Hello everyone. As most Mac users know, Pages is the word processor supplied by Apple. It is powerful, quick, but often mysterious and shrouded in myth and legend. I'm going to try to dispel some of that fear by giving you all tutorials on how to use features of pages, and sometimes comparing them to features of Windows, for those who are just starting out.
Please remember that, as I go through these tutorials, that I'll be using the "return" key word instead of "enter" which is common in Windows. Return is the name of the key in Mac and Linux circles.
First, I'll focus on what happens when a user opens pages, who has installed it and looked around for a bit, and just gave up a little, thinking that the interface is too cluttered to be useful. When you open Pages, you'll be placed in the Open dialog box. You'll be placed within your iCloud file list, and you can use your up and down arrow keys through these. If you wish to delete one, press command+delete. If you want to open one, just press return on the one you want. If you want to create a new document, press command+N.
When you create a new document, you'll first need to choose a template for it. You can set a default template, but we'll focus on that later. For now, know that the template chooser is a grid. You can use your arrow keys to go through them, and choose one with the return key. When you're ready, arrow to the "blank" template and press return.
getting an inkling
When you first create a new, blank document, you'll be placed in the box in which you'll be typing. The first things you'll hear are "Pages. Untitled window, Body, edit text." This means that you are in Pages, in a window called untitled, and are in the body text field in the document.
The mechanics of writing
In Pages, you can write in text fields normally, as you do in mail, Safari, Messages, and text edit. The Mac will correct many misspellings you make, and if it can't, arrowing over the word will show a list of suggested words. Navigate this list with the right and left arrow keys, and choose one with the return key. Don't worry, and new line will not be put into your document when the suggestions popup is shown.
In this guide, I showed an overview of opening, deleting, and creating documents in the open dialog. I also showed basic text entry within the body of a document. I hope this guide has been helpful, and if anyone has a comment or suggestion, just add your feedback in the comments section.