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changing background color in pages

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coluch5 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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May 10, 2011 3:07 PM

hello,

 

i've seen all the answers to posts re: changing the background color of a document in pages. i have created a shape in the color i want and then made it the same side as the page itself. the problem is, when i try to add another page to the document by copying and pasting the thumbnail, it adds a white page that it inserts after the page i've copied. and i can't just delete it because it merges with the page before it. does anyone know how to work around this? i am assuming walt does...

 

thanks!

  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,095 points)
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    May 10, 2011 6:32 PM (in response to coluch5)

    Hi c,

    i've seen all the answers to posts re: changing the background color of a document in pages. i have created a shape in the color i want and then made it the same size as the page itself.

    Have you then:

     

    1. Moved the object (shape) to the background (Arrange menu)?

    2. Moved the object to the Section Master (Format > Advanced > Move...)?

     

    the problem is, when i try to add another page to the document by copying and pasting the thumbnail, it adds a white page that it inserts after the page i've copied. and i can't just delete it because it merges with the page before it.

     

    This is unusual behaviour. When I select the page thumbnail of a single page word processing document, then either Copy then Paste it or Duplicate it, the result is a copy of the page (including the coloured background shape) added as a new Section. The page (and section) can be deleted by selecting it and pressing delete (and confirming that I really do want to delete this section).

     

    Are you doing anything differently from what I've described?

     

    Regards,

    Barry

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,215 points)
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    May 11, 2011 12:05 AM (in response to coluch5)

    coluch5 wrote:

    ... does anyone know how to work around this? i am assuming walt does...

     

    We're going to have to fire up the Bat-Phone and give Walt a call.

     

    I agree with Barry that there's something fishy about your description of the problem. There's no such thing as selecting and copying a thumbnail in Pages. When you click on a thumbnail, two things happen: You select the Section that the thumbnail is in and your view of the document jumps to the page of the thumbnail.

     

    Jerry

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,360 points)
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    May 11, 2011 1:17 AM (in response to coluch5)

    Speaking on behalf of Walt

     

    You can copy and paste page thumbnails in both Layout and Word Processing mode.

     

    The problem the O.P. is encountering is probably due to wrap on the image causing an invisible to pop the page and create what appears to be a blank page after.

     

    Of course this is the wrong way to go about creating a sequence of pages with backgrounds.

     

    The background colored box should have wrap turned off

     

    Inspector > Wrap > uncheck Object causes wrap

     

    Menu > Arrange > Send Objects to Background

     

    and be moved to master objects:

     

    Menu > Format > Advanced > Move object to section master

     

    This will now appear as the background to every page in that section.

     

    To reuse the design:

     

    Menu > Format > Advanced > Capture Pages…

     

    Peter

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,215 points)
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    May 11, 2011 6:07 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    PeterBreis0807 wrote:

     

    Speaking on behalf of Walt

     

    You can copy and paste page thumbnails in both Layout and Word Processing mode.

    Sure you can, Peter, but in the process you get all the other pages in the section. The question is moot in Page Layout mode.

  • Benway1 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Dec 29, 2012 5:40 PM (in response to coluch5)

    I have to say, this S***ks! Microsoft word does this so easily, [changing background color] for all pages, as many pages as you want, and you can just deselect and change as many as you want back to white at the end if you want.


    I wish there was a way to do this for all the pages easily without having to do the crazy, intensely / impossibly and   laborious "insert rectangle" thing all the time.

    Compared to how easy this is to do in word, that is a totally ridiculous solution [I don't mean that as a personal thing against the people suggesting the fix, I mean it's ridiculous not to have "Change background color" of any selected pages as a basic function in pages]


    I just want a black background while I'm typing, and a neutral colored text, because it's SO much easier on the eyes. Black text on bright white background is a killer on the eyes and causes me much more eye-strain / pain.

     

    And obviously by "inserting rectangle" on pages, it's not possible to just easily switch all the pages to white background and black text at the end when you want to print.

  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
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    Dec 29, 2012 8:09 PM (in response to coluch5)

    I just noticed where my presence was requested in May of last year. Sorry to be tardy, but I never got the call on the Bat-Phone.

     

    Anyway, I don’t like white on black so I probably wouldn’t have answered anyway. One of the problems with the usual solution is, if you want to print, you have to undo all that work. In thinking further about this, the solution I would choose for myself (no one else may want to do this) would be to change the screen to a negative image: Open System Preferences > Universal Access > Seeing > White on Black. (Perhaps a short-cut could be devised.) This wouldn’t affect the printing. If you’re just going to write and write and write, this may work for you. If you’re going to be inserting images, a short-cut would make it relatively easy to switch back and forth.

     

    For Benway1, I suggest he use the tool most comfortable for him: Word. This suggestion is not meant to be nasty, just practical. In Pages, it’s not an easy option.

     

    Walt

     

    I just went back and looked again. There is a short-cut: Control+Option+Command+8

  • Thor HoG Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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    Jan 23, 2013 4:54 PM (in response to Walt K)

    I tried all manner of things to get a dark background on pages by default (as an actual page color, not some shape put there) but I couldn't figure any way of doing it.  I even mucked about with the raw template data and got nowhere.  Even creating a document in Word with the actual background the way I wanted and importing didn't work.  It actually said "background colors are not supported so it was removed."   At that point I knew I was wasting my time.  Setting up a template with the old colored-shape trick was actually quite easy.  I had to get the shapes unselectable in the background, and new pages will be a trick, but that's the best I could find. 

     

    Flipping the colors as you (Walt) said "worked" but the text was all lithographically altered.  I've got 4 monitors, and the reverse color function applied it to all of them, so while it was trippy for a minute, it got old quickly.  For what it's worth, "TextWrangler" allows you to easily do this with fonts, colors, etc and even save them as "schemes."  I know, it's not Pages, but since I addressed that first, I thought an alternate suggestion might help. 

     

    t

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