8 Replies Latest reply: Jan 19, 2013 5:04 PM by Jeff Shenk
kleptix Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I am using Pages '09 (v 4.3) and am having a devil of a time trying to get a 'white colored' page number to show up over a colored object that is streched over the sheet/paper to provide a color background. The problem seems limited to only when I want to use white, as any other color in the palette will show (assuming that there is enough contrast between the background color and selected page number color). I'm seeing this problem in a sheet where I want to use a black background with white text in the body (no issue there) and a white colored page number. Anyone else seen this? Or perhaps I have missed something simple?


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  • 1. Re: Can't see 'white' colored page number on colored object/paper
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,645 points)

    Is it white or is it transparent?

     

    How have you applied the color?

     

    Peter

  • 2. Re: Can't see 'white' colored page number on colored object/paper
    Yellowbox Level 5 Level 5 (4,580 points)

    kleptix,

     

    Insert a rectangle shape into the body of the page. Set fill to black and resize to just the page (don't cover the Footer). Send to Background. Set body text to white. Set Footer text to white with a black Background Fill for the Paragraph.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-01-19 at 5.44.27 PM.png

     

    Ian.

  • 3. Re: Can't see 'white' colored page number on colored object/paper
    kleptix Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Peter - I've attached a screen grab to try and illustrate what I am seeing/doing. I am selecting the text color from the format bar icon designated as 'text color' and selecting the second from the top left box (solid white, as opposed to the upper left most white block with a diagonal red line). I have the page number in the footer highlighted while selecting the color. Once the 'white' color is selected though, and the highlighting of the footer is gone, then the page number can not been seen. Thoughts?

    Pages Screen 1 - Version 2.jpg

  • 4. Re: Can't see 'white' colored page number on colored object/paper
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,645 points)

    Is it there when you zoom in?

     

    Is it there if you increase its point size?

     

    Is it there if you change the font?

     

    Have you tried using white from the Color Picker?

     

    What is the Opacity of the text in the Graphic Inspector?

     

    If you are really stumped, click on my blue name and email me the file.

     

    Peter

  • 5. Re: Can't see 'white' colored page number on colored object/paper
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    I have now tried to add a shape with colour to the background. It is true that you can't add header or a footer content even when the background is send to the back. What I think is the major problem is that the shapes in Pages is also text boxes. You can write in a Shape just like in a text box.

     

    1. The way around this would be that you create all your text first > then change the text colour to white > then add a Shape which you send  to the background.

     

    2. I had problems making my first thought work which was Put the wanted Shape on the document > adjust it to fill the whole page > Send to background > Format / arrange / Capture page. It finally did work but I really can't explain why it did when it first didn't

     

    3! What I found out during the testing is that you have to click outside the page. To do that you have to widen the window a little so you can see the grey background. Click on the background and then click on the footer and the insertion point should start blinking!!!!! It is a matter of having the right layer active which isn't obvious in Pages. You still need to Send to the Background to make this work.

  • 6. Re: Can't see 'white' colored page number on colored object/paper
    kleptix Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Yellowbox - I grant you that your suggestion does technically work, however it suggests/requires that the footer be at the bottom most edge of the page. Since my footer does not extend to the bottom of the page edge (or left and right edges for that matter), I will have to create three more color fill boxes around the footer space and then use the paragraph fill option that you suggest to match it all up. Thank for the help.

  • 7. Re: Can't see 'white' colored page number on colored object/paper
    kleptix Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Peter -

     

    Is it there when you zoom in? No amount of zoom or lack thereof changes the situaiton.

     

    Is it there if you increase its point size? Nope.

     

    Is it there if you change the font? Nope.

     

    Have you tried using white from the Color Picker? Yes, no matter how white is selected the end result is the same.

     

    What is the Opacity of the text in the Graphic Inspector? Text does not have an opacity option/selection. Perhaps you are asking what the Opacity is of the solid color I am trying to set as the background, in which case it is 100%.

  • 8. Re: Can't see 'white' colored page number on colored object/paper
    Jeff Shenk Level 4 Level 4 (2,115 points)

    Text does have an Opacity setting, but it's in the Color Picker, not the Graphic Inspector.

     

    For me, white text is working the same in the header and footer as it is in the body of the document; not sure why it isn't for you.