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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.
In Pages '09 you have full control over the look and feel of your work environment. Let's use this document called the Collin Family to explore different ways you can customize your user interface. We will begin with the View menu. Click View to display options that can be shown or hidden on your user interface. For example if you rarely use the tool bar you may choose to hide it. Click Hide Toolbar near the bottom of this menu and the toolbar is hidden from view. To bring it back click View again and this time select Show Toolbar.
You may also choose to view Page Thumbnails from the View menu. Click View and if there is a check mark next to Page Thumbnails you are currently viewing them. Click Page Thumbnails again to hide those page thumbnails. You can also bring them back directly from the toolbar. Click the View button and select Page Thumbnails. This pane is also adjustable to increase the size of your page thumbnails, drag the separator at the bottom to the right hand side. To decrease the size of this pane and the thumbnails, drag to the left.
This allows you to see more of them. We can also customize our toolbar. You may wish to add buttons and remove others. Move to the toolbar and Ctrl+ Click. If you have got a two-button mouse you may right click as well. From this menu we can adjust the way the buttons are displayed as well as customize the toolbar. Click Customize Toolbar and from here choose the buttons you wish to add to the toolbar. For example if you work with columns on a Regular basis, you may wish to drag Columns button to the toolbar. When you release it will be added to the toolbar.
Buttons you don't use on a regular basis can be removed. For example drag the Shapes button down off the toolbar and release. A puff of smoke indicates that you have removed that button from the toolbar. At anytime you can return to the default by moving down to the bottom of the screen and dragging the default toolbar back up to the top. When the plus sign appears, release your mouse button to set the default back. When you are done customizing the toolbar click the Done button.
So with Pages '09 it's good to know you have full control over the look and feel of your user interface.
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