How to align text for iWork pages

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How to align text for iWork pages
Pages is part of the iWork suite from Apple. (Justin Sullivan/Getty Images News/Getty Images)

Part of the iWork suite, "Pages" is a word processing application developed by Apple for Mac OS X. Like most word processors, Pages lets you change text size, colour, spacing and alignment.

Alignment is possible for text in a page, column, table, text box or shape. You can align text to the left or right border, centre it, or justify it, and align it with the top, center or bottom of a text box or shape.

Pages '09 context-sensitive toolbar may not always display alignment buttons, but it's possible to bring up a window with all alignment tools.

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    Aligning text in Pages

  1. 1

    Select the text you want to align by clicking and dragging over it. The text will be highlighted to show that it has been selected.

  2. 2

    Click "Inspector" in the toolbar, represented by an "i" in a blue circle. Alternatively, click "View" from the top menu and then click "Show Inspector." The Inspector Window will appear.

  3. 3

    Click the "T" icon in the Inspector toolbar to open the Text Inspector. Click the button labelled "Text" to show the font alignment buttons.

  4. 4

    Click one of the five horizontal alignment buttons to align the selected text horizontally. From left to right, they are "Align Left," "Centre," "Align Right," "Justify," and "Auto Align Table Cell."

  5. 5

    Click one of the three vertical alignment buttons to align the selected text vertically. From left to right, the three buttons align text to the top, middle or bottom respectively of a text box, shape or table cell.

Tips and warnings

  • If you're working with a cell in a table, the vertical alignment buttons appear in the format bar.
  • When text is selected, the horizontal text alignment buttons also appear in the format bar.

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