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Tuesday, July 29, 2014

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Mac Tip: Give Pages a try

The biggest complaint teachers had about their new Mac laptops was that Microsoft Office was not available.  Some teachers 
installed a personal version of Microsoft Office and many others are using Open Office which is available on Macs and PCs at H-B.
 
I have Microsoft Office installed on my iMac, but I wish I didn't.  I deleted it from my laptop and go to great pains not to use it on my iMac.  Why?  It freezes my computer.  I prefer to use iWorks which includes Pages for word processing, Numbers for spreadsheets and Keynote for presentations.  I've used Keynote before.  It is like PowerPoint on steroids, but I just started using Pages this September. Now it is my favorite word processor.  Pages and Numbers are also available on H-B iPads.
 
Give Pages a try.  Here are a few tips to get you started: 
 
  •  Drag existing Word documents on top of the Pages  icon on your dock or open Pages from your Applications folder and then select the name of an existing Word document.
  • Check out the Inspector Inspector  on the toolbar.  The Inspector is a tool window that has many of the advanced features like document settings, text wrap, lists, tables and more.  I was new to the Inspector but now find it on many Mac and even some PC applications. 
  • save as Save as a Word Document if sharing with Windows users.  (We can open their files, but they can't open ours.) 
  • Check out the Template Chooser - Pages comes with beautiful templates for newsletters, brochures, flyers, certificates and more.  You won't be looking for Microsoft Publisher after you use a few of these templates.
  • Watch the Welcome to Pages video available from the Help menu in Pages, or look at the Pages overview on the Apple website.