Feb 26

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

  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.

 

Choose your own page template for new documents.

It will now use that template for new pages documents.

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

  1. John says:

    Fab walkthrough!

    It worked fab for me!
    Just ONE problem:

    ON STEP 4 IT ASKS TO OPEN STYLE DRAW, JUST LIKE STEP 6 WHERE IT ASKS TO DELETE THE TEXT, WELL AFTER YOU’VE FINISHED WITH THE STYPLE DRAW GO BACK TO VIEW AND PRESS “HIDE STYLE DRAW” OR EVERYTIME YOU OPEN A PAGES DOCUMENT WITH THIS TEMPLATE, THE STYLE DRAW IS GOING TO OPEN EVERY TIME.

    otherwise, great walkthrough

  2. Chris says:

    Whilst what you say will work it does not get over the problem of being able to change the default font. If you want to open another text box within the saved new template it will revert back to the original default font. Very annoying!

    Does anyone know if it is possible to change it permanently as you can do with windows etc.

  3. Ross says:

    You don’t need to enter any text before selecting the default font/size you want.

  4. Marg says:

    That worked for me for body text but doesn’t change table contents though – any ideas there?

  5. Lana says:

    Thank you for this.

  6. Greg says:

    Thank you for this…unfortunately it didn’t work for me. I have iWork ’08, Maybe that’s why… Why do they design it this way anyway?

  7. Michelle says:

    Brilliant. Worked perfectly- thank you very much.

  8. Ralph Z. Hallow says:

    Once again, with another new MacBook Air and a lost Microsft Word key, i find Pages an infuriatingly complicated and not very useful word processing program, woefully behind Microsoft Word in ease and utility for someone who writes for a living. Now I have to buy the whole Microsoft soft Office for Mac to get a word cruncher that’s truly useful.
    I keep buying MacBooks instead of going bak to PCs only because the Mac has apparent immunity to viruses and other contaminants.

  9. Kurt says:

    Come on Apple.. This is driving me crazy… Why not just add an option in Pages Prefs to start Pages everytime with Font XXX and Size XXX?
    This is REALLY silly!!!

  10. Grandma says:

    “Why not just add an option in Pages Prefs to start Pages everytime with Font XXX and Size XXX?”

    You mean, like Appleworks did? Right now I’m finishing up converting all my 16 years’ worth of Appleworks documents into iWork or jpg versions so I can upgrade my OS. I LIKE Appleworks. But I can’t upgrade past Snow Leopard because if I do, Appleworks will be broken. I would think it would be simple to set a default font for all new documents in Pages, but what do I know?

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