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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.
When you are ready to start using Pages '09 to create new documents or work on an existing document, you will first need to launch the application. This can be done in a number of different ways. For example, click the Go menu here in Finder and select Applications. In the Applications window, navigate to the iWork '09 folder where you will find Pages. Double-clicking will launch the application. Well, let's close the Applications Window and explore another option. With Spotlight you can find anything on your Mac with lightning speed, including the Pages application. Click the Spotlight icon and in the Spotlight search field simply type what it is you are looking for. In our case we'll type Pages.
The more we type in Spotlight, the more Spotlight narrows down our list. You will see a Top Hit, a Definition; you will Applications, Documents, Folders and so on. It just so happens our Top Hit is also the Pages application and one click will launch Pages for us. But let's click on the Desktop to close Spotlight. A third option is to use the dock. During the iWork '09 installation process, the Pages icon is placed on the dock for you. One click of the Pages icon will launch the application, making this the fastest and easiest way to get started with Pages '09. And to help you get started Pages displays the Template Chooser.
But let's get a brief overview now of this Template Chooser. There are over 40 new templates in Pages '09, over 180 in total to choose from. Every single document we create in Pages '09 will be based on one of these templates and as you can see on the left hand side, our templates are broken into two main categories, Word Processing and Page Layout. Under Word Processing, we see subcategories for such documents as Letters, Forms, Resumes and Reports. Under Page Layout we see subcategories for documents such as Newsletters, Brochures, Posters and Certificates.
When we select a subcategory such as Newsletters, we'll see thumbnails on the right hand side representing the various templates and as you move across those thumbnails, you will see some of the pages that can be created using the selected template. To increase or decrease the size of the thumbnails you can use the Thumbnail slider at the bottom. Slide to the right to increase the size, slide to he left to decrease the size of those thumbnails. From the Template Chooser, we can also open the recently used files and open an existing file which allows us to search through our computer for the various files we can work with in Pages.
Let's say we want to create a movie poster. We'll move to the Posters category here under Page Layout, scroll down to the movie poster templates, let's choose Movie Poster Small. By clicking Movie Poster Small it's now selected. To begin working in Pages '09 creating our movie poster, click the Choose button. This launches our new document in Pages using the selected template. We are now well on our way.
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