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How do I delete a template in Pages?

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Arantha Calculating status...
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Jan 31, 2013 11:13 AM

I'm working on OS 10.8.2 and have searched all the discussions for help on this but the information given does not seem relevant.

 

I managed to find the "application support" and then iWork, pages BUT there are no folders names "templates" for me to delete the ones that I no longer want.

 

I am obviously missing something somewhere.

 

Can someone please give me an idiots guide. It was so much easier on my old Mac

MacBook Pro (13-inch, Mid 2012), OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.2)
  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,215 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 12:35 PM (in response to Arantha)

    Arantha,

     

    You were in the wrong Application Support folder. There are multiple folders - one for the System and one for each User. The Templates are stored in each User's area.

     

    To get to yours, switch to the Finder App, (click on the Desktop or on the Finder Icon). Hold down the Option key while you look in Finder's Go menu. While you press Option, your User Library folder will appear in the Go menu.

     

    Select that Library folder and then navigate to the Templates folder following the path you described above.

     

    Jerry

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,775 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:27 PM (in response to Arantha)

    It is the Alt key. You have the press it and hold it down while you click on the Go menu. If you do it right you will see the word Library in the menu.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,360 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 9:29 PM (in response to Arantha)

    Switch to Finder by clicking on the desktop or command tabbing to it.

     

    Option = ALT, it is labelled as such on the key, which is between the Control and command keys.

     

    In Finder hold down the Option key > Menu > Go > Library

     

    Peter

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,360 points)
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    Jan 31, 2013 11:38 PM (in response to Arantha)

    I agree.

     

    There are a string of things like this that need fixing in Pages.

     

    Menu > Pages > Send Pages Feedback

     

    and let Apple know.

     

    Peter

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,215 points)
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    Feb 1, 2013 5:16 AM (in response to Arantha)

    Arantha,

    Arantha wrote:

     

    Thanks for taking the time to answer me Jerry

     

    Firstly - I assume by "Option" key you mean the ctrl key? (or is it the alt key?)

     

    either way, I tried both to no avail

     

    I clicked on Finder face and held down ctrl and got a menu whch included "Go to folder"

     

    I clicked on that and I get no options or Go menu - just a box headed "Go to the folder" If I start typing User Library it tells me this folder cannot be found.

     

    *shrug*

     

    I am at a total loss

     

    With a few exceptions, the things in your User LIbrary folder should be left alone. That's why they made it difficult to find, but only if you don't know where to look. Deleting custom templates is one of the exceptions. Once you realize that even Finder has a list of menu categories across the top of its window and you find the one named "Go", it's not that difficult. If you find that you need regular access to your Library folder, you can drop an alias into the Favorites pane in the Finder window and it will only be a click away.

     

    Jerry

  • jesseg55 Calculating status...
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    Feb 15, 2013 9:13 AM (in response to Jerrold Green1)

    Hi Jerry,

     

    I have gone through the procedure however once I am in library there is no listing for Templates.  ANy thoughts?

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,775 points)
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    Feb 15, 2013 9:29 AM (in response to jesseg55)

    Are you sure you are in the Users Library? If so open Application Support> Iwork > Pages >My tempaltes

  • DukWings Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 5:54 AM (in response to Arantha)

    Thanks to all for helping with this.  Like Arantha, I never would have found this based on the Pages documentation.  Arantha, I feel your pain!  Hang in there!

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,775 points)
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    Mar 19, 2013 6:38 AM (in response to DukWings)

    It is right. The Pages User Guide only says:

    To delete a custom template, in the Finder navigate to the folder in which you saved

    the template, and drag the template to the Trash.

     

    I presume Apple can't understand the Users want to delete anything!

  • Andrew Sillis Calculating status...
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    Jul 2, 2013 2:24 AM (in response to Jerrold Green1)

    Perfect!

     

    I've read a dozen pages trying to answer this question.

    Yours was the answer which worked,

    and didn't tell me I was an idiot when the fix descriptions didn't match the reality of my system!

     

    Thanks Jerrold!

  • Skydog5 Calculating status...
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    Jul 27, 2013 5:57 PM (in response to fruhulda)

    Thanks you very much frhulda. I too could not figure out how to delete a template I saved by mistake. Your tip rescued me --I figured it out after finding your tip about Finder-go-+option key-Application support-iwork-pages-templates. Whew. Maybe if Apple just enabled the plain old delete option it would save a lot of teeth grinding and agrivation. Larry

  • HiCap1 Calculating status...
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    Oct 11, 2013 10:14 AM (in response to Skydog5)

    Skydog5, I think you left out two steps.  On my wife's new MacAir, after the go-+option key click on Library and then Application Support, and after Templates click on My Templates, and then select the offending file for the trash.

     

    The string is therefore Finder>Go+ Option Key>Library>Application Support>iWork>Pages>Templates>My Templates, make your selection, send to Trash and Bob's your uncle.

     

    HiCap1

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