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Bart De Mylle Level 1 (15 points)
How can I sort paragraphs alphabetically in Pages 09?

iMac 2.93 Ghz Intel Core 2 Duo, Mac OS X (10.5.7)
  • Level 8 (41,790 points)
    Download and instal the free WordServices from Devon Tech.

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France.) mercredi 19 août 2009 10:19:26
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,572 points)
    Bart De Mylle

    Once you have installed WordServices you will find them under:

    +Menu > Pages > Services > Format > Sort Lines Ascending/Descending+

    Along with all your other services.

    It will sort whatever you have selected and is available in all Cocoa applications.

  • BUNCHES Level 1 (0 points)
    Once I download WordServices, how do I "find it and use" it. I am trying to alphabetize a list of names.
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,572 points)
    You did notice the instructions just above?

  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)
    Download WordService from Devon Technologies, unzip (double-click) the file & then install it following the directions in the read me file. You will probably need to log out or restart your Mac for the services to be available. You will then have various options available under the Pages > Services menu. The various possibilities are dimmed in my screenshots because I have no text selected to apply the functions to.

    For anyone using Snow Leopard, added services like WordService, will need to be "activated" in System Preferences > Keyboard > Keyboard Shortcuts.

  • BUNCHES Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you for your answer, however I am still "stuck". I download WordService, but can't find out how to "install". You said to follow directions in the "read" file. Remember, I am NEW to Mac - Can you walk me through it?
  • pvonk Level 6 (13,722 points)
    The read me file includes the following:

    " Installation:
    Copy WordService into the directory "Services" (located in the Library folder of your
    home directory), then log out and log in again. If there's no such folder, just create
    one using the Finder."

    Use Finder to navigate to your home folder, then into the Library subfolder, then into Services subfolder.
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,572 points)
    Inside the WordService 2.7 download folder is a file called ReadMe.rtf double click it and it should open in Text Edit and says:

    +Copy WordService into the directory "Services" (located in the Library folder of your home directory), then log out and log in again. If there's no such folder, just create one using the Finder."+

    In the side bar on the lefthand side of every open Finder window should be a little house icon probably with your name next to it. This is your computer account.

    Click on it and find the folder labeled Library which should contain another folder called Services. If you don't have a Services folder create one:

    +Menu > New Folder > click on it and name it "Services"+

    Drag WordService.service from your downloaded WordService folder into the above folder. +Do not+ drag the whole folder in.

    Now you will find the contained services under every application (including Finder) menu (eg the Pages menu) in a submenu called Services. There are many services in the menu. The specific services you want are +Format > Sort Lines Ascending/Descending.+

  • BUNCHES Level 1 (0 points)
    Thank you - I can now "alphabetize"
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,572 points)
    And I have learnt another American word.

    Personally it sounds so wrong. It is really sorting, and to alphabetise or alphabetize is what I would call spelling something out, like writing out numbers in letters.

    But then Melville called whales fish, petroleum/benzene which is a liquid is called gas and every known creepy crawly is a bug which is actually a sub order of insects.

    As George Bernhard Shaw said, we are divided by a common language.

  • Walt K Level 4 (2,905 points)

    Alphabetizing is sorting in alphabetical order. You could sort by the number of letters in a word, or by nouns, verbs, adverbs, etc.

    See how logical American English really is?

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 (34,572 points)
    numbering is the sorting by numbers, not adding numbers to a list.

    randomizing is the alternate guessing of homonyms such as there/their/they're and to/two/too in text on the basis that one of them is bound to be right 1/3rd of the time.

    punctualizing is guessing where to place the apostrophe in abbreviations eg ca'nt spe'll wan't.

    verbalizing is taking nouns and making them impersonate other parts of speech.

  • Walt K Level 4 (2,905 points)
    Is that supposed to be Aussie English?
  • Level 8 (41,790 points)
    If I must choose between peter advice and Merriam-Webster's one, I hhoose the Mrriam-Webster advice which is:

    +Main Entry: al·pha·bet·ize+
    +Pronunciation: \ˈal-fə-bə-ˌtīz\+
    +Function: transitive verb+
    +Inflected Form(s): al·pha·bet·ized; al·pha·bet·iz·ing+
    +*Date: 1691*+
    +1 : *to arrange alphabetically*+
    +2 : *to furnish with an alphabet*+
    +— al·pha·bet·iz·er noun+

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mardi 13 octobre 2009 21:12:31
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