Pages - Searching for All Occurrences of Words and Phrases

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Searching for All Occurrences of Words and Phrases

You can generate a list of all occurrences of a specific word or phrase (including
placeholder text) in your document. If you select a search result in the list, the
page containing the matching text is displayed in the main viewing area, and the text
is highlighted.

Type the word or phrase.

Select an item in the resulting
list to view where the word or

phrase occurs in the document.

Pages searches for a match to the word or phrase in the main body text, headers and
footers, tables, text boxes, shapes, footnotes and endnotes, and comments.

To conduct a search:


Show and hide the search sidebar by clicking View in the toolbar and choosing Search.


Type the word or phrase you want to search for in the search field.

Results, with page references and some text that appears before or after the word or
phrase, are listed as you type.

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Searches are not case sensitive, and you can’t search for invisibles. For example, you
can’t paste the paragraph symbol into the search field and search for it.


To view an item in the search results list on the page where it occurs, click the item.

The page is displayed with the word or phrase highlighted.


To edit a word or phrase selected in the search results list, double-click it or press

Return or Enter. Type to replace the selected text, or click the text to edit it.


To list the results of the last ten searches since opening the document, click the

disclosure triangle in the search field and select a previous search from the list.
The results for the selected search string appear in the list.


To list results that are case sensitive or correspond to entire words or phrases, click the

disclosure triangle in the search field and select Match Case or Whole Words.


Chapter 5

Working with Text

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Apply paragraph, character, and list styles to quickly and

consistently change the appearance of text. Learn how to

modify existing styles or create your own.

As you write and format your document, you may want to create different looks for
different types of text and paragraphs. For example, you may want to have all top-
level headings use the same font, color, and line spacing, or you may want all photo
captions to have the same look.

The simplest way to make sure that text is consistently formatted is to apply styles.
Pages Word Processing and Page Layout templates include a variety of styles that are
suited to the type of document you are working in. The style names, such as Heading,
Body, or Caption, suggest where the style should be used. If you are using a template,
you can apply the preset styles where you need them. You can also change template
styles or create your own styles.

Applying consistent styles is important if you’re creating a table of contents in a word
processing document. To learn more about creating a table of contents, see “Using a
Table of Contents” on page 64.

What Are Styles?

A style is a predefined format that you can apply to text with a click of the mouse. For
example, if your document contains a style named Chapter Heading that centers text,
makes it bold, and increases the font size to 18 points, you can select text, open the
Styles drawer, and then click Chapter Heading. The text automatically centers, changes
to bold, and resizes to 18 points.