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how to alphabetize a list in pages?

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Jul 2, 2013 2:06 PM

how can I alphabetize a list in pages?

iMac (27-inch Mid 2011), Mac OS X (10.6.8)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,320 points)
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    Jul 2, 2013 2:21 PM (in response to rfvgyt67)

    That is such a horrible and inaccurate expression. What you really want to do is sort a list, alphabetically or not:

     

    Apple has provided a useful hook in its system for snippets of code called Services  that do useful jobs like sorting and do it across applications, not just in one:

     

    http://www.freeforum101.com/iworktipsntrick/viewtopic.php?t=256&highlight=sort&m forum=iworktipsntrick

     

    Peter

  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
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    Jul 3, 2013 10:10 AM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Gee, Peter, where have you been since 1691? 

     

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    That from Miriam-Webster online dictionary.

     

    Walt

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,320 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 2:01 PM (in response to Walt K)

    Correct me if I am wrong but the Miriam-Webster dictionary is an American dictionary and there are innumerable examples in American English of misplaced and illogical application of the wrong word for the wrong usage.

     

    My point is that what users are doing is sorting, simply going by alphabetic order is only part of the function, there is also numeric order and all other stray characters beyond the alphabet.

     

    I can point you at Melville's usage of "fish" for whales, not quite 1691, but about as accurate.

     

    Peter

  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 2:11 PM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Even if you were right, you can't blame it on us. The U.S. wasn't here in 1691. Must have been the British.

     

    Walt

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,320 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 2:42 PM (in response to Walt K)

    Certainly not Australians, or either American or British we would have set them straight!

     

    "A horrible and inaccurate expression" is a horrible and inaccurate expression no matter what vintage.

     

    Listen up or write me on the ludicrous usage and omission of prepositions, and don't get me on the "don't know, haven't got a clue" use of the word "bugs".

     

    Peter

     

    btw I can find no source for that 1691 reference and being away from my home library, can't pursue it further. I am suspicious of the reference because every reference I have found so far redirects to "alphabetize" which is not a British spelling.

  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 2:55 PM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    btw I can find no source for that 1691 reference and being away from my home library, can't pursue it further. I am suspicious of the reference because every reference I have found so far redirects to "alphabetize" which is not a British spelling.

    A waste of time, my friend .We will continue to say it and you will continue to rail against it, all to no avail.

     

    Walt

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,320 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 3:02 PM (in response to Walt K)

    I write for wikipedia, "railing" is considered standard fact checking.

     

    Mind you this is posted from the alternate universe, where the Pailins and Bachmanns haven't yet  established "sounds like" and "feel" as the norm.

     

    Peter

  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,895 points)
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    Jul 4, 2013 4:21 PM (in response to PeterBreis0807)

    Wel,l I do feel sorry for you and all the limitations you are forced to live under. You evidently really envy us.

     

    Walt

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,320 points)
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    Jul 5, 2013 1:07 AM (in response to Walt K)

    Guess it must be envy. Certainly couldn't be exasperation.

     

    Peter

  • Yellowbox Level 4 Level 4 (3,900 points)
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    Jul 5, 2013 2:53 AM (in response to rfvgyt67)

    Hi rfvgyt67,

     

    I do not know how to sort a list. You can sort Rows in a Table (Pages User Guide, page 190).

     

    Start by  removing the bullets from your list, Copy then Paste into a Table:

     

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    Sort the Table, Convert it to text, then convert it to a List:

     

    1. Apple
    2. Banana
    3. Plum

     

    A long way round, but if you use that from scratch, it is quicker to do than for me to write about it.

     

    Download the User Guide from the Help Menu in Pages. Have a look at Inspector in the Guide. Very useful.

     

    Regards,

    Ian.

  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,730 points)
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    Jul 5, 2013 4:13 AM (in response to Yellowbox)

    Like Peter said using the Word Service from Devon technology will do the sorting.

     

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