This tip has saved me several steps when creating a new document. It's so simple.

    Louis Martin
    7 months ago

    Since my formated model.pages could not be "save as", I duplicated it 1,2,, used model1.pages to write, saved it and renamed it. It is funny than I have a working 4.1 pages from 2011 on my MacPro 5.1 and I allready had a template with all the trimmings I wanted. Pages had also a merge function that was abandonned later on and reintroduced in the last iteration. I alerted Apple tech support and also to the complicated page numbering system (try numbering at page 2). Forget the past and repeat...

    Gail Lewis
    6 months ago

    Thank you so much for the information on making your own template. This has been very helpful in helping me to create my template ahead of time that way avoiding spending a lot of time once I start working on a document to use.

    Eric
    6 months ago

    Apple supplied Templates are stored in /Applications/Pages.app/Contents/SharedSupport/Templates but it's probably better not to mess with them.

    Eric
    6 months ago

    User templates are stored in ...

    /Users/=username=/Library/Containers/com.apple.iWork.Pages/Data/Library/Application Support/User Templates

    (where =username= is the account name.

    Louis Martin
    6 months ago

    The storage indicated does not exist in Ventura but in older MacOS. See Gary up. To insert a page number on Pages 4.1 of 2011, you opened a dialog where you could start numbering on page 2 and also to place the number on the header or footer. The following version of Pages which I kept did not have a dialog and inserted a page number 1 in the text where you were typing even on page 5. Apple bring us back the efficient simplicity of Pages 4.1. You did it then with 150 MB but cannot now at 642 MB

    Young Jessie M
    6 months ago

    If I make a document template, open it, and paste a large amount of text into it, will the text take on the characteristic of the template? Thanks. jy

    6 months ago

    Young: Depends on the details, but yes. Try it and see.

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