10 Replies Latest reply: Mar 4, 2013 9:22 AM by Peggy
Reuben Feffer Level 2 (205 points)

I have a simple question. How do you set an image to be the background of a Pages '09 document? How do you put a JPG image behind your regular body text? Surely it's possible, but I can't figure out how to do it.

iMac, Mac OS X (10.6.7), 21.5-inch, Mid 2010, 3.2GHz
  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)

    Insert the image you want & position it, make any changes, etc.


    1) Using word procession: If you want it to repeat on all pages, go to Format > Advanced > Move Object to Section Master. If you just want it on the one page you can move the object to be a background object using the Arrange menu or the wrap inspector.


    2) Using page layout. You'll need to capture the page. I rarely use page layout, so I suggest searching the forum for 'capture.'


  • fruhulda Level 6 (15,120 points)

    Take a good look in the Arrange menu

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  • Reuben Feffer Level 2 (205 points)

    Perfect. Such a simple answer. That's exactly what I was looking for, but couldn't figure out how to do.

  • detroitlights Level 1 (0 points)

    I had the same question. When I inserted a photo under the media tap, this worked great. But, when I copied and pasted an image into the document the "send object to background" option was greyed out. I tried saving it as an image and opening it in a new document, and even tried another clip art, but it will never give me the option to send to background. What am I doing wrong?

  • Level 8 (41,790 points)

    You just didn't took care to the status of your picture.


    It was an inline one


    Change its status to floating and the menu item is no longer grayed.



    This kind of features are described in Pages User Guide which is also for you


    Yvan KOENIG (VALLAURIS, France) mercredi 13 juillet 2011 22:40:00

    iMac 21”5, i7, 2.8 GHz, 4 Gbytes, 1 Tbytes, mac OS X 10.6.8

    Please : Search for questions similar to your own before submitting them to the community


    To be the AW6 successor, iWork MUST integrate a TRUE DB, not a list organizer !

  • Zebbler Level 1 (0 points)

    This doesn't work for me still... I select my image, go to inspector / object placement - and "floating" is greyed out.
    There's no other floating anything anywhere.... And both "send object to background" and "move object to section master" are greyed out.

  • fruhulda Level 6 (15,120 points)

    It sound as you have a Page Layout document and not a Word Processing document which is shown in the image above.

  • Barry Level 7 (29,990 points)

    Hi Zebbler,


    What type of pages document are you using—word processing or page layout? The type will be identified in the title bar at the top of the window.


    Page Layout documents do not have a text layer, nor do they have a Background layer. All objects are floating.

    Each 'page' is also a separate Section.


    Word Processing documents have both a Background layer and a Text layer. Objects can be inserted into the Text layer (as inline objects), or can be made to float above the text layer (as Floating objects). Floating ovjects may be moved to the Background layer, and from there may be moved to the Section Master to appear on all pages in a Section.




  • fruhulda Level 6 (15,120 points)

    The document type will only be identified if you have Page 4.0.5 or earlier.

  • Peggy Level 8 (38,635 points)

    Since the document type was removed from the title bar you can determine which type you have by looking at the toolbar. Clicking on the icon or the insert menu will say Section if it's a word processing document or Pages if it's a page layout document.


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