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In Pages '09 Essential Training, David Rivers teaches many creative, time-saving features that will help both experienced and first-time users of Apple's word processing and page layout tool. David explains how to get started by customizing the user interface; then shows how to create unique, eye-catching documents using the text tools, templates, and styles in Pages '09. Exercise files accompany the course.
Bullets can be used to emphasize items in a list. Pages '09 provides many options for creating and automating bulleted lists. Let's use our Running Club Newsletter. Here we have some existing text to work with. To create a bulleted list from existing text, we first need to select that text. So, click once to select the text box, click inside the text box and drag across the text to be included in the list. You'll notice the Paragraph symbols at the end of each line. This is what's going to determine each of the items on our list. With our text selected now, we can create the bulleted list using a couple of different options.
One is to use the List Style button on the Format bar. Click this button and choose Bullet to apply the default bullet type and formatting to your list. We now have a bulleted list. The real beauty of automating a bulleted list comes when we need to edit that list. For example, you'll notice we've got two items here that are very similar and one can be removed. So, let's click inside our list here to deselect text. Let's just select the third bullet which is Dress properly. Now, you won't be able to select the bullet itself, but the entire line of text and the Paragraph symbol that appears at the end. When you press your Delete key on the keyboard, you remove that item, but the list stays intact and everything else is reordered for you.
Let's move to the end of our list, press Return to add an additional point. Notice the bullet is created for us. Now, let's reselect our entire list, drag from the top to the bottom and let's explore some formatting options. We can explore those from the Text Inspector, which you can access through the Inspector button on the toolbar or click the List Style button and choose Show More. This will take you directly to the List section of the Text Inspector. Down below you'll see current settings as well as a number of options that can be changed. For example, under Text Bullets, we see the bullet type. Click this button to choose a different type, such as a star for example. Now, a star has appeared next to each item in our list.
We can change the color, click the Color button and from the Colors palette, let's choose Blue. Now, close the Colors palette. Let's also adjust the Alignment which is currently defaulted at -1 point. This means each of our bullets is a little bit lower than the rest of the text in each line. We can move up or down in one point increments using the up and down arrows, or select what's there and type in your own value. Let's try 0 and press Return. Now, our bullets are lined up perfectly with our text. Size can also be adjusted, the default Size of 100% means that our bullets are the same size as our text and if our text size changes, so will the bullet size. That's because they're scaled with text, to change the size, we can use the up and down arrows to move in 1% increments or type in our own value, let's try 80%.
If you don't want to scale the bullet with your text and rather type in a point size, deselect the checkbox and enter a value or use the Up and Down arrows. Let's try 9 points. That looks pretty good. Lastly, we can adjust the space between the bullets and the left edge of our text box, as well as, the space between the bullet and the actual text. Notice at 0 inches, our bullets are flushed on the left side of out text box. Using the Up and Down arrows, we can move in quarter-inch increments. Of course, you can enter your own values here as well. Let's try at 0.2, and to adjust the space between bullets and text, we can also add our own values here as well.
So, our text bullets look pretty good, but there are some other options. Where we see Text Bullets, click this button to reveal other options including Image Bullets, or even Custom Images, where you can use your own images as bullets. Let's try Image Bullets to see what we have available to us here in Pages '09. As we scroll down the list, we'll see a number of images that will be used as bullets. Let's try the pushpin. Click the pushpin to select it and notice that your bulleted list now uses pushpins down the left. Of course, we can adjust alignment, size and spacing for your Image Bullets as well.
When we're done, let's close the Text Inspector and click outside the text box to deselect our selected text to get a good feel for the end result. So, use a bulleted list when you need to emphasize items and remember, the Formatting Options appear on the Text Inspector and they'll help you to add even more visual interest.
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