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Question: Underlining Blank Spaces

I am having a heck of a time trying to underline blank spaces in a workbook I am creating in Pages. How can I do this easily???

MacBook Pro, iOS 11.2.6

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Mar 14, 2018 10:03 AM in response to eatonfamily4ks In response to eatonfamily4ks

Hi Eatons,

If I understand the question, you are creating a Pages document that will be used to print a series of pages to make a student's workbook. The underlined "blank spaces" will be used as 'answer spaces' in which the student is expected to write his/her response to a question or to complete a sentence, or other similar task.

One way to do this is to use left tabs with leaders:

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Leaders are set in the Format Inspector, as shown here:

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A second method is to use a Shape (in this case a line) inserted from the Shapes button, set to horizontal, and adjusted to a slightly heavier weight using the Format Inspector, then set to Move with text and to be Inline with text using the Arrange section of the Inspector.

On the page, this method loks like this (note the handles on the third line, indicating it is selected):

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Inspector settings (Arrange):

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Mar 14, 2018 10:03 AM

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Mar 15, 2018 4:33 AM in response to eatonfamily4ks In response to eatonfamily4ks

You can also copy a horizontal line of appropriate thickness, length does not matter, paste it into your text where you want it, position vertically with baseline shift and then stretch it out to the length you want.

Good typography would be to put a space at each end of the line.


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