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Mac OS® X Snow Leopard™ All-in-One for Dummies® by Mark L. Chambers

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Chapter IV.1. Desktop Publishing with Pages

In This Chapter

  • Creating a Pages document

  • Entering and editing text

  • Formatting text

  • Inserting tables and graphics

  • Resizing objects

  • Checking your spelling

  • Printing Pages documents

  • Sharing your work

What's the difference between word processing and desktop publishing? In a nutshell, it's in how you design your document. Most folks use a word processor like an old-fashioned typewriter. Think Microsoft Word and a typical business letter. (Yawn.)

On the other hand, a desktop publishing application typically allows you far more creativity in choosing where you place your text, how you align graphics, and how you edit formats. I think desktop publishing is more visual and intuitive, allowing your imagination a free hand at creating a document.

In this chapter, I show you how to set your inner designer free from the tedious constraints of word processing! Whether you need a simple letter, a stunning brochure, or a multipage newsletter, Pages '09 can handle the job with ease — and you'll be surprised at how simple it is to use.

Creating a New Pages Document

Every visual masterpiece starts somewhere, and with Pages, the first stop in creating your document is the Template Chooser window. To create a new Pages document from scratch, follow these steps:

  1. Double-click your hard drive icon and click the Applications entry in the Finder window sidebar. Double-click the iWork folder to open it.

    Tip

    The iWork installation program offers to add a Pages icon to your Dock. ...

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