11 Replies Latest reply: Jun 23, 2014 10:40 AM by VikingOSX
Maztec Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

How do I show the status bar showing current page and page count? I do not need to see the full thumbnail bar.


In all prior versions of pages, I could look at the bottom of my window and see my current page and how many pages are in my document.  Now, I glance to the bottom, and I have no idea.  I cannot find any way to turn this on and turning on the thumbnails view does not show this to me at-a-glance because I have to scroll all the way down (through documents hundreds of pages long) to find out how many pages I currently have.


Please, what am I missing here, how can I make this show up again?


I mean a quick display here, not adding the page count and numbers to a documents footer.  Although, that would be one way for me to solve this issue, but I do not always want that.

MacBook Pro (Retina, Mid 2012), OS X Mavericks (10.9)
  • fruhulda Level 6 Level 6 (15,120 points)

    It might be the solution to  add page numbers. You can always delete them, I presume, when you have finished your document.


    If you don't need Pages 5.0 for iCloud communication why not use Pages 09 instead?. You should ahve it in your Applcations > iWork 09 folder.

  • Maztec Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I could, but that is just a pain in the neck and historically unnecessary.  I am using iCloud integration for working on documents together.  Too bad iCloud does not provide review changes yet.

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (33,560 points)

    You can Insert Page of Page Count from the + Icon (Insert) on the toolbar.



  • Maztec Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thank for the tip Peter.  However, I did state:

    "I mean a quick display here, not adding the page count and numbers to a documents footer.  "

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (33,560 points)

    In the absence of anything else…

  • ibdo Level 1 Level 1 (5 points)

    Hey Maztec,


    So, this doesn't 100% solve your problem or make Pages as useable as the last version, but if you click "View" > "Show Page Thumbnails", then you get a running list of your pages in preview on the left of your window (Along with the page count per page). The page you're on will be highlighted in blue and if you scroll down on it, it'll quickly show you your full page count without taking you off your present page.


    Yes, this isn't as helpful as just glancing down; but it's quicker than scrolling through your pages after settign up a page count, and you don't lose track of where you're at...


    Hope that helps!

  • Maztec Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    Thanks guys for trying.  I guess this was discontinued for whatever reason...

  • PeterBreis0807 Level 7 Level 7 (33,560 points)

    …to p!ss off the Users.


    They're running a leader board in Apple HQ to see who can push away the most users in which application.



  • rdgirsberger Level 1 Level 1 (0 points)

    I was looking for the same thing--a fast indication of what page I was on so I could print only one selected page out of a long document.

    The new "solution" of page thumbnails is certainly inelegant and takes up more space on my screen!

    I am missing a lot of the old, simpler features. I hope the developers read these forums.

    Thanks for the answer, ibdo!

  • VikingOSX Level 6 Level 6 (11,510 points)

    I wrote a short AppleScript solution that informs about the current document page as a pop-up dialog. This is for Pages v5+ only. I created and saved an Automator Application named CurrentPage to my Desktop. Providing that Pages is running, it will produce the dialog shown in subsequent Automator screen shot.


    Screen Shot 2014-06-23 at 12.53.03 PM.png


    Double-click /Applications/Automator and choose New Document, Application, and Choose. Follow the Utilities > Run AppleScript (not Shell Script as shown), and drag Run AppleScript over into the larger window and drop it. Select all of its contents and remove them -- this is just boilerplate.


    Copy and paste the following AppleScript into the now vacant Run AppleScript workflow window. Click the hammer, and File > Save... pick a name, and location to save the application where it is handy. Quit Automator.



    -- P

    -- Produce formatted dialog of document name, current page, and page count

    -- Pages v5+ only. Works whether typing in document or scrolling pages.

    -- VikingOSX, June 2014, Apple Support Community - Pages for Mac.


    if not ApplicationIsRunning("Pages") then

      display dialog "Pages must be running to use this utility."

      return quit

    end if


    tell application "Pages"


      tell front document


      set diagTitle to "Current Document Page"

      set docName to (name as text)

      set thePage to current page

      set curPage to 0

      set pageCnt to page count

      set pnList to its page


      repeat with ndx from 1 to count of pnList

      if thePage is equal to item ndx of pnList then

      set curPage to ndx

      end if

      end repeat


      set vformat to "Document: " & tab & tab & docName & return ¬

      & "Current Page: " & tab & curPage & return ¬

      & "Total Pages: " & tab & tab & pageCnt


      end tell

    end tell


    display dialog (vformat as text) giving up after 15 with title diagTitle


    on ApplicationIsRunning(appName)

      tell application "System Events" to set appNameIsRunning to exists (processes where name is appName)

      return appNameIsRunning

    end ApplicationIsRunning

  • VikingOSX Level 6 Level 6 (11,510 points)

    I just posted an Automator solution in this thread that reveals the current Pages v5 document page. Can see it when I am not signed in, but not showing when I am. Did it post?


    [Update] As soon as I posted this, the Automator post from several minutes ago decided to pop into view.