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why, when I copy and paste a shape are the rest of the pages in the doc being deleted?

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I am trying to add an identical formatted shape below the first formatted shape, but when I select, copy, paste, it is deleting the following pages of the doc.  If I'm not careful, I will lose the rest of the doc.  What is going on? 


If I select the shape I want to copy, it is outlined in blue and under Arrange the Group/Ungroup options are greyed out. 

There is plenty of space for the new pasted image on the page and I just click below the original image being copied to paste it. 

And sometimes there is this thick blue line at the top of the page when copy/paste -> dissapear.  What is that?



Also, a pasted object always defaults to Inline instead of Floating, so a new image snaps to a grid.  Anyway to change that? 

MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    1. The Inline image is not snapping to a grid it is acting like a character in the text.


    2. To make the image floating first command click off the side of the page away from the text


    3. It sounds like you are copying nested tables from the Internet which contain the images.


    Try dragging images from web pages to your desktop first to shake off the formatting in the web page.


    It might help to construct your page with image boxes and drag the images to those, by default they are placeholders and you can make them floating if that is what you want.


    To duplicate anything option drag it.



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    Sorry I didn't notice that you are on iOS.


    There are two kinds of Pages documents, Word Processing and Layout.


    Word Processing documents have text on every page that automatically flows on to the next page if it does not fit on the current page. A page only is shown on screen if it has text on it. Floating objects don't count.


    If you have a complicated set of objects with wrap pushing text out of the way and text being consequently pushed over to the enxt page, odd things can happen as that text, which includes invisibles like returns, spaces, tabs, page breaks etc push over to the next page or flow back to previous pages as you move objects and make room for the etxt or not.


    Layout documents, do not auto flow from page to page. Each page is an individual section and things stay where you put them.


    It sounds like you may be better off using a Layout template for your work. Choose one from the Template/Document Chooser.



  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,740 points)

    If you are on an iPad there is a forum for iwork for iOs that can help you how it works on the iPad.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    It definitely does not sound like you are using a Layout mode template.


    Everything indicates that you are using shapes in a Word Processing template.


    And that you do have wrap set on your objects.


    What was the name of the template you used?



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,335 points)

    There is no simple way to convert Word Processing to Layout other than copy and paste.


    You can copy all the objects on a page and paste them across.


    Text you will have to do separately. You will need to link textboxes across pages to have the text flow in Layout mode.




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