5 Replies Latest reply: Nov 24, 2012 7:34 PM by ttibsen
ttibsen Level 1 (0 points)

I know that in Pages you can use Inspector to set the Height and Width of an object but quite often I would like to expand or reduce an object's size by a percentage amount. Can this be done in Pages?





  • fruhulda Level 6 (15,120 points)

    No there isn't.

  • VikingOSX Level 6 (15,701 points)

    There is no scale slider or entry where you can manipulate image or object size by a scaling factor (e.g. 1.25). Though no equivalent exists in Preview.app, it will allow you to manipulate the dimensions and dpi, while displaying the scaling percentage and storage size.


    Image object


    In Pages, single-click the object. Edit -> Copy. Now launch Preview, and File > New from Clipboard.


    Menu > Tools > Adjust Size ...


    Export as new image object, and replace back in Pages.




    Same as above, except you can't use the Adjust Size until it the Shape is exported as an image object, then reopened in Preview.

  • Jerrold Green1 Level 7 (29,960 points)



    Select the object.


    In the Metrics Inspector check the box for Constrain Proportions.


    Make a note of the Width measurement, multiply it by the percentage you seek, type the new width into the Width box.





  • VikingOSX Level 6 (15,701 points)

    Another option, outside of Preview, is a simple Automator application. Drag and drop (or interactively) choose a file for scaling, open the file, make a copy of it in a resized folder, and then be prompted for the percentage of scaling you wish to apply. Then put the finished image back in Pages.


    The following article provides the steps to create an Automator application that does the above on single or multiple files. On the next to last bullet, where you deal with the scale image action, the selection offers pixels or percentage. You also want to select Options at the bottom of the Scale Image action, and enable show this action when the workflow runs. This will make this dialog pop-up so you can modify the scaling factor.


    I named my Automator application Resizer and placed it on the desktop. I created a folder called Resized, and also placed it on the desktop, for convenience. I did not use the optional steps offered in the article.


    http://www.ernieflores.net/osx-page-2/batch-resize-pictures-in-mac-os-x-using-au tomator/

  • ttibsen Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks to all for the effort you put into those detailed responses. While I'm a bit disappointed that there wasn't a Percentage scale hidden somewhere in Inspector - you have given me excellent alternatives.