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A template that I created and use frequently doesn't allow me to place the cursor anywhere in the text.

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Nov 21, 2012 8:56 AM

Instead of placing the cursor, a text box is created.  I have recreated the template a few times, but this still occurs.  I have to place the cursor elsewhere in the document and use the arrow keys to naviagate.  Very frustrating.  Any advice?   Thank, Elissa

Pages, Mac OS X (10.7.5)
  • Barry Level 7 Level 7 (29,095 points)

    Hi Elissa,


    Nothing is coming to mind. May I take a look at the template itself? My address is available in my profile—click my name above this message.




  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,830 points)

    You have opened a Page Layout document. Instead open File > New template chooser and select the Word Processing document.

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,270 points)



    The Template Chooser is divided into two general categories; Word Processing and Page Layout. If you selected a template from the bottom half of the list, it was a Page Layout template. The two halves of the list are clearly labeled, but the labels are easy to overlook.



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

    Hi Elissa,


    Received the template and have taken a look at the document it produces on opening.



    Observations (and changes) noted:


    I received a warning on opening the document¸—a normal one noting the the Garamond font is not available on my machine. For viewing, Garamond appears to have been replaced by Lucida Grand. I suspect this was a temporary replacement, but if not, you should not have a great deal of trouble re-replacing LG with Garamond to restore the original format.


    The temolate is for a Word Processing document.


    I activated the Layout view (View menu > Show Layout) to get an idea of the structure.


    Top of Page:

    The part of the page running from the sunflower and logo down to “Subject & Description” is a table, placed as an Inline object in the Page Header. Typing into a table requires a click to select the cell, then a second click to place the insertion point in the cell to allow typing. The second click should be at or after the point you want the text to start.


    The blank line beneath the Table can be typed in directly, but anything entered there will appear on every page.


    Bottom of Page:

    Similar to the top. Prepared…, Aproved...,Date… and Page… are in a single row Table inserted in the Footer. Two clicks, as described above are needed to enter/edit text. The Page No. and page count numbers are generated automatically, and will increment as pages are added to the document. The empty line below the table is a text line in the Footer, and behaves much the same as described above.


    Between tot and bottom:


    The space between is a standard word processing document. Three of the Headings, Purpose:, Scope:, and Procedures: are each followed by four returns, which serve to separate that heading (and the text to follow) from the next heading; the fourth, Resources: is the end of the text in this part, with no visible or invsible chanracters following.


    The Spanner in the Works:


    In the template as opened, there is a pair of overlapping Text boxes in front of the Heading text, shown in the image below. One of these is probably the text box you describ above as "being created" when the user clicks on the document:

    Picture 19.png

    These are probably what is keeping you from placing text on the document, at least in this location.



    Deleted the two text boxes noted above.

    Added two returns after “Resources:” to place the start of text a line below this heading to match the previous three.

    Saved the result as a Pages document, with Show Invisibles checked.


    I've returned the revised file to your email address.


    After opening the document, you will need to save it as a template to change it to a reuseable template and place it in your Templates folder. Using the same name as your previous template will cause this one to replace the old one—a procedure I do not recommend. Using a different name will keep both available. If you find therecvised one fills your needs, then it is a good time to delete the old one.





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