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create equal columns in Pages

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daniel.remin Calculating status...
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May 21, 2013 9:40 PM

Hello all,


Well once again I find myself turning to the greatest forum on the internet. HELP.....


I am trying to create columns in Pages, but when I do, they are not equal (refer to image). Whatever I do just does not work, how do I get them to be the same?


Thanks in advance.



************  UPDATE  *************


I found out that when the uneven column on the right was created, all I had to do was create a dummy bullet line above and then delete it. This allowed the formating of a new line to remain in place and therefore create even columns. It seems a bit silly that an additional step like this is required, maybe I did something wrong setting it up, if anyone has a solution to my original problem, please let me know.



MacBook Pro, OS X Mountain Lion (10.8.1)
  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,725 points)
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    May 21, 2013 9:54 PM (in response to daniel.remin)

    To me it looks like they have the same width.

    If the problem is that the text is starting on different lines it would have helped if you had shown the invisible characters and also shown the layout

  • Yellowbox Level 4 Level 4 (3,900 points)
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    May 21, 2013 10:08 PM (in response to daniel.remin)

    Hi Daniel,


    Page 50 of the Number'09 User Guide explains how to define columns. Download the Guide from the Help Menu in Pages. Inspector > Layout Tab > Layout Button shows details of the columns.


    To see the column margins, View > Show Layout:


    Screen Shot 2013-05-22 at 2.55.39 PM.png

    The blue upside-down triangles on the ruler show left and right margins for Column 1 (the active column where the cursor is). If you thought they were the left margins of both columns, I can see why the columns appeared unequal.


    When setting columns, the default is that they are equal. Hope this helps.




  • Yellowbox Level 4 Level 4 (3,900 points)
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    May 22, 2013 3:00 AM (in response to daniel.remin)

    Hi Daniel,


    Thanks for the feedback and greenie. I don't know what is going on with bullets causing unequal column widths. Please post a screen shot of that part of your document with View > Show Invisibles. That may help Pages Gurus see if it really is a bug, or if there is a simple answer.


    After reading your reply (where you called me a champ) I tried your idea of two tables within Layout Breaks. A humble confession: this is the first time I have used Layout Breaks (Gasp!).


    Thank you for teaching me something new.





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