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Turn off capitalisation of "I"?

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Dec 10, 2012 3:51 AM

I just started using Pages (switched from Neooffice/MS Word). While I love the way it deals with many things, this one things really bugs me. Since I am multilingual, I use a variety of languages when writing, although my main software language is UK English (which is what I want). BUT - Sometimes I have to write a letter or something in my native language, Norwegian. In this language, the letter "i" is in fact a whole word on its own, and it seems I cannot turn off the capitalisation of just this one letter without also turning off all capitalisation. This is just too ridiculous for me. Surely there must be a solution to this simple problem?


If it means that I have to switch languages every time I want to write in a separate language, that is something that should not be necessary as long as Norwegian does not have its own dictionary in Pages, or as long as it is such an intricate operation to switch. The list of auto correct options for symbols etc does not have i/I as options either, and this frustrates me because I keep not seeing that I missed fixing it by "undo" (yes, I know about cmd+Z).


Anyone know of a solution without switching languages? And if not, where can I report this problem? The only capitalisation that I want is the one that automatically corrects lower case with uppercase at the beginning of a new sentence. This was so easy to set in Neooffice, that I cannot believe it is not an option in Pages.


Hope you guys can help! I have found the solution to my problem many times on these forums, and I have high hopes that there are some experts out there for anything.



MacBook, Mac OS X (10.7)
  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 5:13 AM (in response to tineline)

    Are you unaware that you can add things to autocorrection using the plus button at the bottom?


    You don't have to change the OS language to change the spellcheck, that is done via Inspector > Text > More > Language.


    You can add a Norwegian dictionary


  • VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (4,685 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 6:39 AM (in response to tineline)

    I would support Tom's advice.


    Additionally, if you are willing to give up all auto-capitalization in a sentence or after a full stop, you can turn off the “Fix capitalization” setting in Pages preference: Auto-Correction Preferences.


    This permits an isolated ‘i’ without automatic case promotion to capital.

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 7:01 AM (in response to tineline)

    tineline wrote:


    I read somewhere that an update to pages might fix my problem. Does anyone know which update that would be? I would be very grateful.


    Nobody in these forums can tell you anything about Apple's update plans.  Unfortunately Pages seems to rarely get fixed -- there is a long list of bugs outstanding.  But you can ask at



    It seems like there should be some way to do what you want, I will look further...

  • Tom Gewecke Level 9 Level 9 (70,815 points)
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    Dec 10, 2012 8:02 AM (in response to tineline)

    Two ideas:


    1) Use this app to change Pages only to Norwegian more easily



    2) Navigate to this .plist file and see if it can be edited to omit the i > I feature


    Macintosh HD/Library/Application Support/iWork/'09/Frameworks/SFWordProcessing.framework/Versions/A/Resources/En glish.lproj/AutoCorrect.plist

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,725 points)
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    Dec 12, 2012 6:37 AM (in response to tineline)

    Uncheck "Fix capitalisation" in the Pages preferences > Auto correction!!!


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