Apple’s Pages, a powerful word processor, lets you create striking documents on your Mac, iPad, or any other iOS device. You have the freedom to choose from many customizable templates, making it a super easy and creative place to work on your essays, letters or any other documents.
To change the font on a particular document you are working on, all you have to do is change the font style from the format option. But in the next document, you will have to start with the original font again.
Here are some instructions on how to change the default font on Pages on your Mac and other iOS devices. So every time you open a new document you will have a font set to your preference already. It will help you jump start your work and make it easier for you to work on Apple’s Pages.
Here’s how to change default font in Pages for the Basic templates on a Mac:
Step 1: On your Mac, open the Pages application.
Step 2: Select preference from the Pages menu at the top of your screen.
Step 3: In the preference, click on General.
Step 4: In the General option, select the checkbox next to “Set font and size for new Basic documents.”
Step 5: Click on the Font pop-up menu, and select a font of your choice.
Step 6: Click on the arrows next to the option “Font Size”.
Step 7: Choose a font size from the list, or type a value in the text field.
Step 8: Click on the OK button.
After you have set the preference in the Basic category, your saved font and font size will become the default for the templates in the Basic category. Now each time you open a new document or a template, the default font settings will be applied. These settings will not change the font preference for previously existing documents and will only be a default for the new ones.
The selected font and font size will be applied to the Body paragraph style. A different paragraph style will use the same font but the font size will automatically be adjusted per the font size of the original template. For example, if you have selected Helvetica Neue as the font type and 12 points as the font size as the preferred font setting. Then the Title paragraph style in the Blank template will automatically use Helvetica Neue with the font size of 33 points instead of 30 points.
If you wish to revert the changes you made above and wish to work with the original font of the particular template, here’s what you will have to do:
Step 1: Select preference from the Pages menu at the top of your screen.
Step 2: In the preference, click on General.
Step 3: In the General option, deselect the checkbox next to “Set font and size for new documents.”
Step 4: Click the OK button.
Whether you are a novel writer or a fairy-tale writer, you can make your own template on Pages. Letters, books, notices and other such documents require a set appearance different from the basic templates. The writer can choose their font style preference and make multiple templates as per his/hers needs.
Here’s how to change default font in Pages for other templates:
Step 1: On your Mac, open the Pages.
Step 2: Select File, then choose Open and click on ‘New Document’.
A template chooser will open with a variety of different templates to choose from.
Step 3: Select a template of your choice by double-clicking on the template.
Step 4: After the template has opened, in the Format sidebar, click on the Style button, near the top left corner.
Step 5: Select the paragraph style, written as ‘Title’, at the very top of the sidebar.
Step 6: Choose from a range of paragraph styles to modify your text, according to your preference.
Note: It is not necessary to change every paragraph style in the template. For example, if you are writing a simple letter or a document, you may want to change only the heading text style and body text style.
Step 7: In the Font section of the Style sidebar, select a font and a font size of your choice for the selected paragraph style.
Note: You can also choose different character styles like bold and italic and also select the color of the text.
Step 8: Update the paragraph styles on the template with your selected changes by clicking on the Update option.
If there is not an update option and instead an asterisk shows next to the selected paragraph style, then:
Step 8 (i): Click on the Style name option, move your pointer over the Paragraph Styles pop-up menu.
Step 8 (ii): Click on the arrow ‘>’ and select Redefine from Selection option.
Step 8 (iii): Rename the paragraph style and delete the styles that you don’t wish to keep.
Step 9: Delete any sample text you may have typed to set up the paragraph styles that you don’t wish to appear every time you open your customized template.
Step 10: Once you have made the changes, choose File (top left corner of the screen).
Step 11: Select Save As Template.
Step 12: Click ‘Add to Template Chooser and type a new name for your new personalized template.
Note: The customized template has now been added to the ‘My Templates Category’ of the Template Chooser.
The documents on your Pages app in the Mac and any iOS device is synced automatically through the iCloud. Unfortunately, the preference selected in the settings of your Mac does not get transferred to the settings in your iPad or iPhone. Before jumping from your Mac to your iOS device, you will have to go through similar steps as done on your Mac, before opening your document.
Here’s how to change default font in Pages for the Basic templates on iPad and iOS:
Step 1: Open the Pages app on your iPad or iOS device.
Step 2: Tap on the three little dots for the More option (at the upper right-hand corner).
Step 3: Scroll down on the More option and tap on the Settings options.
Step 4: Click on Font for New Document option in the Settings.
Step 5: Turn on the toggle of Set Font and Size.
Step 6: Tap Font and choose your preferred font for the Body paragraph style.
Step 7: To select the font size for the Body paragraph style, increase or decrease the font size from the adjustable button.
Step 8: Tap the Done button on the upper right-hand corner of your screen.
Your new preferred changes will now apply to all new documents after you have set your settings. It will not change the font of the previously existing documents.
If you wish to revert the document or template to their original font, then:
Step 1: Tap on the three little dots for the More option (at the upper right-hand corner in the document).
Step 2: Scroll down on the More option and tap on the Settings options.
Step 3: Click on Font for New Document option in the Settings.
Step 4: Turn off the toggle of Set Font and Size.
To create a custom template with your preferred font size and font style, here’s how to change the default font in pages. In the document manager, click on the ‘+’, and open the template chooser. The rest of the steps are the same as the instructions mentioned for the Mac users. To save your new preferred font setting, tap on the three dots, then export and tap on the Pages Template.
When you work on a new document, you are starting with a new template that is often named ‘Blank’ and has a different setting from other templates. To begin your work with a certain specific font setting you can easily create your template with the help of the instructions given above. The application is designed differently for an effortless use best optimized for a different device. Therefore, the instructions on changing the default font setting on Pages is different for a Mac user and iPad or iPhone user.
This easy-to-read guide on default font change will help you work with ease on your Mac or iPad. You can customize fonts, personalize text styles and add some gripping images to support your content. You have the freedom to choose a creative look for your document or set a standard default font style for all your documents.
Pages provide a revolutionary way of editing texts, whether you are working alone or working with your team. Effortless switching from one device to another or a threaded conversation with other editors on the document, Pages will save your edits automatically.
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