10 Replies Latest reply: Oct 11, 2007 5:01 PM by Peggy
PJCales Level 1 (0 points)
I have just iworks but I am thinking about getting iworks 06 if I can get it to do what I want. I like how pages works I am not great at it yet. I am trying to make a 4 page newsletter and would like to print it on 11 x 17 in paper with 2 pages on each side. That way I can fold it in half and have a 4 page news letter that is 8.5 x 11 in.

My question is can I print 2 - 8.5x11 pages on one 11x17 sheet? If so how??

PowerBook G4, Mac OS X (10.4.10)
  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions PJ

    There are a few ways to do this.

    The first two involve setting your Pages document in File > Page Setup… to landscape orientation.

    1a - Use linked text boxes. This is easier done with the layout showing. First you need to add a page break to have two pages. Click in the body area & then Insert > Page Break. Now click outside the layout area to enter object mode & click the "T" in the tool bar or Insert > Text to create a text box & type something in it. This is to keep the box from disappearing if you click elsewhere & the text can be replaced later. If you already have some text to paste in you can just paste while in object mode & a text box containing your text will be created. You will now need to click outside the layout again & drag the cursor toward the text box to select it. You can now position the first text box in the lower right of your 2-page document. It is easier to see where it goes if you have the document set up with 2 columns. Click on the blue-outlined tab at the lower right of the text box to create a new of the same size & move the box to the upper left. Repeat for a box for the upper right & again for the lower right. You will now have 4 linked text boxes.

    1b - Start as in 1a creating a 2-page document with 2 columns in landscape orientation. For this one you will use the body text area. Just type or paste your text in as normal, starting in the upper left. When you have your text done, cut all of the text in the first column (upper left), insert a column break after the last character on the now lower left column & paste the cut text after it in the now lower right column.

    Neither one of this will let you automatically use page numbers because Pages "sees" each page & you actually have 2 pages per page.

    2 - Use Cocoa Booklet to create a booklet with any number of pages (best in a multiple of 4). Create your Pages document in Letter-size as normal & then Export the Pages document to a PDF. Launch Cocoa Booklet & open its Preferences. In Paper Size set the Paper Format to "Personnalisé" with the Width 17 x Height 11 (measuring unit is set in a drop-down menu at the lower left of this preference window. Leave the default margins. In the Destination preference, select Yes for Add a suffix? to avoid overwriting your original PDF & click Save. The choices in the Options preferences are all left unchecked for your tabloid-size document. Then drag the PDF to the icon of Cocoa Booklet to will create a new PDF in booklet form.

    Cocoa Booklet is the easiest was to create booklets if you have more than 4 pages in the destination document. I modified my usual settings in Cocoa Booklet for a tabloid-sized booklet. If anyone wants my settings for a folded letter-size (or A4) booklet, please post a new thread & I will post those settings.

  • PJCales Level 1 (0 points)

    You are great. Can you answer all questions that well? LOL. If so boy do I have some for you.

    Thank you, CocoaBooklet is great. It took me 5 minutes to do what I wanted. Thank you so much.

    This is the first time I have used a form to find answers. I am glad I did.

    Thanks again,

  • DennisG Level 5 (6,455 points)

    Peggy's too humble to say it, but yes, she answers all questions that well.

  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)
    Thank you both for the compliments.


    Post any questions about Pages in this forum where you'll get the input from many users - including Dennis, who is very, very good

  • H.A.S.MAGAZINE Level 1 (0 points)
    Hi Peggy. I would like your settings for a folded letter-size (A4)booklet. Thanks so much!
  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)
    A4 is much easier to deal with than US letter for a folded booklet. Where A5 is half of A4, making a folded A4 two A5 pages on a side, a folded US letter page is not the same proportion as US letter.

    I set the Cocoa Booklet margins & gutters preferences all to zero &, in the Options preferences, the only thing I check is not to flip even pages.

    You will need to adjust the font size in your Pages document as the whole page will shrink for the final booklet. I find that working with my Pages document at 75% view, I get a good idea of the final size. It may take some trial & error to get the result you want. Since all the trial & error is done with PDFs, you're not wasting paper.

  • porphyroid Level 1 (0 points)
    Sorry to keep this one alive, but do you keep the paper size in Cocoa Booklet as US letter (even though you are using A5 and A4 as your guide), or do you actually use A4 paper when you print your booklets?

    Thanks in advance.
  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)
    I use US letter for my booklets. The Pages documents are US legal that shrinks down to half-letter very nicely. Using US letter for the Pages document left more white space than I wanted. For my church worship booklets I was able to go from 4 double-sided sheets to 3 without sacrificing any readability. I figured out how Cocoa Booklet would work for A4/A5 because that was what was asked.

    The OP (original poster) wanted to do 11" x 17" folded, something I hadn't tried myself, but I was pleasantly surprised how easy it was to do it in Cocoa Booklet.

  • porphyroid Level 1 (0 points)
    O.K., I guess I'll just have to muck around with it a bit.

    Thanks so much for coming back to this post.

    You are a gentlewoman and a scholar.
  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)
    Thank you for your kind words. I've learned a lot about Pages & Numbers here, especially when I "play" to figure out an answer.

    Feel free to post again if you have any questions, starting a new topic if necessary. There are several of us who regularly read all of the threads with new posts.