11 Replies Latest reply: Feb 17, 2013 12:51 PM by PeterBreis0807
RBT1975 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

I'm looking for a way to create a custom date format outside a Pages formatted cell. In other words, in text paragraphs, I need to be able to update the year only in a paragraph. Any ideas?


MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • 1. Re: pages custom date format
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,640 points)

    It would help if you said exactly what that format is that you are trying to do.

     

    Date formats are set in:

     

    System Preferences > Language & Text > Formats > Dates > Customize… > drag around or delete elements

     

    Peter

  • 2. Re: pages custom date format
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)

    If you are looking for the capability within Pages to insert a custom date field-code like the following, outside of a table, then I am not aware of how it can be done. I used LibreOffice 4.0 to produce the following image.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 7.09.55 PM.png

    When this was exported as a .docx file into Pages v4.3 on Mountain Lion, the YYYY format was replaced by a Pages date field. A right-button selection of this date in Pages offers an Edit Date & Time... menu item that produces the following panel:

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-13 at 7.15.46 PM.png

    There is no YYYY format customization on this panel within Pages.

     

    It is possible to write an AppleScript service that runs from your Pages > Services menu and scans your Pages document for a date to convert to a YYYY replacement format. You may not want that either.

     

    Did this answer your question?

  • 3. Re: pages custom date format
    RBT1975 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Since I'm looking for a YYYY date only, I think you answered my question. Pages can't handle that. Thanks for trying! I had come up with the same solution and was hoping someone else had a work around.

     

    Rick

  • 4. Re: pages custom date format
    RBT1975 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Peter,

     

    The original post said I was looking for year only, by which I meant YYYY with no day or month. I think I got my answer, and I think Pages can't do this. I know it can be done in Numbers, but apparently they did not make this available in all of the iWork suite applications.

     

    Thanks,

    Rick

  • 5. Re: pages custom date format
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    You said you where looking for updating year. You said nothing about not having month or day.

     

    If you look where Peter told you you can create an option with just the year!

    This is what it looks like in Pages when I Choose Date Format for the inserted Date and Time.

    Bild 2013-02-14 kl. 06.54.28.png

  • 6. Re: pages custom date format
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)

    Unfortunately, on Pages v4.3 on Mountain Lion, there is no YYYY format in the drop down date format menu. I looked before I posted, and checked again ... not there.

     

    Screen Shot 2013-02-14 at 9.16.22 AM.png

  • 7. Re: pages custom date format
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)

    Rick,

     

    Peter and Fruhulda inspired a revisit to my earlier post and I now concur with them that an embedded year field is possible within a paragraph with matching style. It would require the following changes for effect.

     

    In the System Language & Text preference, one can replace one of the existing (least used) date formats with strictly a year format. Subsequently, this year category does actually appear in the Edit Date & Time pop-up -- after double-clicking the inserted date & time field in the paragraph.

  • 8. Re: pages custom date format
    VikingOSX Level 5 Level 5 (5,505 points)

    Fruhulda,

     

    See my follow-up post below. Wanted to edit this response to reflect accuracy of Peter's original and your present post that pure year value can appear on Edit Date & Time pop-up with appropriate system preference changes.

  • 9. Re: pages custom date format
    fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,110 points)

    You've got it! You have to change the date option in the system preferences first, then you can get it in the date and time feature in Pages.

  • 10. Re: pages custom date format
    RBT1975 Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Brilliant! I had a chance to check this solution, and it worked. I never would have thorugh of that work around! Thanks to all who contributed...

     

    Rick

  • 11. Re: pages custom date format
    PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (29,640 points)

    Wish I'd have thought of that!

     

    Peter