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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.
Hyphens and ligatures can play an important role in the way text appears on your page. So let's explore exactly what they do with this Viewfinder Newsletter. First move to Page 4, and we'll work with the text in this text box, click once to select the text box, and now hyphenation and ligatures appear together in the Document Inspector. So click the Inspector button on the toolbar, make sure Document Inspector is selected and the Document button and down below you will see checkboxes for Hyphenate and Use ligatures. We'll begin with Hyphenation. Hyphenation is particularly useful when full justification is used as it is in the columns in this text box.
Notice the extra spaces between words and even the characters in these columns. It's not very pleasing to the eyes, so let's if hyphenation can help. With our text box still selected click the Hyphenate checkbox. Now the Hyphenate checked Pages '09 automatically hyphenates words that need to break at the end of a line. If a word is too long to fit at the end of the line, Pages inserts to hyphen at an appropriate place and continues the word on the next line. This is much more pleasing to the eye, but there may be occasions when you don't want a word to be broken up by hyphens, like the person's name. Where in our case on the first line of the first paragraph, the name of a company. In those cases, we need to get inside the text box first. So one click will get us inside and then we can right-click or Ctrl +Click the word we don't want hyphenated.
From a pop-up menu we can select Never Hyphenate and this tells pages to always move the entire word to the next line if doesn't fit on the previous line. Now just be aware that Never Hyphenate means that pages will never hyphenate the word in any document in which it appears, not just this one. So you don't want to overuse Never Hyphenate unless you are applying it to word that you are sure you never want to break up. Now perhaps there is a paragraph where you don't want hyphenation to take effect; maybe it doesn't look right. We'll use this first paragraph here.
First, click inside the third paragraph and to turn Hyphenation off for a single paragraph without affecting the other paragraphs; we go to the Text Inspector. Click the Text Inspector then click the More tab and here you will find a checkbox which will allow us to remove hyphenation for the paragraph we are in. Click this check box which turns off the Hyphenation without affecting the other paragraphs in this text box. Now let's explore ligatures using another document. We'll close this one up without saving and we work with our Form Letter which is a word processing document. Now ligatures are letters that share common features and are printed as a single character. Ligatures are the most commonly pairs of letters, but sometimes they appear in groups of three. With ligatures turned off, it's its own separate entity.
Take a look at the name here, Winston Saffly. Watch what happens when we turn ligatures on. First, we need to go back to the Document Inspector, and at the bottom click the checkbox next to Use ligatures. It's a very subtle change, but now you will notice the f and the l appear as one character. In the first sentence of our first paragraph, the word, first, the f and the i appear to be a single character. Ligatures are generally considered to improve the look of printed text. Just keep in your mind that not every font family uses ligatures, so you may need to experiment with different fonts, if you like using them.
So you should now be feeling comfortable with the use of Hyphenation and Ligatures, and their overall effects on your documents here in Pages '09.
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