Graphics & design software

Default fonts and Pages

Reader Marcin Szablewski seeks help with fonts and iWorks' Pages. It is written:

I have searched Pages to try and locate a setting such as in Microsoft Word, where I can change the default font used for all new pages created. Unfortunately I can’t locate this setting in the program. How do I go about doing this?

Much as I hate to start the week on a negative note, duty demands I do so by telling you that you can’t. There is no default font for Pages documents. And there isn’t for a good reason.

Microsoft Word, despite its aspiration to be all things to all people, isn’t a page layout program. It’s a word processor. Pages, on the other hand, falls somewhere between a word processor and a page layout application. As such, it relies on templates to do its work. Each template can have its set of default fonts, but you can’t impose a font on all of Pages’ templates.

Given that, your solution is to create templates that suit you. For example, if you routinely use the Traditional Letter and Invoice templates, open those templates, make the style changes you want—change the font and font size, for example—and then choose File -> Save as Template. Give the template a name that suits you—Marcin’s Letter Template, for example—and save it to the My Templates directory. When you next need to type a letter, use the Template Chooser to locate the template you created.

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