Join David Rivers for an in-depth discussion in this video Creating styles, part of Pages 5 Essential Training.
On occasion, you may not want to simply modify an existing style, but create your own style so you have both versions to chose from when working on a Pages document. So let's talk about creating your own styles now, and we'll continue working with our company bio document we started in previous chapters. If you skipped to this movie open up NOBio0403. Next, if you're like me and you're viewing the invisible characters, go to the View menu and hide those invisibles by clicking Hide Invisibles.
All right, so we've already modified a style. The heading style that we see here for mission statement, Heading 2, has been updated. But what if we want the old version as well? Or maybe another version of the Heading 2 style that we would use in different parts of our document? Well, in that case, we need to create our own and we can do that on the fly. Let's say, for example, Mission Statement needs to look a little bit different. Well, we can click and drag across to highlight it and start making those adjustments over here in our Text Inspector.
So maybe it should also be italics, we'll do that. Notice that we've just modified the Heading 2 style and we could update it, but that's not what we want to do this time. We want to keep this style and have the other style as well. I'm going to change the color too by clicking the Color drop-down to an even lighter shade of gray. There we go. So, this would be Heading 2 version B, maybe let's say, or we could give it our own name, and the way we do that is to go up to the drop-down next to the style name here in our Text Inspector and click the plus sign.
This is where we go to create a paragraph style. You can see by default it's been given a name, heading, and a number. Yours might be 2, 3, it depends on how many you have, but we can type right over that and call it our own. I'm going to call this Shaded Heading 2, like so. And when I press Enter, I now have a new style to choose from on my Style List. And if I go to Company Description, for example, click in there, and click the drop-down. Instead of Heading 2, I might want Shaded Heading 2.
Look at that. Beautiful. But I still have the old version if I want it. There's Heading 2. So I didn't just modify that style. I created a brand new one based on the changes. So that's how we create them, but keep in mind that when you create your own styles, you're creating them for the document you're working on. If we were to go up to File > New, or use Cmd+N on the keyboard, and start a new blank document, which is what we used to create the document we're working on, clicking Choose will give us a blank page.
And if we go over to the Text Inspector here under Format and click the drop-down, you'll notice that we're missing that heading, that Shaded Heading 2 version that we just created. So, they don't carry over to new documents. Let's close this up. So what if you wanted to create a new document and have those options, have those created styles available to you in another document? Well, then it gets tricky. There's no more importing of styles here in Pages, but there is another way around. We'll tackle that next.
- Opening, editing, and saving documents
- The basics of document setup
- Customizing the user interface
- Using auto-correction preferences, spell check, and Find and Replace
- Laying out a document with headers, footers, page numbers, and more
- Modifying templates
- Adding objects
- Formatting tables and using table calculations
- Exploring chart types and importing charts
- Printing documents
- Exporting to PDF, Word, and plain text
- Commenting on documents and tracking changes
- Sharing documents with others