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View Invisibles as default setting?

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coxorange Level 1 Level 1 (40 points)
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Dec 15, 2009 3:53 AM
Is it possible to set the default for new Pages documents to "View Invisibles"
using a terminal command line like "defaults write com.apple.iWork.Pages..."?

Thanks!
Mac OS X (10.6.2)
  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (14,830 points)
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    Dec 15, 2009 6:09 AM (in response to coxorange)
    That would be nice! I usually use Show invisibles. They are of great help.
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  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 Level 7 (28,270 points)
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    Dec 15, 2009 6:27 AM (in response to coxorange)
    c,

    Try creating a Template from a blank document with the View Invisibles turned on. Not sure this will work, but you can try it as easily as I can. I know that if I save a document with the View Invisibles option on, it opens that way the next time.

    Jerry
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  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,760 points)
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    Dec 15, 2009 7:50 AM (in response to coxorange)
    We may get this behavior if we create a custom template with this feature set.
    I looked in such a document ad found that the setting is stored in the property
    SFWPShowInvisiblesProperty
    Alas, when I installed such property in the preferences file, the newly created documents didn't reflect it.
    I searched in the inthebox templates, there is no such property so, I assume that this one is introduced by the application code itself.

    I guessed a way to force it by default thru the inthebox templates.

    Navigate to reach :
    Macintosh HD:Applications:iWork '09:Pages.app:Contents:Resources:Templates:Blank.template:index-iso.xml.gz
    or Macintosh HD:Applications:iWork '09:Pages.app:Contents:Resources:Templates:Blank.template:index-trad.xml.gz
    if you use American paper size.

    Double click to expand it
    rename the original ,file as
    backup_index-iso.xml.gz
    or
    backup_index-trad.xml.gz
    In the expanded file, search for the string
    "</sl:SFWPCTShowDeletedTextProperty>"
    Just after it, insert the string:
    "<sl:SFWPShowInvisiblesProperty><sl:number sfa:number="1" sfa:type="c"/></sl:SFWPShowInvisiblesProperty>



    Save the file.
    After that, every document created from this template will default to "Show Hidden Characters".

    If you are interested, I may write a script able to apply the trick to every inthebox templates.

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mardi 15 décembre 2009 16:50:23
    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !, Mac OS X (10.4.11)
  • Peggy Level 8 Level 8 (38,085 points)
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    Dec 15, 2009 9:45 AM (in response to coxorange)
    Unfortunately for those of us who would like templates to open with invisibles showing, the Pages engineers have decided we can't. There is a workaround, though, for templates you create yourself. Save the file as a Pages document with the invisibles showing & then change the extension in Finder to .template. Now the template will have invisibles showing.

    Of course, this doesn't work with the built-in templates, so I am just in the habit of typing ⌘ ⇧ i (& ⌘ ⇧ L for layout) when I open a template.

    I suggest you leave feedback for the Pages team regarding this. You can find it under the Pages menu > Provide Pages Feedback. That takes you to the same page as this link.

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  • elainfi01 Calculating status...
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    Feb 9, 2010 9:35 AM (in response to fruhulda)
    I have a OS X 10.2.6 and have accidentally turned on an invisible feature that shows little arrows and dots in the text. I must have accidentally used a shortcut by hitting keys and do not know how to turn this feature off in the menu bar. I am in a database. Any suggestions out there? Elaine
    OS X 10.2.8, Mac OS X (10.2.x)
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (27,450 points)
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    Feb 9, 2010 9:38 AM (in response to elainfi01)
    Are you talking about some other (unnamed) database program, or Pages?

    Since this is the Pages forum, we will assume it is Pages:

    +Menu > View > Hide Invisibles+

    Peter
    Aluminium iMac 24" 2.8Ghz, Mac OS X (10.5.8), The closest you'll ever get to there, is here.

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