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mabou Level 2 Level 2 (350 points)
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Mar 18, 2013 10:08 AM

I am absolutely shocked that there is no way to rearrange or delete individual pages within a section.


Please someone, tell me I have missed something.


I just created 30 graphically rich pages in a section (and it took a long time to do).  My client took a look and requested a few page deletions and rearranging a few pages.


This SHOULD be the simplest thing in the world.  Grab a thumbnail and drag it to a new location, select a page (in a section) and hit the delete key.


Please again, tell me it IS as easy as that... then point me in the right direction?



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  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,725 points)
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    Mar 18, 2013 10:38 AM (in response to mabou)

    When you use the word processing document you don't delete a page. You delete the content of the page. The document will adjust its pages to the remaining content. This is one of the ideas when using a word processor.  The document adjust to how much you add and vice versa. It isn't an old typewriter where you trash the page.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,285 points)
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    Mar 18, 2013 11:06 AM (in response to mabou)

    Use a Layout template instead of a Word Processing template if you do not want text to flow from page to page.


    The two are distinguished in the sidebar of the Template Chooser.


    You will however have to create textboxes to hold your text and if you choose to link those textboxes across pages you will be able to get yourself in a tangle still by shuffling the pages in a different order. As fruhulda has pointed out a computer is not a typewriter.


    To "convert" pages to sections all you need to do is the obvious, insert section breaks between them:


    click at the end of the prior page > Menu > Insert > Section Break



  • Yellowbox Level 4 Level 4 (3,900 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 4:22 AM (in response to mabou)

    Hi Mabou,


    I made this document from a blank Word Processing template (my favourite). It took me longer to compose this reply than it did for me to create the document.


    Screen Shot 2013-03-19 at 9.59.36 PM.png


    Add content to a blank document. When ready to start a new section,

    Menu > Insert > Section Break

    (not a Page Break).


    Add content, Section Break and so on.


    Menu > View > Page Thumbnails

    or choose from the View button on the ToolBar.


    Click on Thumbnail 2 to bring Section 2 into view on the screen.


    Menu > View > Show Invisibles

    This will show Paragraph marks, Tabs, Section Breaks...

    The blue line below Blah blah is the Section Break that separates Section 2 from Section 3.


    Using Thumbnails, you can:


    Press delete to remove the active Section.

    cmd x to Cut the active Section to the clipboard and Paste into another document.

    Drag the active Section to a new position within the document.


    Anything else that Word can do and Pages Can't?




  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,725 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 4:24 AM (in response to mabou)

    If you prefer Words behaviour use Word. Pages has another behaviour. Complaining in this forum doesn't help. You can complain to apple if you like

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,285 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 5:00 AM (in response to mabou)

    I suggested you insert a Section Break not a Page Break.


    A Section Break divides a document into Sections (Chapters).


    A Page Break simply jumps to the next page as its name suggests, without breaking a section, just as a line break jumps to the next line without breaking the paragraph.


    There is a logical series of breaks:


    Letter, word, tab, line, sentence, paragraph, column, page, section and document. With an additional Layout break which can cut across a page.


    Since text flows from page to page in a Word Processing document and breaks wherever it fits, even in mid word if hyph-enated, deleting pages would have the same effect as ripping pages out of a book.


    Preview is handling individual pdf pages, each an image. Deleting or shuffling those will tie any text flow into knots just as it would in the original document.


    If you had used a Layout template, as suggested, you would be able to delete a page along with its content. You seem to have a layout that doesn't have text flow across pages. The default in a Word Processing document is that text does flow across pages.


    If you had started with your usual Brochure or Flyer templates you would have had a Layout template, doing what you want, but somehow you have chosen a Word Processor template instead.



  • Yellowbox Level 4 Level 4 (3,900 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 5:03 AM (in response to mabou)

    Hi Matt,


    Thank you for this healthy discussion. When I read a question in these forums, I take it as a challenge to learn how to do it myself. Your question prompted me to try out things I had not done before. We learn from each other.


    Sorry that I thought you were one of those who use these forums to complain, to compare Word with Pages, and Excel with Numbers - and not really looking for an answer. But now I see you are not.


    Keep posting!




  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,285 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 5:41 AM (in response to mabou)

    program that the forum is based around.  I also hate trolls.  In looking back at my rant, I

    Hi Yellowbox,

    mabou wrote:

    can see that it would be easy for my complaint to be perceived that way.  I was just that Iissue, purpose of not allowing pages within a section to be rearranged or easily deleted. 

    need to spend time to do a workaround on a 30 page (one section) document.

    I get it.  I hate it when people use forums as a grandstand to say how much they hate the

    No more page breaks for me.  Section breaks will rule my day.

    Anyway, thanks again,


    section would work.

    Even with Peters excellent detailed answer above, I still don't understand what the

    the thumbnail drawer, regardless of the layout.  If my attempted deletion of a page (in a

    could result in text flow chaos (since pages knows when content flows from one matt

    reflow some content would take care of the potential problem.  But barring that If I can see a list of thumbnails, I should be able to rearrange or delete any page from

    seems that it 



    Dragging each line from your post to another, and deleting a few, shows just how easily the effect could be achieved.


    I repeat, use a Layout template. As you have previously.



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