Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 8:49 AM (in response to RBT1975)
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
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 4:23 PM (in response to RBT1975)
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.
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:
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.
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Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 7:40 PM (in response to VikingOSX)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 7:42 PM (in response to PeterBreis0807)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 13, 2013 9:57 PM (in response to RBT1975)
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2013 6:43 AM (in response to RBT1975)
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.
Currently Being ModeratedFeb 14, 2013 6:40 AM (in response to VikingOSX)
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.