Feb 26

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Here’s how to change the default font, size, colour etc of a new Pages document in Pages, so that every new document will have the style you want.

 

Here’s how to change the  default font in Pages 5 (thanks to Elysia!)

I think I have found the best solution. You can set Pages to open a default template when you create a new document.

1. Open a new document and select the font settings you want (e.g. Times New Roman, Size 12)
2. Go to File > Save as Template. Save your template (I saved mine as “Normal).
3. Go to Pages > Preferences
4. Under the “General” tab > For New Documents, check off “Use template.”
5. Click “Change Template,” and select the template you just created.

Now each time you open a new document, it will use your template with the saved settings.

Here’s how to do it in Pages 4:

  1. Open a New document
  2. Select some text in the document
  3. Change the font and color to what you want
  4. Go to View: Show Styles Drawer
  5. Click on the red arrow next to “Body” and & select “Redefine Style from Selection”
  6. Delete all the text that you typed. Otherwise that text appears every time you open a new document.
  7. Go to File: “Save As Template…” and Save the document as a name that is clear e.g. “100 black”
  8. Go to Pages: Preferences
  9. Under the General tab click the “Use template” for new Documents.
  10. Select ‘”Templates” and select the template you just saved.

 

Template for new documents

Choose your own page template for new documents.

It will now use that template for new pages documents.

33 Responses to “How to change the default font style in Pages”

  1. Elysia says:

    I think I have found the best solution. You can set Pages to open a default template when you create a new document.

    1. Open a new document and select the font settings you want (i.e. Times New Roman, Size 12)
    2. Go to File > Save as Template. Save your template (I saved mine as “Normal).
    3. Go to Pages > Preferences
    4. Under the “General” tab > For New Documents, check off “Use template.”
    5. Click “Change Template,” and select the template you just created.

    Now each time you open a new document, it will use your template with the saved settings.

  2. elizabeth says:

    o dear! I tried to do this in pages 4, and now I can’t start any new documents. What do I do now?

  3. Texas001 says:

    I want to be able to highlight a sentence or paragraph and then be able to change the font and/or the color of the text. That is the answer I am looking for. How do I do that?

  4. dave says:

    This is absolutely ridiculous. All I want to do is change the default font in a template so it always uses that font. The method above doesn’t work. One simple piece of knowledge does. Select the whole document.
    Open the document. “Select All” in the edit menu. Make your changes. Save it as a new template.
    Why on earth did it have to take me an hour of frustration, fruitless searches and screwing around to make this happen.

  5. megan armstrong says:

    I have tried this as well, it does not work and this is a cumbersome process. If Apple insists that we have to use pages they should make it work as well as Word and other processing systems. This should be as easy as a click of the button. Saving templates? really? this is not user friendly as a process or helpful.

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