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How to Use a Different Custom Page size for each page?

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I am in Pages and I want to create a different custom page size per page.  I am creating a handout and I want it to be layered with the page bellow the top one a .5 inch longer so I can have a title bar stick out.  I have created the custom pages, but Pages won't let me pick a different page size per page.


Is there a way to get around this?


I've created a screencast to show you what is happening.


Well the video button uptop is broke and won't let me add the video, of course.


So you will have to piece the link together:


youtube com / watch?v=uRLUoI5377E

Mac Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,095 points)

    Page size (and orientation) is a global setting within a document—it applies to all pages.


    What is the purpose of the 'title bar'?


    If it's simply to make page two's title visible, place that title in a Text box at the bottom of page 1. If you want to move to Page 2 by clicking on the page 2 title, make the first word or phrase on Page 2 a Bookmark, then make the Page 2 Title text on Page 1 a hyperlink connected to that bookmark.


    Check out the Link Inspector and the Pages '09 User Guide for details. The guide may be downloaded via the help menu in Pages.




  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,230 points)

    Barry is correct.


    All pages have to be the same size.


    You can always make them the larger size and trim away the excess on the shorter one as that is how the printer will do it anyway.



  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,095 points)

    You're correct. I went off track when I offered a suggestion for an on-screen version.


    The first line of my response still applies, though. It's a global setting within the document.


    You can define different pages sizes for different documents, though, so a possible method of accomplishing what you want is to make each page a separate document and define a different page size for each of those documents.


    Or you could place all pages in the same document, set the page size for the document to the largest size needed, then use a separate Layout for each page and set the bottom margin to use only as much of the page as needed for that page of the printed document (or just insert a page break at the appropriate location.


    You haven't said whether you are printing to different sized sheets or to sheets of the same size, then trimming to size after printing, but it shouldn't matter to the suggestions above. My printer, a consumer model, has no problem accepting a sheet of paper that is shorter vertically than the page size set in Pages (or other application), printing the portion of the (application) page that is used, then spitting out the page and pulling up the next one when Pages sends the page break inserted in the document or triggered by the bottom margin.




  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,230 points)

    He is not incorrect. That is the way Pages works and you have to create the project the way any sensible person will to achieve the end result. The same thing applies to your project as if it went to a commercial printer.


    You will not print to odd sizes of paper, or if you do it will misalign.


    Jumping up and down, just because the answer isn't what you want to hear, won't change anything except make us avoid you in future.


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