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Can you launch a doc in Pages 5 with the formal panel closed?

248 Views 6 Replies Latest reply: Nov 14, 2013 5:42 AM by moebelli RSS
moebelli Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)
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Nov 12, 2013 6:11 AM

Driving me nuts, there's a number of Pages 5 documents that don't need to have anything but text edited and I don't need that side format box/panel to be open, which in smaller screens really uses up a lot of space.


Is there a way to open a document with that darn side panel closed?

iMac, OS X Mountain Lion
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,270 points)

    Go back to Pages '09 which should still be in your Applications/iWork folder.



  • PaddyD Level 1 Level 1 (85 points)

    Note that if you choose to go back to Pages 4.3, you'll need to either be very careful to open all Pages docs IN 4.3 or you may want to disable Pages 5 so that it doesn't open things by default, which it will do if you just double click on Pages files in the Finder with it installed. Either zip it, or turn it into a Disk image using Disk Utility, or move it to an external drive or USB stick.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,270 points)

    …and go to the App Store and rate/review Pages 5.



  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,270 points)

    Actually I have just tested Pages 5 and yes you can turn off the side panel by clicking on the Format icon (Paintbrush) top right.


    However since 95% of all your styling is only visible there, you will be turning it on and off a lot.


    You used to be able to show and hide the Inspectors with a keyboard shortcut in Pages '09, so that will still be your best option on your laptop.


    You raise a very valid point about the actual useability of the new UI.


    I disagree with the new User Interface for other reasons, principally it does such a poor job of showing the correct settings for users as needed, this just makes it one more reason to give it an F.




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