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Joseph Becker Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
Is it possible in Pages '09 to create multiple text boxes on a page where the contents typed into one of the boxes would populate the other text boxes? Essentially, I want to link the text boxes -- similar to linking the values in multiple cells in a table -- so that I can enter text once that would be repeated in several text boxes. I know I can link text boxes to accommodate overflow text but what I want here is a substitution rule of some kind. Anyone with ideas?

MacBook Pro, Mac OS X (10.6.3)
  • Level 8 Level 8 (41,790 points)
    Joseph Becker wrote:
    Is it possible in Pages '09 to create multiple text boxes on a page where the contents typed into one of the boxes would populate the other text boxes? Essentially, I want to link the text boxes -- similar to linking the values in multiple cells in a table -- so that I can enter text once that would be repeated in several text boxes. I know I can link text boxes to accommodate overflow text but what I want here is a substitution rule of some kind. Anyone with ideas?


    I have a precise idea : *feature unavailable* !

    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mardi 27 avril 2010 22:24:47
  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,905 points)
    Welcome to Apple Discussions

    What you can do, if it suits your purpose, is to enter your text into one box, then select the box (not the text) and Option Drag to duplicate the box.

    Walt
  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,905 points)
    I should have mentioned that you can also select the box and type Command + D to make a copy.

    Walt
  • Joseph Becker Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Your precision is quite accurate. My own idea: feature desirable in a future release.

    Cheers,
  • Joseph Becker Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Thanks for the helpful tips. They'll be handy for creating one-off documents. Here I was looking for something that I could implement in a Pages Template. What I'm trying to do is create a paper check template where the info/values that I enter in text boxes for the top part of the check would be duplicated in text boxes in the bottom stub of the check.

    Anyway, thanks again.
  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,905 points)
    Create a 2 cell table. In the second cell enter the formula =A1. (Table Inspector, format button.) If you want the cells separated rather abutting, use more cells and enter the formula in the cell that’s where you want it to repeat on the page. You can hide the cell borders as needed.

    I’m sure you can expand on this to accommodate the info you need.

    Walt
  • Joseph Becker Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)
    Walt,

    Now that's a very clever idea -- thanks very much for the tip.

    Cheers,
  • Michael Spencer Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    Walt:

    Now THAT is clever, for sure.

    I'm in this thread because I think that what I want is quite similar: I simply want text to flow from one page to the next, from Page 1 to Page 2. If this is possible with text boxes I sure haven't figured out how to do it. Maybe it is and maybe there's another way?

    Michael
  • Walt K Level 4 Level 4 (2,905 points)
    Michael,



    Walt
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (33,740 points)
    Michael

    Download and read the Pages09_UserrGuide.pdf from under the Help menu.

    Peter
  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,120 points)
    In Word Processong mode the text flow from one page to the next. In Pay layout you have to use the linked text boxes.
  • Michael Spencer Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    Walt = Smart.

    Peter = Smart, too. Smarty aleck, tambien He's right though about reading the manual.

    While playing with it this morning, I did discover the method that Walt kindly demonstrated, and I did it the same way I usually solve Apple software problems: looking for a simple, intuitive way to make it happen (a great example is the creation of new folders in iOS4).

    I can't mark this as solved, Walt, but it IS solved for me, and thanks.

    Michael
  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (33,740 points)
    Michael

    This is such a fundamental task that I assumed the basic problem really was not reading up the instructions for usage.

    Although it would not be a cause for RTFM if Apple actually made clear purpose built tools for common tasks like selecting objects and linking textboxes.

    Apple is not simplifying things by hiding them.

    Peter
  • Michael Spencer Level 2 Level 2 (255 points)
    Hi Peter,

    I find myself taking a different view of this issue. Even though I needed help finding the feature, still, my sense of the technique used is on of smooth and intuitive elegance. It is true, though, that sometimes 'intuitive' becomes, in a sense, to mean 'hidden', which is the case here.

    Oh. And 'fundamental task'? Here again I find myself seeing this a bit differently. I am a longtime Pages user, but never used any templates, so of course the issue never came up.

    Either way, thanks for helping out so that I can paper the world with more drivel about design!

    www.msadesign.com

    Michael
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